THE Los Angeles Clippers shredded the Detroit Pistons defense, knocking down a season-high 13 three pointers, en route to a 32-point drubbing, 114-82, at the Staples Center on Monday (Tuesday, Manila time).
Chris Paul and JJ Redick nailed eight of those 13 trifectas for the Clippers, but it was Blake Griffin who had 10 points and three assists in 24-2 run early in the first quarter to kick off the romp. Then Paul led a 10-0 rally to close the first half with a 30-point lead, 62-32.
The Clippers never let up after the break, with Redick knocking down a four-point play and another three-pointer to spark a 12-7 run to open the third quarter. Then the bench trio of Austin Rivers, Raymond Felton and Mo Speights pounded the Pistons to build the team’s biggest lead to 43, 106-63, midway through the fourth period. Detroit’s reserves closed the last four minutes on a 12-4 run to end up with the final score.
LA was on target from the field with a 55.7 percent clip and waxed hot from deep, knocking down 13 triples on 56.5 percent shooting, while Detroit missed 52 of their 82 attempts on the floor.
Paul hit 8-of-10 shots, including all five triples, and missed just one of four free throws to finish with 24 points. Redick added 20, knocking down three treys. Griffin was one assist shy of notching a triple-double with 13 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists as the Clippers won their third straight game and moved to 6-1, sharing the top of the West standings with OKC Thunder.
Andre Drummond led the Pistons with 15 points and 12 rebounds, while Tobias Harris had 12. Jon Leuer and Stanley Johnson added 14 and 11 markers, respectively, off the bench for Detroit, who now stand at 4-3.