Clippers keep cruising without Griffin

Thu Jan 7, 2016 2:04am EST
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(The Sports Xchange) - Blake Griffin is coming back sometime soon from his quad injury, but until he does, his team mates are making out just fine.

Chris Paul scored 21 points and dished out a season-high 19 assists on Wednesday to guide the Los Angeles Clippers to a 109-98 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers at the Moda Center.

J.J. Redick scored 20 points, Paul Pierce added 17, and DeAndre Jordan contributed 14 points and 14 rebounds for the Clippers, who won their seventh consecutive game, the NBA's longest active streak.

Damian Lillard collected 20 points, seven rebounds and nine assists while Mason Plumlee had 19 points and nine boards for the Trail Blazers (15-23).

Portland was unable to play guard CJ McCollum because of a pregame clerical error in submitting players to be active and inactive. McCollum, who carries a 21-point scoring average, was listed as inactive, leaving him ineligible to play.

The Clippers (23-13) are 6-0 since Griffin left their lineup with the injury. Coach Doc Rivers said he has no timetable for the return of his All-Star power forward, but he likes how the rest of his players have responded.

"We don't make a big deal about it," Rivers said. "With 82 games, you're going to have injuries. No one is going to take over what Blake does, but as a group, we've really come together."

The Clippers built a 23-point halftime lead, then saw the Blazers cut the margin to six points twice late in the game.

"Give them credit," Rivers said. "They kept playing. They kept fighting and got back in the game."   Continued...

Dec 19, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) is defended by Houston Rockets forward Donatas Motiejunas (20) in the second half at Toyota Center. Rockets won 107 to 97.  Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports