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NBA Game Summary - Philadelphia at LA Clippers



(Sunday, February 9th)

Final Score: LA Clippers 123, Philadelphia 78

Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Blake Griffin sure enjoyed Chris Paul's return to the lineup Sunday night.

Griffin finished with 26 points, 11 rebounds and six assists and also had a pair of highlight-reel alley-oop slams, courtesy of Paul, as the Los Angeles Clippers dismantled the Philadelphia 76ers, 123-78, at Staples Center.

Paul, who missed 18 games with a Grade 3 AC joint separation in his right shoulder, finished with seven points, eight assists and four steals in just under 23 minutes in his return.

"It felt great to play. It looked like it was our offense, but it was really our defense tonight. Preparation has a lot to do with it. We're all making plays, it's all about winning," Paul said.

Griffin and Paul were each selected to represent the Western Conference in the All-Star game next weekend. Griffin, who received the honors in each of his four seasons as a pro, will start for third straight time. Paul, the reining All-Star game MVP, will be making his seventh appearance in the game.

Jamal Crawford finished with 21 points and DeAndre Jordan added 10 points, 20 rebounds and four blocks for the Clippers, who improved to 36-18.

It was the largest margin of victory in franchise history.

Tony Wroten scored a team-high 21 points and Thaddeus Young added 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Sixers, who have dropped six straight to fall to 14th place in the Eastern Conference.

Philadelphia shot an abysmal 27 percent (27-for-100) from the field and went just 3-for-28 from long distance.

The Sixers never had a chance Sunday as the Clippers opened the game on a 13-0 run. LA went 10-for-12 from the field during the run. Philadelphia finally got on the board with just over three minutes played when Young knocked down a 3- pointer.

Paul knocked down a jumper 30 seconds later to jumpstart a 15-0 run that had LA up 30-5 and the hosts' lead swelled to 31, 46-15, by the end of the quarter.

"We ran into a buzz saw. We got jumped early and didn't respond. It's not an easy thing to go through. Give them credit for their defensive intensity." said Sixers coach Brett Brown.

With 2:44 remaining in the opening stanza, Griffin hobbled to the locker room with a bruised shin.

He returned in the second quarter showing no ill affects from the minor injury, highlighting a 20-8 run with a pair of authoritative alley-oop slams from Paul.

The first came when a Michael Carter-Williams pass deflected off the backboard to Crawford, who found Paul down the court. Paul lobbed the ball off the backboard to Griffin, who finished it with a windmill slam.

On the ensuing trip down the court, Jordan intercepted a Carter-Williams pass and found Griffin, who threw a behind-the-back pass to Paul. Paul then lobbed it right back to Griffin with an underhand toss for another rim-rattling windmill slam.

LA led by as many as 43 in the second and took a 69-30 lead into the break.

Philadelphia shot just 15.4 percent (8-for-52) from the field in the first half.

It was the same story in the second half as the Clippers' lead reached 54 points, 89-33, at the midway point of the third and the Sixers never got closer than 42 the rest of the way.

"I just think they were excited to get Chris back in the lineup. You can see that in the way the guys were flying down the floor. That was really nice to see," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said.

Game Notes

LA was 50-for-89 from the field ... The Clippers scored 32 points off 18 Sixers' turnovers ... LA outrebounded the Sixers 59-44 ... The loss was the largest margin for the Sixers this season ... Carter-Williams had 14 points, seven rebounds and five assists in the setback.

02/10 00:44:03 ET

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Standings

2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 33 .593 --- 26-15 22-18 32-19 W 2
x-Brooklyn 44 37 .543 4 28-13 16-24 26-25 L 1
New York 36 45 .444 12 18-22 18-23 25-26 W 3
Boston 25 56 .309 23 16-24 9-32 21-30 L 1
Philadelphia 18 63 .222 30 10-31 8-32 13-38 W 1
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 55 26 .679 --- 35-6 20-20 37-14 W 1
x-Chicago 48 33 .593 7 27-14 21-19 35-16 W 1
Cleveland 32 49 .395 23 18-22 14-27 20-31 L 2
Detroit 29 52 .358 26 17-24 12-28 23-29 L 3
Milwaukee 15 66 .185 40 10-30 5-36 12-39 L 2
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 27 .667 --- 32-8 22-19 34-17 L 2
x-Washington 43 38 .531 11 22-19 21-19 32-19 W 3
x-Charlotte 42 39 .519 12 24-16 18-23 29-22 W 2
x-Atlanta 37 44 .457 17 24-17 13-27 27-24 L 1
Orlando 23 58 .284 31 19-21 4-37 17-34 L 3
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 58 23 .716 --- 33-7 25-16 36-16 L 2
x-Portland 53 28 .654 5 30-10 23-18 30-21 W 4
Minnesota 40 41 .494 18 24-16 16-25 23-28 L 2
Denver 36 45 .444 22 22-18 14-27 20-31 L 1
Utah 24 57 .296 34 16-25 8-32 12-39 L 5
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 24 .704 --- 34-7 23-17 36-15 W 2
x-Golden State 50 31 .617 7 27-14 23-17 30-21 W 1
Phoenix 47 34 .580 10 26-15 21-19 27-24 L 3
Sacramento 28 53 .346 29 17-23 11-30 15-36 W 1
LA Lakers 26 55 .321 31 14-27 12-28 14-37 W 1
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 19 .765 --- 32-8 30-11 38-13 L 1
x-Houston 54 27 .667 8 33-8 21-19 31-20 W 2
x-Dallas 49 32 .605 13 26-15 23-17 29-22 W 1
x-Memphis 49 32 .605 13 26-14 23-18 28-23 W 4
New Orleans 33 48 .407 29 21-19 12-29 14-37 W 1
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHR 2
DUR 9
 
7:00pm Tonight
CHA
CHI
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR
 
7:05pm Tuesday
PHI 0
ATL 0
7:05pm Tuesday
NYY 0
CHC 0
7:05pm Tuesday
BAL 0
TAM 0
7:08pm Tuesday
DET 0
CLE 0
Final
CIN 7
PIT 5
Final
MIA 11
WAS 2
Final
TEX 5
SEA 0
Final
CWS 2
BOS 1
Final
HOU 2
KAN 4
Final
MIL 1
STL 6
Final
MIN 3
TOR 9
Final
ARI 0
NYM 9
Final
ANA 9
OAK 10
Final
SDP 2
COL 3
Final
SFG 3
LOS 2
12:35pm Today
CIN
PIT
12:35pm Today
BAL
TAM
 
1:05pm Today
NYY
CHC
 
1:10pm Today
MIL
STL
 
3:40pm Today
ARI
NYM
 
7:05pm Tonight
PHI
ATL
 
7:05pm Tonight
NYY
CHC
 
7:08pm Tonight
DET
CLE
 
7:10pm Tonight
MIA
WAS
 
8:05pm Tonight
TEX
SEA
 
8:10pm Tonight
CWS
BOS
 
8:10pm Tonight
HOU
KAN
 
8:10pm Tonight
MIN
TOR
 
10:05pm Tonight
ANA
OAK
 
10:10pm Tonight
SDP
COL
 
10:15pm Tonight
SFG
LOS
 
Final
BRK 98
NYK 109
Final
LAC 117
DEN 105
7:00pm Tonight
CHA
CHI
 
7:00pm Tonight
ORL
IND
 
8:00pm Tonight
MIL
ATL
 
8:00pm Tonight
CLE
BRK
 
8:00pm Tonight
MEM
DAL
 
8:00pm Tonight
OKC
DET
 
8:00pm Tonight
NOP
HOU
 
8:00pm Tonight
SAN
LAL
 
8:00pm Tonight
MIA
PHI
 
8:00pm Tonight
NYK
TOR
 
8:00pm Tonight
MIN
UTA
 
8:00pm Tonight
BOS
WAS
 
10:30pm Tonight
DEN
GSW
 
10:30pm Tonight
POR
LAC
 
10:30pm Tonight
SAC
PHO
 
7:00pm Tonight
TAM
MON
7:30pm Tonight
PIT
CLB
10:00pm Tonight
ANA
DAL
Final
CHR 2
DUR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR