Clippers Vs. Wizards: Grammy Road Trip Opens With Washington D.C. Blowout

The Clippers have beaten the Wizards six straight times, including their last three trips to Washington.

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NBA Standings 2012: Los Angeles Clippers Strengthen Pacific Division Lead

The Los Angeles Clippers got two gigantic road monkeys off their back in the last week, and won four of five games to maintain supremacy in the Pacific Division. The Clippers snapped a nine-game losing streak in Denver and ended a 16-game skid in Utah, and in between beat the Oklahoma City Thunder, the team with the best record in the NBA.

The Clippers hold a game and a half lead over the Los Angeles Lakers, as the two teams have established themselves as the only two teams in the division with any playoff aspirations.

NBA Pacific Division Standings
Team Record Pct GB Next Week
LA Clippers
14-7 .667 --- at Orl, at Cle, at Phi, at Cha
LA Lakers 14-10 .583 at Phi, at Bos, at NY, at Tor
Phoenix 9-14 .391 6 at Atl, at Mil, Hou, at Sac
Golden State 8-13 .381 6 OKC, at Den, Hou
Sacramento 8-15 .348 7 at NO, at Min, OKC, Phx
Through games of February 4

The Clippers continue their road trip Monday night in Orlando. There are 18 games involving Pacific Division teams next week, and only one intradivision game: the Phoenix Suns travel to battle the Sacramento Kings on Saturday, February 11. A whopping 13 of the 17 other games next week involving Pacific Division teams are road affairs.

For more news and information on Clippers basketball, be sure to read Clips Nation.


NBA Scores And More: Tony Parker Lifts San Antonio Spurs Over Oklahoma City Thunder

Tony Parker went off on Saturday night, scoring a season-high 42 points and dishing out nine assists, leading the San Antonio Spurs to a 107-96 home win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. The win was the fourth straight victory for the Spurs, who improved to 13-1 at home on the season.

The loss was the second road loss in a week for the Thunder, who lost games to their two closest competitors in San Antonio and the Los Angeles Clippers. Oklahoma City fell in Los Angeles on Monday 112-100. Kevin Durant had 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Thunder, who still own a three-game advantage over both the Spurs and Clippers. The path is still clear for Oklahoma City for the top seed in the Western Conference.

In other Western Conference games on Saturday night...

Portland Trail Blazers 117, Denver Nuggets 97: Marcus Camby grabbed 20 rebounds and LaMarcus Aldridge put up 29 points and nine rebounds as Portland picked up a home win over a Denver team playing its third game in as many nights.

Minnesota Timberwolves 100, Houston Rockets 91: Kevin Love had 25 points and 18 rebounds as the T-Wolves reached .500 for the first time all season.

Cleveland Cavaliers 91, Dallas Mavericks 88: Dirk Nowtizki scored 24 points and nabbed eight rebounds but the Mavericks dropped their third straight contest. The defending NBA champs are 14-11.


Clippers Vs. Wizards Final Score: Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan Dominate Middle In 107-81 Win

The Los Angeles Clippers opened their six-game Grammy road trip with one of the largest margins of victory in franchise history. The Clippers dominated the Washington Wizards on Saturday night at the Verizon Center, beating them 107-81. Blake Griffin scored 21 points on 10-of-14 shooting, grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out eight assists.

In three career games against the Wizards, Griffin has averaged 26.7 points, 11 rebounds, and 6.7 assists.

As noted by Clippers broadcaster Isaac Lowenkron, the largest margin of victory in Clippers history was 34 points, set three times. The Clippers led by as many as 38 points, more than doubling the Wizards at 74-36 during the third quarter.

DeAndre Jordan scored 18 points, grabbed 11 boards, and blocked three shots on Saturday night, and made nine of 11 field goals. Jordan and Griffin combined to make 19 of 25 shots from the field (76.0%). Jordan and Griffin helped the Clippers dominate the middle, as Los Angeles outrebounded Washington 53-32.

The Clippers shot 54.2% on the night, including 47.8% (11 for 23) from three-point range. The Clippers led by 11 points after the first quarter, led by 24 points at halftime, and held a 36-point advantage after three quarters. Mo Williams added 17 points and eight assists in 24 minutes off the bench for the Clippers.

John Wall and Nick Young each scored 14 points to lead Washington in the loss. The Wizards shot 36.7% from the field on the night.

The Clippers travel to Orlando next to battle the Magic on Monday. Newest Clipper Kenyon Martin is expected to join the team Sunday, but it is unknown when he will first suit up for the Clippers.

For more news and analysis of Clippers basketball, be sure to read Clips Nation.


Clippers Vs. Wizards Game Score: Blake Griffin Helps L.A. To 58-34 Halftime Lead

Blake Griffin scored 14 points, nabbed nine rebounds, and had six assists in the first half, leading the Los Angeles Clippers to a commanding 58-34 lead over the Washington Wizards at halftime at the Verizon Center on Saturday night. The Clippers have beaten Washington (4-19) five straight times.

The Clippers (13-7) used a 9-0 run in the first quarter to take a 28-17 lead after one. Griffin scored 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting in the opening quarter. Los Angeles, which shot 56.5% (26 for 46) in the first half, ended the second quarter on a 9-0 run for its biggest lead of the game.

DeAndre Jordan had 10 points, seven rebounds, and two blocks for the Clippers in the first half, and Chauncey Billups scored nine points, hitting all three of his attempts from beyond the arc.

John Wall had 10 points, four rebounds, and four assists for Washington. Former USC Trojan Nick Young also scored 10 points for the Wizards in the first half. Washington, last in the NBA in field goal percentage this season, made just 14 of 39 shots in the first half (35.9%).

For more news and analysis of Clippers basketball, be sure to read Clips Nation.


Clippers Vs. Wizards: Game Time, TV Info And More

The Los Angeles Clippers open their six-game road trip facing the Washington Wizards on Saturday night. The Clippers have beaten Washington five consecutive times. Here are the relevant details of Saturday's contest:

Records: Clippers (13-7); Wizards (4-19)

Location: Verizon Center in Washington D.C.

Time: 4 p.m. PST

TV: Prime Ticket, with Ralph Lawler and Michael Smith on the call

Offensive Efficiency: Clippers, 107.5 (fourth in the NBA); Wizards, 95.6 (29th)

Defensive Efficiency: Wizards, 105.9 (24th); Clippers, 106.5 (25th)

Home vs. Road: The Clippers are 3-4 on the road but have won their last two games away from home, snapping two long losing streaks (nine games in Denver, 16 games in Utah); Washington is 3-9 at home this season.

Block City: Both centers in tonight's game, DeAndre Jordan of the Clippers and JaVale McGee of the Wizards, are tied for the league lead with 3.0 blocks per game this season, and each are tied for the lead with five game of five blocks or more. They are also two of just four players to average at least 8.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 3.0 blocks per game since the 2005-2006 campaign, along with Marcus Camby (three times) and Andrei Kirilenko.

Feasting Down Low: Blake Griffin in two wins over Washington last season averaged 29.5 points, 11.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists per contest, including his first career triple-double with 33 points, 17 rebounds, and 10 assists in a double-overtime win on March 23, 2011.

Dunk City: Saturday's game will feature three of the top four dunkers in the NBA, by volume. Griffin has 56 slam dunks on the season, tops in the league, while McGee is third with 50 and Jordan is fourth with 46.

High-Rent District: From Steve Perrin at Clips Nation, on Rashard Lewis, who is averaging 8.8 points and 4.1 rebounds this season:

Quick, who is the second highest paid player in the NBA? First is Kobe Bryant, third is Tim Duncan, fourth is Kevin Garnett. Those all make sense. Second on the list, at over $22M this season, is Rashard Lewis. The Wizards didn't bother to amnesty the guy, I guess because they didn't have anyone to use that money on. Oh, and just so you know, Arenas is fifth on the list, but he did get amnestied.

For more news and analysis of Clippers basketball, be sure to read Clips Nation.


Clippers Vs. Wizards: L.A. Has Beaten Washington Five Straight Times

The Clippers have beaten the Wizards five straight times, including their last two trips to Washington.

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