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Jamal Crawford, Blake Griffin spark Clippers by Pelicans

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Chris Paul registered his 30th double-double this season, scoring 19 points and registering 13 assists, to help the Los Angeles Clippers beat the New Orleans Pelicans, 123-110. The Clippers had a strong shooting performance, finishing 43-83 (51.8%) from the field, including 16-28 (57.1%) from beyond the arc. This is the second win in as many games for Los Angeles (39-20) after beating Oklahoma City on Sunday.

Paul went 6-10 and went 7-7 from the free throw line, in a good performance. Other key performers for Los Angeles were Jamal Crawford with 24 points and 5 assists, and DeAndre Jordan with 14 points and 16 rebounds. Anthony Davis had another quality performance for New Orleans in the loss, scoring 26 points on 7-16 shooting from the field and 12-13 from the free throw line. He also added 11 rebounds. Alexis Ajinca added 19 points and 12 rebounds.

In a battle of strength versus strength, the high-powered offense of Los Angeles (ranked third in the NBA in offensive efficiency) emerged victorious over the defense of New Orleans (ranked fifth in defensive efficiency), scoring 1.32 points per possession. Along with their eFG% of 61.4%, the Clippers connected at a rate of 57.1% from 3-point range. On the season, they are undefeated (13-0) when they record marks above 55% and 40% in those respective categories. Conversely, the Pelicans are winless (0-8) when allowing their opponents to reach those percentages.

New Orleans (23-33) has now lost four in a row.

Coming up, the Clippers battle the Houston Rockets, who are 38-18 on the season. The Pelicans meet the Dallas Mavericks, currently sitting at 35-23 this year. The Clippers emerged victorious each of the last two times against Houston. The Pelicans have lost their last three meetings with Dallas.


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