The Los Angeles Clippers celebrated the return of star point guard Chris Paul in style. The Clippers built a 31-point lead after just one quarter and led the Philadelphia 76ers by as many as 56 points before the game mercifully came to an end and the Clippers came away with a 123-78 victory at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California Sunday night.
The game was over in the first three minutes – the Clippers had 13 points before the 76ers even got on the board.
Paul, who missed the last 18 games with a shoulder injury, played just 23 minutes in his return because of the blowout. He scored eight points on three-of-six shooting, dished out eight assists, recorded four steals, grabbed two rebounds and was a game-high +42.
Blake Griffin led the Clippers with 26 points on 11-of-14 shooting, 11 rebounds and six assists in just 25 minutes. DeAndre Jordan, who like Paul was a +42, had 10 points, four blocks and continued to rebound like a mad man, pulling down 20 boards. Jamal Crawford added 21 minutes in 26 minutes.
Tony Wroten was the only 76ers’ player to shoot over 50.0%. He had a team-high 21 points on seven-of-11 shooting off of the bench.
The 76ers’ starters shot a combined 14-of-57 from the floor. Rookie Michael Carter-Williams, who had 14 points on just five-of-18 shooting, had eight of the 76ers’ 18 turnovers.
As a team, the 76ers shot 27.0%. They actually attempted 100 shots to the Clippers’ 89, but connected on 23 less.
The win improves the Clippers to 36-18 while the 76ers fall to 15-37.