Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E Sports) – Blake Griffin scored 18 points and Jamal Crawford added 17 as the Clippers tied the franchise mark set by the 1974-75 Buffalo Braves with a 93-77 win over the New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday.
The team’s 19-6 record is tied with New York for second-best in the NBA.
Chris Paul had 10 points and 12 assists, giving him 5,003 dishes in his career. He fed Griffin for a layup late in the second quarter to notch his 5,000th assist, triggering a standing ovation. DeAndre Jordan added 12 points.
Four of the Clippers’ five starters took the fourth quarter off, with only Willie Green coming back in after having helped build a 19-point lead to start the final period.
Robin Lopez scored 14 of his 22 points in the first quarter and rookie Anthony Davis added 16 for the Hornets.
They lost their ninth in a row and 11th in 12 games while falling to 2-10 on the road.
“They really feed off their fast break,” said Hornets forward Ryan Anderson. “They’re a team that runs, and when they get turnovers they break out and find open guys at the other end.”
Before the Hornets game, the Clippers had three players scoring in double figures — Griffin (18.0), Crawford (16.5) and Paul (16.0) — plus four other players averaging at least nine points: reserve Matt Barnes (9.9), starter Caron Butler (9.7), reserve Eric Bledsoe (9.7) and Jordan (9.6).
On offense, the Clippers average 101.63 points per game, eighth-best in the NBA.
They share the basketball too, averaging 22.96 assists per game, third-best in the league. Paul directs that offense, and he’s second in the league with 9.2 assists a game.
On defense, the Clippers have given up a stingy 93.08 points per game, fourth-best in the NBA. They also average 10.67 steals per game, which leads the NBA, and 6.21 blocks per game, seventh-best in the league.