DeAndre Jordan was dunking on people’s heads Thursday night, and the LA Clippers got back on the winning track by holding off the visiting San Antonio Spurs 105-86.
Earlier in the day, the Clips shipped away Lance Stephenson to Memphis in exchange for Jeff Green.
Chris Paul led the way with 28 points and 12 assists.
Per the LA Times:
Paul carried the severely short-handed Clippers to a 105-86 victory over the Spurs on Thursday night at Staples Center while scoring 26 of his 28 points in the second half, 15 in the fourth quarter. […] “We’ve been talking about by any means necessary,” Paul said after an emotionally wrought day in which he had traveled to Oklahoma City to attend the funeral of Ingrid Williams, the wife of Thunder assistant coach Monty Williams, who died in a car accident Feb. 10.
Paul was cheered wildly after checking out with 2 minutes 7 seconds left, the Clippers having needed each of his 12 assists and five rebounds in 37 minutes. Paul played all but 3:54 of the second half. […] “This is too much,” Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said of Paul’s minutes. “I mean, we can’t keep doing this.”
(Blake) Griffin and assistant equipment manager Matias Testi were back with the team for the first time since Griffin punched Testi last month at a Toronto restaurant, leaving Testi with a swollen face and Griffin with a broken right hand. Griffin sat next to his teammates on the bench, with Testi seated behind him several seats over. […] The Clippers’ official Twitter feed sent out a picture of Griffin slapping hands with Testi in the first quarter with “#Family.”