In the midst of the Clippers' 129-97 runaway victory over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday came the news that Caron Butler suffered a bruised left elbow.

It was all going so well for the Clippers too, because they had seven players score in double figures, including all five starters.

Even Butler had 15 points, five rebounds and three assists before he grabbed his elbow in pain at Staples Center. Butler went to the locker room with 3 minutes 58 seconds left in the third quarter and didn't return.

Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro said Butler received an X-ray during the game that revealed the bruise. Del Negro said Butler will get an MRI exam Monday.

"He's in some pain right now, so hopefully we get some good news tomorrow," Del Negro said. "He's not feeling very good right now with his elbow, so we'll have to see where it's at tomorrow."

The Clippers already were playing without backup guards Jamal Crawford (sore left ankle) and Eric Bledsoe (injured left calf).

But on a night when every Clipper who played scored and the team had a season high in points and shooting percentage (62.5%), it didn't seem to matter who was missing against the Pistons.

It didn't matter on a night when the 70 points the Clippers scored in the first half were a season high and the 64.3% shooting was a season high for a half.