Clippers 107, 76ers 90

The Sports Xchange
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PHILADELPHIA -- Chris Paul had 21 points, 11 assists and five steals Monday night, and the Los Angeles Clippers closed out an eight-game road trip with a 107-90 rout of the Philadelphia 76ers.
Blake Griffin and Jamal Crawford added 20 points apiece for the Pacific Division-leading Clippers (37-17). Los Angeles won its second straight to close out the long trip -- made necessary by the presentation of the Grammy Awards at the Staples Center -- with a 4-4 mark.
Griffin also collected nine rebounds and five assists.
Ex-Clipper Nick Young finished with 29 points to pace the Sixers (22-28), who lost for the second time in three games.
Paul, playing his third game after missing 12 with a bruised right kneecap, notched 10 of his points in the game's first 8:33, helping Los Angeles breeze to a 26-12 lead. After the Sixers crept within 41-29 early in the second quarter, the Clippers scored 15 of the half's last 19 points to go up 56-33 at the break.
In all, Los Angeles outscored the Sixers 26-11 in the quarter.
Paul had 12 points, seven assists and three steals in the half, and the Clippers shot a robust 62.9 percent from the floor. Crawford scored 11 in the half.
Los Angeles pushed its lead to 88-59 after three quarters. Griffin scored 12 points in the period, two on a thunderous left-handed dunk off Paul's pick-and-roll feed, on which he was fouled by Spencer Hawes. Griffin then missed the free throw, but DeAndre Jordan slammed the ball home.
Neither Paul nor Griffin played in the final quarter, when the Clippers pushed their lead to 32.
Matt Barnes had 11 points and Eric Bledsoe 10 for Los Angeles, which shot 58.7 percent overall.
Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner scored 10 points each for the Sixers, though each of them shot 4-for-14 from the floor. Jeremy Pargo also scored 10 for Philadelphia, shooting 4-for-12.
NOTES: Sixers center Andrew Bynum, who has yet to play this season because of bone bruises to both knees, said before the game he experienced a lot of pain in the left knee after working out two consecutive days on the court. While he stopped short of calling that a setback, he did say he is uncertain as to when he will be able to return, after saying last week that he hoped to be back by the end of the month. ... The Clippers' Chauncey Billups and Caron Butler did not play because of sore backs. ... Sixers coach Doug Collins, on his team's struggles: "I thought we were going to be a better shooting team, and we just don't get to the free-throw line." The Sixers began the night with just 801 attempts at the line, fewest in the league.

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