The Clippers offense fired on all cylinders on Monday night in the 114-105 victory at Staples Center. After only trailing by six points at the end of the first quarter and 10 at the half, the Knicks were outscored 34-19 in the third frame. Los Angeles seized control of the contest in that third period as the lead ballooned to 25 points. Blake Griffin scored 10 of his game-high 30 in the third quarter while the Clippers shot 53.8 percent from the floor and hit 6-of-11 shots from the arc. Chris Paul dished out 13 assists and DeAndre Jordan recorded 10 boards to push Los Angeles’ record to 42-29 on the season.
Knick of the Night:
Derrick Rose posted 18 points, five assists, and four rebounds in 28 minutes of court time.
Carmelo Anthony dropped 16 points, Justin Holiday registered 11 points, and Ron Baker added eight off the pine.
News and Notes:
Kristaps Porzingis returned to the floor after missing the game against the Nets last Thursday. The big man suffered from a contused left thigh that caused the one game absence. Porzingis finished with 18 points, 11 boards, and two steals in his first game back on the floor.
The Clippers outscored New York 23-13 in fastbreak points.
The Knicks west coast trek continues as the team heads out to Utah. On Tuesday, the squad will practice before a Wednesday night contest against the Jazz.
by Jonah Ballow