What's the best way to stay competitive in the
Play as many teams as possible from the East.
It's a formula the
Blake Griffin was strong across the board with 21 points, eight rebounds and six assists and
They will be sad to know that their next two games are against New Orleans and Phoenix, both of whom reside in the far more cutthroat conference.
Then again, it may not matter considering the way they've played lately.
"We are becoming more and more comfortable with exactly who we are as a team," Griffin said.
Chris Paul continued to masterfully orchestrate the Clippers' offense, finding the perfect balance between shooting and passing. He finished with 19 points on seven-for-10 shooting to go with 10 assists.
Griffin shrugged off a smack to the face in the second quarter that earned Orlando's
"I got hit in the face, but honestly, I didn't think it was going to be a flagrant 2," Griffin said. "I don't think it was vicious or anything like that."
Redick contributed a second consecutive strong game, making seven of 11 shots and four of seven three-pointers to nudge his early season struggles further into the background. The Clippers are 8-1 when Redick scores at least 14 points.
The Clippers starters combined to make 32 of 51 shots, an astonishing 62.7%.
"It's very tough to guard," Paul said. "You don't know who's going to score, who's going to shoot, the way we're sharing the ball. It's just a fun way to play."
None of the Clippers starters played during a fourth quarter in which fans entertained themselves by breaking out the wave. For the record, team owner Steve Ballmer participated.
Eyes tend to roll when NBA players talk about every game counting, but in the West the concept is legitimate. The top eight teams in the conference entered the day with a collective 36-game winning streak.
Even with their longest winning streak of the season, the Clippers (13-5) have only moved into a tie with the
"The East doesn't matter to us," Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said, "but in the West you've got to win games."