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Griffin and Clippers dominate Bobcats

Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Blake Griffin netted 31 points and pulled down 12 rebounds, as the Los Angeles Clippers used a strong third quarter to surge past the Charlotte Bobcats en route to a 112-85 victory on Wednesday at Staples Center.

Chris Paul posted a 17-point, 14-assist double-double, while Jared Dudley drained six 3-pointers and finished with 20 points for the Clippers, who had lost three of their last four games coming into the contest.

"When you move the ball side to side, it opens up the floor," Dudley said. "When I see the ball go in, it brings confidence. I was aggressive tonight."

Al Jefferson and Kemba Walker each scored 14 points to pace the Bobcats, who have lost four straight, including the first three games of a five-game road trip.

"We played a great, championship-caliber team tonight," Charlotte head coach Steve Clifford said. "Our first half offense was good, but we didn't play well in the second half."

With the game tied 56-56 at the break, the Clippers opened the second half on a 14-4 flurry that Dudley bookended with a pair of 3-pointers to give LA a 70-60 lead with 8:00 left in the third.

Jefferson stopped the surge with a layup at the other end, but Dudley drilled another triple and DeAndre Jordan followed with consecutive buckets around an Anthony Tolliver jumper to make it 77-64 with 5:08 on the clock.

The Clippers carried an 81-69 advantage into the fourth, which Dudley opened with another trey to create a 15-point spread.

A Bismack Biyombo bucket brought the Bobcats within 11 with 7:18 left, but Griffin registered the game's next eight points to push the margin to 97-78 with 5:31 remaining in the contest.

The Clippers cruised to victory the rest of the way.

Neither team was able to create much separation in a first half that featured 18 lead changes and eight ties.

Charlotte's biggest lead was six, while LA's was five before the teams went into halftime tied at 56-56.

Game Notes

The Clippers improved to 14-3 at home this season, while the Bobcats dropped to 6-9 on the road ... LA has won six straight against Charlotte ... Dudley drained as many 3-pointers as the entire Charlotte squad, which finished 6- of-21 from beyond the arc.

01/02 01:20:42 ET

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2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
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y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
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y= clinched division title
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