It’s difficult to put into words exactly what Chris Paul brought to the Clippers tonight. Oh wait, no it’s not. He brought 21 points, 11 assists, and 5 steals. Oh, and all the intangibles like his calming presence and his leadership on the court, as well as his fantastic taste in black-rimmed glasses.
The Clippers continued their success from their win on Sunday, looking much more like their beginning-of-season selves than they had recently. On offense, the Clippers shot 58.7% from the field. They outscored the 76ers 48-26 in the paint, looking very high-flying with some really impressive dunks. On defense, they held the 76ers to 41.7% shooting and forced 14 turnovers that led to 19 Clippers points. If anything can be said about tonight, it’s that the Clippers certainly seemed like they were finally having fun.
For the Clippers, Blake Griffin followed Paul with 20 points and 9 rebounds. Jamal Crawford also put up 20 points, shooting 80% from the field.
For the 76ers, Nick Young led the team with 29 points. Evan Turner, Jrue Holiday, and Jeremy Pargo each had 10 points.
The Clippers return to the Staples Center from their Grammy road trip on Wednesday to take on the Houston Rockets.