Clippers rout 76ers with wire-to-wire win
|Los Angeles Clippers' DeAndre Jordan (6) reacts after dunking on Philadelphia 76ers' Jrue Holiday (11) and Nick Young (1) during their NBA basketball game in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, February 11, 2013. Photo by Tim Shaffer, Reuters.|
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania - Chris Paul was back in fine form, finishing with 21 points, 11 assists and five steals as the Los Angeles Clippers defeated Philadelphia 107-90 in a wire-to-wire victory Monday.
Blake Griffin and Jamal Crawford bagged 20 points each for the Clippers, who have won two of three since Paul returned to the lineup Friday.
"Their defense was tremendous," Sixers head coach Doug Collins said. "Their bigs are so active and quick. They were impressive."
Paul had missed 12 of the Clippers' past 14 National Basketball Association games because of a bone bruise on his right knee.
Griffin provided the dynamic moment of the game when he dunked over top of 76ers Spencer Hawes.
Driving the left side, Griffin rose with the ball in both hands and switched to his left before slamming it home.
"That was nasty," Paul said.
Nick Young led the 76ers with 29 points against his former team. Philadelphia has lost two of their last three.
The Clippers got off to a 10-1 start and never looked back, leading by as many as 32 points at one stage.
They led 30-22 after the first quarter, 56-33 at halftime and 88-59 heading into the fourth.
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