Recap: LA Clippers vs. Philadelphia


The Sports Network

Los Angeles, CA ( - Blake Griffin sure enjoyed Chris Paul's return to the lineup Sunday night.

Griffin finished with 26 points, 11 rebounds and six assists and also had a pair of highlight-reel alley-oop slams, courtesy of Paul, as the Los Angeles Clippers dismantled the Philadelphia 76ers, 123-78, at Staples Center.

Paul, who missed 18 games with a Grade 3 AC joint separation in his right shoulder, finished with seven points, eight assists and four steals in just under 23 minutes in his return.

"It felt great to play. It looked like it was our offense, but it was really our defense tonight. Preparation has a lot to do with it. We're all making plays, it's all about winning," Paul said.

Griffin and Paul were each selected to represent the Western Conference in the All-Star game next weekend. Griffin, who received the honors in each of his four seasons as a pro, will start for third straight time. Paul, the reining All-Star game MVP, will be making his seventh appearance in the game.

Jamal Crawford finished with 21 points and DeAndre Jordan added 10 points, 20 rebounds and four blocks for the Clippers, who improved to 36-18.

It was the largest margin of victory in franchise history.

Tony Wroten scored a team-high 21 points and Thaddeus Young added 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Sixers, who have dropped six straight to fall to 14th place in the Eastern Conference.

Philadelphia shot an abysmal 27 percent (27-for-100) from the field and went just 3-for-28 from long distance.

The Sixers never had a chance Sunday as the Clippers opened the game on a 13-0 run. LA went 10-for-12 from the field during the run. Philadelphia finally got on the board with just over three minutes played when Young knocked down a 3- pointer.

Paul knocked down a jumper 30 seconds later to jumpstart a 15-0 run that had LA up 30-5 and the hosts' lead swelled to 31, 46-15, by the end of the quarter.

"We ran into a buzz saw. We got jumped early and didn't respond. It's not an easy thing to go through. Give them credit for their defensive intensity." said Sixers coach Brett Brown.

With 2:44 remaining in the opening stanza, Griffin hobbled to the locker room with a bruised shin.

He returned in the second quarter showing no ill affects from the minor injury, highlighting a 20-8 run with a pair of authoritative alley-oop slams from Paul.

The first came when a Michael Carter-Williams pass deflected off the backboard to Crawford, who found Paul down the court. Paul lobbed the ball off the backboard to Griffin, who finished it with a windmill slam.

On the ensuing trip down the court, Jordan intercepted a Carter-Williams pass and found Griffin, who threw a behind-the-back pass to Paul. Paul then lobbed it right back to Griffin with an underhand toss for another rim-rattling windmill slam.

LA led by as many as 43 in the second and took a 69-30 lead into the break.

Philadelphia shot just 15.4 percent (8-for-52) from the field in the first half.

It was the same story in the second half as the Clippers' lead reached 54 points, 89-33, at the midway point of the third and the Sixers never got closer than 42 the rest of the way.

"I just think they were excited to get Chris back in the lineup. You can see that in the way the guys were flying down the floor. That was really nice to see," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said.

Game Notes

Read more Basketball Wires stories from the Miami Herald

  • Warriors to start Jermaine O'Neal

    Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson said Friday that Jermaine O'Neal will start Game1 at center Saturday night against the Los Angeles Clippers. Now all that's left to determine is if Jackson will hold to it.

  • Warriors-Clippers: How they match up

    LOS ANGELES-Aside from the constant refrain of whether the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors dislike or hate each other, their first-round Western Conference playoff series has the potential to be very entertaining.

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, left, looks for room to maneuver around Los Angeles Clippers forward Glen Davis during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, April 16, 2014.

    Lillard looks to first postseason with Portland

    Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts expects guard Damian Lillard to make a quick adjustment to playoff basketball.

Get your Miami Heat Fan Gear!

Join the

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category