Before the Clippers played their first exhibition game of the season against the Portland Trail Blazers Coach Doc Rivers said DeAndre Jordan has been "sensational" during training camp.

And then Jordan went and proved his coach right.

Jordan had 16 points on six-for-nine shooting eight rebounds four blocks and two steals in 21 minutes 11 seconds during the Clippers' 89-81 victory over Portland.

He even had success at the free-throw line making four of five.

"It's a fresh start not only for myself but everybody here" Jordan said. "With his philosophy we start on defense first. I'm a defensive player and I want to become a better defensive player. I'm just taking on this challenge that's all."

Jordan was the most active player on the Moda Center court Monday night.

And he was that way from the very beginning getting a steal and then running on the fastbreak that ended with Jordan throwing down a dunk.

There was the time when Jordan helped out on defense and then recovered to block a shot by his man Portland center Robin Lopez.

That was just a small sampling of how Jordan played leaving Rivers to say his center was "terrific."

"He was dominant on his end" Rivers said. "He controlled the game by single-handedly with his defense and his energy and his talk."