Lob City was back at Staples… Oh, ME, oh MY, was it back.
Caron Butler got things started with an early first quarter dunk over former Clipper Chris Kaman and the rout was on.
In perhaps the most entertaining win of this young season, the Clippers’ full arsenal was on display as they won their 4th straight game. From thunderous Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan flights above the rim to smothering defense, the Los Angeles Clippers shed their habit of lethargic treatment of inferior opponents and applied a 48 minute beat down. The game was so one-sided that Mark Cuban was even caught on the Jumbotron screen sleeping late in the 4th quarter.
After one quarter, the Clippers led by 11. By halftime, they’d scored 60 points and had pushed their cushion to 18.
Blake Griffin scored 19 points (seemingly all on highlight reel dunks) and gobbled up 13 rebounds in 28 minutes, while hitting jumpers from 15 feet out, one of which – a fall away over Shawn Marion – should serve notice that his game is evolving steadily toward elite status. Jamal Crawford once again led the team off the bench with 20 points on 7 for 12 shooting.
And let’s not even get into DeAndre Jordan’s tenacious 12 points on 5-7 shooting, while disrupting everything the Mavs tried to do, offensively. Jordan managed a steal in the second quarter, going the full length of the court for a slam that brought the crowd to its feet.
Chris Paul played only 29 minutes and dished out 13 assists, scoring 14 points on a quiet 5 for 10 field goals.
Again, the Clippers’ bench came through, outscoring the Mav’s reserves 47-34, with Matt Barnes chipping in 11 points and Lamar Odom a modest 4 (though Odom collected 11 rebounds and defended well, overall).
For the Mavericks, Vince Carter led the team in scoring with 16 points, Derick Fisher adding 15 in the starting point guard role, and Shawn Marion and former Clipper Chris Kaman putting in 14 apiece.
The Clippers record now stands at 12-6 with a relatively mild slate of games coming up; indeed, their next eleven opponents are at or below .500.
Topics: Blake Griffin, Caron Butler, Chauncey Billups, Chris Kaman, Chris Paul, Dallas Mavericks, DeAndre Jordan, Eric Bledsoe, Jamal Crawford, LA Clippers, Lamar Odom, Los Angeles Clippers, Matt Barnes, Vinny Del Negro