In a complete effort, Blake Griffin finished with 21 points and notched 11 rebounds and 8 assists to help the Los Angeles Clippers easily get past the Cleveland Cavaliers, 102-80. The Clippers picked up the victory due in large part to their efficiency handling the basketball, accumulating 32 assists and turning it over only five times. Los Angeles (48-20) has now won 11 consecutive games, dating back to a 125-117 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on February 23rd.
Griffin shot 9-18 from the field. Los Angeles also got solid performances from Chris Paul with 16 points and 15 assists, and DeAndre Jordan with 15 points and 11 rebounds. On 8-16 shooting, including 3-7 from behind the arc, Luol Deng put up 23 points for Cleveland in the loss.
As expected, the Cavaliers offense did not have its best game, struggling to make shots against a Clippers defense that ranks fifth-best in the league at forcing misses (48.4% opponents' eFG%). After finishing with an eFG% of 39.8% in this game, they rank 28th in the NBA in that metric at 46.9% this season. After putting up a sparkling assist-to-turnover ratio of 6.40, the Clippers are 12-3 on the season when eclipsing 2.50 in this category. However, the Cavaliers are 3-10 when allowing their opponents to achieve such a lofty ratio.
This drops Cleveland (26-41) to 1-1 against Los Angeles on the year.
Coming up next, the Clippers square off against the Denver Nuggets, who are 29-37 on the year. The Cavaliers go up against the Miami Heat, currently 45-19 this season. The Clippers are 1-1 versus Denver this season. The Cavaliers have lost their last two meetings with Miami.