Nov 15, 2016 12:55 AM
Clippers rip Nets 127-95 for 7th straight win, go to 10-1
The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chris Paul had 21 points and nine assists, Blake Griffin added 20 points and the Los Angeles Clippers blitzed the Brooklyn Nets 127-95 on Monday night to improve to an NBA-best 10-1 with their seventh straight victory.
Los Angeles came in having outscored opponents by an average of 15.1 points, largest in the league. Brooklyn quickly found itself relegated to the Clippers' quickly growing scrap heap.
Bojan Bogdanovic led the Nets with 18 points and Sean Kilpatrick added 14. Brooklyn's season-high 22 turnovers led to 35 points by the Clippers.
J.J. Redick added 18 points, Luc Mbah a Moute scored 11 points and DeAndre Jordan had 14 rebounds for the Clippers, who shot 53 percent from the floor while extending the best start in franchise history. Their 127 points were a season high.
Los Angeles raced to a 35-7 lead to start the game, highlighted by Jordan's reverse dunk off Griffin's alley-oop pass. The Nets didn't score the rest of their 14 first-quarter points until the last two minutes of the period and finished with their lowest point total in a quarter this season.
Brooklyn went on its only run of the game in the second, scoring 10 straight points to close to 51-34.
Paul re-entered the game, hitting a 3-pointer that launched a 20-13 spurt and gave the Clippers a 71-47 halftime lead.
Leading 89-59 in the third, Griffin and Jordan energized the fading crowd with consecutive one-handed jams. Griffin stuffed a pass from Redick and on their next trip up the court, Jordan dunked in front of Justin Hamilton, whose only defense was to stick his arms straight up in the air.
The starters' work was done after that, with Griffin and Jordan joining Paul, Redick and Mbah a Moute in sitting for good.
The Clippers' bench increased the lead to 102-71 heading into the fourth, when Griffin was on his feet laughing and pumping his arm in the air.
Nets: They haven't beaten the Clippers in LA since 2010. ... Brooklyn fell to 1-4 on the road. ... G-F Caris LeVert (left foot rehab) and G Jeremy Lin (strained left hamstring) sat out.
Clippers: Jordan needs two made free throws for 1,000 in his career. ... G Jamal Crawford, the king of four-point plays, had one in the fourth, making a free throw after getting fouled on a 3-pointer he launched from in front of his team's bench. He fell down and was quickly helped to his feet by giddy teammates. ... Crawford led the bench with 17 points and Raymond Felton had 11. ... Wesley Johnson missed his second straight game with a left heel contusion.
Nets: They remain in town to play the Lakers on Tuesday to complete a back-to-back. The Nets have lost two straight to them.
Clippers: Host Memphis on Wednesday, with LA having gone 5-1 in the teams' last six regular season meetings.