Blake Griffin scored 17 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a 92-87 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats. It was the third straight win for the Clippers, who picked up just their sixth road triumph this season. Guard Eric Gordon did not accompany the team on the road trip, and is expected to miss at least the next 7-10 days.
While the Clippers began their five-game road journey tonight, Gordon, the club's leading scorer, was back in Los Angeles getting his right wrist examined by team doctors. The Clippers have 18 games remaining, and Gordon will miss at least four more, the remainder of the road trip, per Lisa Dillman of the Los Angeles Times:
Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro said before the team's game Monday in Charlotte that no new damage was discovered in the rounds of examinations and that Gordon would be re-evaluated in seven to 10 days.
On the court, the double-double for Griffin was his 54th of the season, second only in the league to Kevin Love's 60. Chris Kaman chipped in with a double-double of his own, with 16 points and 10 boards in 31 minutes off the bench. It was Kaman's second double-double of the season, and his first since the third game of the season. Mo Williams added 17 points and seven assists for Los Angeles.
Gerald Henderson scored 20 points to lead the Bobcats, who have lost five games in a row. Boris Diaw scored 19 points and had eight rebounds for Charlotte. The Clippers swept a season series from the Bobcats for the first time since the 2006-2007 season. The Clippers next stop on their road trip is in Boston, where they will battle the Celtics on Wednesday.
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