THE Los Angeles Clippers vented its ire on a lethargic Cleveland Cavaliers squad, 113-94, to break out of a three-game slump on Thursday (Friday, Manila time) at the Quicken Loans Arena.
JJ Redick started the beatdown in the first half as he scored 21 points before the break, leading the Clippers to a 58-50 lead. Chris Paul came alive in the third, after just scoring five in the first two periods, with 11 points in the quarter to lead the Clippers in outscoring the Cavs, 27-15, to bring the lead up t0 20 entering the final frame.
The Cavs stared at their largest deficit all season as the Clippers built a 27 point lead midway in the fourth quarter, as Cleveland stars at that point. Blake Griffin almost had more assists (11) than the entire Cleveland team (12) and the misfiring Cavs added 17 turnovers.
Redick led the Clippers, who improved to 15-5, with 23 points. Paul had 16 markers and nine assists, while Griffin added 13 points and 11 dimes.
Kyrie Irving had 28 to lead all scorers, while LeBron James and Kevin Love each had 16 while going scoreless in the fourth quarter. Cleveland lost its second straight game and fell to 13-4.