There's nothing like a scheduled victory to start the new year.
Their reward was a game Saturday night at
The Clippers set a season high with 69 points in the first half and broke the 100-point barrier with 11/2 minutes left in the third quarter on the way to a 130-99 victory over the team with the
As is customary during a busy stretch, the Clippers taped a free-throw line inside their locker room to stage their pregame walk-through. Center
They are 5-0 since Blake Griffin was sidelined by a partially torn left quadriceps tendon that's expected to keep him out at least another week. Clippers Coach
His teammates have persevered just fine in his second extended absence in two seasons.
"Blake's our No. 1 scoring option," Jordan said, "so when he's out there's going to definitely be more opportunities and more looks for other guys. We're learning to play without Blake and everybody's picking it up so when he does come back we'll be a lot better."
The Clippers were essentially walking in place for 11/2 quarters against the 76ers until Jordan dunked a lob from
Jordan air-balled the free throw and the 76ers decided it might be a good idea to start intentionally fouling him.
It wasn't. Jordan made three of four free throws amid the hacking before adding dunks on consecutive possessions, helping the Clippers extend what had been a four-point lead to a 69-52 halftime advantage and remove any remaining drama.
"That stretch before halftime I thought took their spirit away a little bit," Rivers said.
Paul finished with 15 points and 14 assists and
Redick has made 49.1% of his three-pointers, putting him on pace to break the record of 46.6% set by Eric Piatkowski during the 2001-02 season.
"J.J.'s one of those guys that I don't care what he's shooting, 50% or 10%, I'm going to try to find him," Paul said.
Jahlil Okafor scored 23 points on 10-for-14 shooting for the 76ers (3-33), who wore down while playing on the back end of a back-to-back that started Friday with a loss to the Lakers.
The Clippers have gone smaller with Griffin out, using
Smith played seven minutes in the fourth quarter with the Clippers ahead by as many as 39 points, but the veteran forward doesn't appear to be nearing a return to the rotation.
"Right now," Doc Rivers said, "why would you want to touch what's going on?"