LA Clippers rout Nets for another blowout win

first_imgLOS ANGELES >> During the early part of the Clipper season, the group on the team with the most experience, the most unity and the most continuity couldn’t get anything right on the offensive end.They cut into one another, the ball lagged in Chris Paul or Blake Griffin’s hands, and points were uncharacteristically hard to come by.And, luckily for the Clippers, their second unit was there to bail them out.Monday, though, the starters didn’t need any help at all. It was clear in the first 10 minutes, The Clipper starters ended the game with the Brooklyn Nets early, badly out-classing the visiting team in an easy 127-95 win.“It was great, man,” DeAndre Jordan said.The Nets, playing without center Brook Lopez, who was resting, scored the first two points of the game — their only lead. After that, they scored only five more against the Clipper starters during a span that lasted for the bulk of the first quarter.And, no one got it worse than Brooklyn rookie Ronda Hollis-Jefferson.He played 9 minutes and 41 seconds during the first quarter — the exact same as J.J. Redick, Paul and Griffin. And, when the four players exited, the Clippers led 35-7. “It was a good stretch,” Griffin said, noting that there were some defensive lapses.After he was reminded that Brooklyn only scored seven points during that stretch, Griffin had the only possible response — “Well, how did they score those seven points?”During the stretch, the Clipper offense operated at peak efficiency, looking more like the Harlem Globetrotters than the NBA’s eighth-best offense. And, the defense, it was as stifling as ever.“The defense is so good right now that our offense is allowed easy baskets,” Doc Rivers said. “… They’re angry when the other team scores. If you want something to bring a team together, it’s defense.”While the Clipper bench failed to extend the lead in the second quarter, the starters opened the game up even wider in the third, with posterizing dunks and red-hot shooting helping push the lead all the way to 40 points.“It’s our focus and our determination,” Paul said.And, poor Hollis-Jefferson was on the court for most of it, with the Clippers out-scoring Brooklyn by 39 with him on the court.Paul continued to lead the way, hitting 8 of 11 from the field for 21 points to go with nine assists, four rebounds and five steals. In the Clippers’ last five games, Paul is shooting 57.1 percent from the field and 63 percent from 3-point range.“He’s worked himself into shooting the ball well again,” Rivers said.Griffin’s all-around excellence was on display with 20 points, six rebounds and six assists, Redick scored 18 and defensive ace Luc Mbah a Moute had 11 on perfect 5-of-5 shooting.Even rookie Diamond Stone got in the act, scoring his first NBA points in the fourth quarter while his teammates jumped to their feet.“We’re all happy when he gets in the game and gets that first bucket,” Griffin said. “I think we all remember that.”It’s the Clippers’ seventh win in a row, with Memphis coming to town Wednesday.“10-1 is all good and well,” Paul said. “You guys know if you’ve been around the league, it’s not about right now. … For us, it’s all about the process.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img