The LA Clippers took care of the reeling Milwaukee Bucks 103-90 Wednesday night at the Staples Center, and Blake Griffin punched home a big-time jam over Giannis Antetokounmpo (who wisely retreated at the very last moment.)
Paul Pierce joined the 26K-point club in the win.
— NBA (@NBA) December 17, 2015
Chris Paul led the way for the Clips with 21 points and eight assists.
Per the OC Register:
The Clippers should have been worn out, weary and exhausted after a five-game, seven-day trip through the Midwest. They should at least have been low on energy and just plain tired. […] “I was expecting a couple of guys to have flat nights,” Coach Doc Rivers said. “Chris (Paul) for some reason had great legs tonight so there’s no rhyme or reason to it. We have not practiced at all in a week really, no shoot arounds either since (a game in) Milwaukee. There’s no where to get any rest.”
Paul couldn’t explain his high energy level that resulted a game-high 21 points on 7-of-12 shooting, six rebounds and eight assists, except that he got a good night’s sleep. […] “I felt pretty good, (it was) good to be home and sleep in your own bed,” Paul said. “…Doc does a good job in getting us our rest, so yeah, I felt pretty good tonight.
What could have been a devastating blow in the third quarter didn’t hurt the Clippers in the end. Upset by a non-call, DeAndre Jordan barked at referee Marc Davis and was called for a technical foul. He didn’t stop there. He continued to voice his displeasure over a non-call and was hit with a second technical foul and ejected. While the Bucks were able to drive to the basket easier without the Clippers’ 6-foot-11 center standing in their way, cutting the lead to six, they couldn’t stop the Clippers from shooting from outside.