Chris Paul had 18 points and 14 assists to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a 111-86 blowout win over the Charlotte Bobcats on Saturday night, their sixth road victory in their last seven contests. With the win, the Clippers (17-8) matched the 1974-1975 Buffalo Braves for the best start in franchise history.
Blake Griffin added 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Clippers, and DeAndre Jordan chipped in with 11 points, 12 boards, and two blocks for Los Angeles, who shot 52.6% from the field during the game. The Clippers led by 18 points and halftime and stretched that lead to 32 at the end of the third quarter.
Charlotte was just what the doctor ordered for the Clippers, who were playing on the second night of a back-to-back set. Griffin was the only starter to play 30 minutes, and he only spent 30:50 on the court, the third-fewest minutes he has played in a game this season.
Kemba Walker scored 19 points to lead the Bobcats (3-24), who lost their 14th consecutive game and suffered their 20th defeat in their last 21 games. The Bobcats shot just 35.1% from the field, and were outrebounded 48-32 by Los Angeles. The Clippers have beaten the Bobcats three straight times.
Kenyon Martin had seven points and three rebounds in 16 minutes of play in his third game as a Clipper.
The Clippers are 4-1 in the first five games of their six-game Grammy road trip, which concludes Monday night in Dallas against the defending champion Mavericks.
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