first_imgWith Griffin out, Jordan used the extra space to score 19 points and grab nine rebounds, running to the rim for easy dunks and grabbing offensive boards over New Orleans’ big men. J.J. Redick roamed around the perimeter, scoring 16 points.Austin Rivers, filling the gap in the starting lineup, had one of his best games this season, scoring 18 points and dishing out four assists, but an elbow to the face in the third quarter sent him to the floor.He stayed on the ground after Terrence Jones’ inadvertent left elbow, forcing the Clippers to call timeout. As he sat on the bench, he briefly wrapped a towel around his head, and then, he shook it from side to side.After returning to the court for 46 seconds to start the fourth quarter, he had to be helped to the locker room, where he was “evaluated” and kept out for the rest of the game.Doc Rivers said a concussion test was administered on the bench, and Austin Rivers passed.“That blow, obviously, had a delayed effect,” he said.With Rivers hurt and Raymond Felton not with the team due to the death of his grandmother, Paul and Redick both had to play extended minutes in the fourth quarter with the game already a blowout.Even with the Rivers injury, the Clippers continued to roll in the second half – one of their best since their win in Cleveland.Jamal Crawford scored 22, Marreese Speights had 17 and 12 rebounds and Wes Johnson had 10 to round out seven Clippers in double figures.After allowing the Pelicans, playing without Anthony Davis, Jrue Holiday and E’Twaun Moore, to score 31 points in the first quarter, the Clipper defense locked in. New Orleans committed 16 turnovers leading to 22 Clipper points. In the third quarter, Paul dished out half of his 20 assists while Austin Rivers hit all four of his shots – three coming from 3-point range – as the Clippers made things one-sided.The Clippers out-scored New Orleans 72-50 in the second half.As Paul talked about his 20-20-0 game, before mentioning else, Paul joked that he was simply making up for the turnovers he’d committed over the past few weeks.“That’s always the first thing I look at,” Paul said. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LOS ANGELES >> The Clippers needed a win, but really, the Clippers needed Chris Paul.The Clippers’ star point guard broke ankles and sliced through coverages to stop a two-game skid at Staples Center, leading the Clippers to a 133-105 win.Paul dished out a season-best 20 assists with no turnovers while scoring 20 points, feasting on a Pelican backcourt that was missing a pair of starting guards.“He’s a legend,” DeAndre Jordan said.center_img Paul is the first player since individual turnovers were recorded to have 20 points, 20 assists and no turnovers.His big game was even more critical with the Clippers missing Blake Griffin, who was out for the night with a sore knee. He’s expected back Monday against Portland.“Visually,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said, “it looked beautiful.”Paul had plenty of help on Saturday, with the Clippers well-rested after two days off following their loss to Golden State on Wednesday.“All of them were great,” Rivers said. “They all moved the ball and got down the floor.”last_img

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