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Saturday night's game didn't need to be a struggle for the Clippers, but they made it one anyway.
They couldn't pull away from the lowly Washington Wizards at Staples Center. Every time they extended a lead, they gave it back. So their 94-87 win in the final game of the season's first half was more of a relief than a rout.
The Clippers shot a season-worst 36.6 percent (34 of 93), despite double-doubles from Chris Paul (22 points, 11 assists) and Blake Griffin (17 points, 11 rebounds). But their shooting was horrendous.
Paul was 6 for 16, Griffin 4 for 18, Jamal Crawford 3 for 13 and Caron Butler 3 for 9. The fact the Clippers were able to overcome their own offensive inefficiency was a testament to their late-game resolve.
"We didn't shoot the basketball very well," Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said. "We had to rely on our defense. Our rebounding did a good job. We missed a lot of easy shots we should be making."
Paul's return after a three-game absence to rest a bruised right kneecap came just in time. His jump shot over John Wall with 32.4 seconds left in the fourth quarter gave the Clippers a 91-86 lead, and his two free throws with 8.9 seconds remaining iced it.
"It was cool to be back," said Paul, who spent his team's 3-0 road trip on the bench. "I feel like it's been the longest week sitting out three games. It felt good getting back out on the court, but I still need to get my timing back and get it through my head that I can play."
Despite their 8-30 record and 2-17 road mark, the Wizards have played well since Wall returned to the lineup this month after missing 33 games because of a stress injury to his left patella. Washington won four of its previous five games and was clearly determined to make the Clippers work for this win.
It was, in every respect, a grind. The Wizards trailed by seven points at halftime but closed the gap to two points, 52-50, on a layup by Emeka Okafor. The Clippers led by 10 in the third quarter, 60-50, but saw that lead dwindle as well when the Wizards charged back.
"We've got to be able to get stops on the defensive end," forward Matt Barnes said. "We weren't shooting the ball well. John Wall was attacking us and getting to the line and being aggressive. But for the most part, we maintained everybody else, and that was important."
Wall had 24 points and six assists. Clippers guard Eric Bledsoe, who was Wall's teammate at Kentucky, had 11 points in his return to a backup role.
The Clippers hit the halfway point with a franchise-record 32-9 record and a seven-game lead in the Pacific Division. They won't remember Saturday's game fondly, but it didn't erase all the good things they've accomplished so far.
"I'm pretty happy with where we're at as far as wins and losses and all that," Griffin said. "We can still be better, especially in games like this. Everyone was definitely a little tired coming off of this road trip. We just need to get our legs back underneath us and have a good week."
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To continue with our Chris Paul theme this Saturday, the fine folks over at State Farm recently released this clip of Chris being interviewed by "his twin" Cliff Paul.In all honesty, I like these commercials but do you just need to throw on a fake moustache to have an alter-ego?(Courtesy of Total Pro Sports)
What would Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul look like wearing black spectacles and a thick mustache? He would look like his fake twin brother Cliff Paul.Seen here is the All-Star point man in an interview with himself and well, himself. Paul channels his inner-nerd to portray an insurance agent for State Farm.What is the topic of discussion being dished out? Assists, of course...
Chris Paul had missed the Los Angeles Clippers last three games after suffering a bruised knee against the Orlando Magic last Saturday. In his absence, the team still managed to go 3-0. Last night, Paul returned and helped the Clippers run their winning streak to four-straight. Paul played 35 minutes against the Washington Wizards, and the Clippers came away with a 94-87 victory...
In the NBA, sometimes player celebrations can cause defense lapses and during Golden State's game against the Los Angeles Clippers earlier today, LA guard Chris Paul took advantage of it.After Golden State's Stephen Curry had hit a three-point shot, the Warriors defense had a mental lapse and allowed an easy bucket for CP3:
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Chris Paul had 22 points and 11 assists, Blake Griffin added 17 points and 11 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Clippers hung on to beat the pesky Washington Wizards 94-87 on Saturday night.
Coming off a sweep of their three-game road trip through Memphis, Houston and Minnesota, the Clippers improved their home record to 19-4. The win was their fourth in a row since...
LOS ANGELES -- The "MVP! MVP!" chants cascading from the crowd at Staples Center toward Chris Paul sounded extra loud on Sunday night. Perhaps because Paul returned from a three-game absence, and Los Angeles Clippers fans just missed their star point guard. Perhaps because Paul played like one, yet again. The Clippers survived a poor shooting night to defeat the visiting...
Chris Paul has been dealing with a bruised knee cap.
MINNEAPOLIS When TNT announced the starters Thursday for the NBA All-Star game, it didn't come as a surprise the Clippers had Chris Paul and Blake Griffin named to the Western Conference team.
Paul, who missed his third straight game Thursday night at Minnesota because of a bruised right kneecap, was picked to start in the backcourt alongside Lakers guard Kobe Bryant.
Chris Paul had 22 points and 11 assists, Blake Griffin added 17 points and 11 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Clippers hung on to beat the pesky Washington Wizards 94-87 on Saturday night.
Coming off a sweep of their three-game road trip through Memphis, Houston and Minnesota, the Clippers improved their home record to 19-4. The win was their fourth in a row since the 104-101 loss...
Here's a look at the Jordan CP3.VI Black History Month PE that Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul wore during their game against the Golden State Warriors on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
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Over the years, the National Basketball Association have put together some pretty classic ad campaign and this one directed by director Spike Lee might be another one to add to the long list of great NBA commercials.Watch as Chris Paul shows off his disappearing act during a game against the Los Angeles Clippers and even grabs a quick snack with Steve Nash and Magic Johnson:
While they weren't completely satisfied with their latest performance, the Los Angeles Clippers managed to win again in spite of Chris Paul's absence.
The Clippers would love to have their All-Star point guard back for their brief return home, a matchup with the suddenly surging Washington Wizards on Saturday night.
Paul has missed the past three games with a bruised right...