Power forward Blake Griffin poured in 26 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in leading the Los Angeles Clippers to a 123-78 win over the Philadelphia 76ers in a game that marked Chris Paul's return to action.
"It was one of those nights," Griffin said. "They missed a lot of open shots and we seemed to hit everything. We were playing well defensively, but I think a little bit of it is that we were extremely hot and I think they were a little cold."
The 45-point margin of victory was the biggest in the Clippers' history.
The franchise's previous biggest win margin came on Dec. 5, 1975, when the Clippers, then known as the Buffalo Braves, beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 125-88.
Paul, who missed 18 games with a separated right shoulder, scored seven points, eight assists and four steals.
"It just felt good to get out there and compete," Paul said. "There are so many different things going through your mind, especially when you come back. You want to make sure you're not too tired, make sure you're not trying too hard. At the same time, we've been playing extremely well and I didn't want to break that rhythm also."
Griffin, for his part, said before the game that he had no interest in participating in any of the events at the 63rd All-Star Game if he was not on the Western Conference squad. EFE