Revenge is a dish best served cold. Or in this case, a temperate 45 degrees at home in Southern California for the Los Angeles Clippers. Not only was tonight’s 93-77 victory over the New Orleans Hornets revenge for their loss against the Hornets last month, but it also marked the Clippers’ 11th-straight win.
The Clippers seemed very happy to be home, dominating the energy of the game with a lot of fast breaks and exciting dunks. The Clippers capitalized on their well-conditioned team, forcing 21 turnovers that resulted in 31 points. They also held the Hornets to under 39% shooting from the field, although the Hornets were able to give the Clippers some trouble with Robin Lopez down low. In the end, it was a happy homecoming that also marked Chris Paul’s 5,000th career assist. Paul is the third youngest player to reach this mark, sharing the honor with Hall of Famers Magic Johnson and Isiah Thomas. AND we were graced with a dunk by Paul in the third quarter, which is always fun to watch.
For the Clippers, Blake Griffin led the team with 18 points and 4 rebounds. Jamal Crawford followed with 17 points and 5 assists, and DeAndre Jordan put up 12 points and 5 rebounds.
For the Hornets, Lopez led the team with 22 points and 9 rebounds. Anthony “You are supposed to have TWO eyebrows” Davis followed with 16 points and 5 rebounds.
The Clippers stay home to face the Sacramento Kings on Friday. The Clippers have tied the franchise record of 11th-straight wins, and the only thing standing in the way of their 12th-straight is the Kings…and the Mayan apocalypse.