It seems like a lifetime ago that the Los Angeles Clippers were the laughing stock of the NBA. After Monday night’s 114-82 wallop of the Detroit Pistons, the Clippers have done more than put their rocky past behind them.
Chris Paul scored 24 points while adding 6 rebounds and 8 assists in the Clippers third straight win.
The game was never in any question, as Detroit failed to match the dominance of Los Angeles, who jumped out to a 33-15 lead after just the first quarter.
The Clippers made a season high 13 three-pointers on the night, with five of them coming from Paul.
Blake Griffin narrowly missed a triple-double with a successful outing of 13 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists, while Deandre Jordan added 8 points and 10 rebounds.
Paul was satisfied with his team’s big win, and expressed confidence in the Clipper’s continued dominance.
“We keep talking about not getting complacent. One of the biggest things we keep talking about is finishing,” Paul said afterwards at a postgame press conference . “We get excited about stopping teams and trying to keep them under certain numbers. That could be contagious all season.”
It was more than an ugly night for Detroit, as they trailed 62-32 at halftime. Andre Drummond led the Pistons offensively, scoring 15 points while adding 12 rebound on an efficient 6 of 10 shooting. Detroit is now fifth place in the Eastern Conference at 4-3.
After losing in blowout fashion, Piston’s head coach and president of basketball operations, Stan Van Gundy was more than negative.
“Nothing positive came out of this game. It’s like starting at ground zero again,” Van Gundy said when speaking to the media. “They dismantled us.”
Piston’s point guard Ish Smith missed eight of his nine shots and was critical of his team’s performance in the blowout as well.
“I can’t say what I want to say about how we played. But they shot the ball well and we missed lots of shots,” said Smith. “They punched us in the mouth and they made it tough on us. We tried to keep it within striking distance but it got out of hand.”
J.J. Redick scored 20 points for the Clippers, who shot an efficient 54 percent from the field.
Los Angeles now sits atop the Western Conference with a franchise best start of 6-1.