At the start of this six-game excursion, when the
But that was the fate they had to accept after a 114-96 victory over the
Certainly, finishing with a 3-3 ledger was better than the alternative, considering the Clippers were 1-3 at one point.
"Obviously we won three games. We went .500," Coach Doc Rivers said. "Years past, that's probably good, not good enough. But the way we look at things, we can't get it back so we don't even worry about it. It is what it is. It could have been an awful trip. Then we turned it into a pretty good trip."
The journey began at Dallas on Nov. 23 with a 20-point victory over the
But they rebounded with an invigorating victory over the defending
"If you think about it, we started off 1-3, with our last two games at Cleveland and we knew we were going to be here off a back-to-back and these guys are [5-2] in their last [seven games]," said Chris Paul, who narrowly missed a triple-double, finishing with 17 points, 13 assists and eight rebounds. "So all in all, I'm glad how we closed out the trip."
Blake Griffin, who sat out the game at Brooklyn, led the Clippers with 27 points and had 10 rebounds.
New Orleans tried to counter with All-Star forward
So the Clippers are 16-5 and return home for a game Sunday at Staples Center against Indiana with a better frame of mind because they won their last two games.
"At the end of a road trip, it can go one or two ways," Griffin said. "You can kind of be like, 'All right, let's go finish this out on a good note and get home and get this over with.' Or you can completely lose focus and come in and not play the way you want. I thought we did the first."