Earlier in the season the Los Angeles Clippers reeled off big wins on a seemingly weekly basis. However, in the four weeks since Chris Paul was injured the team had a couple of big wins in the first two games without their team leader, but have not had one since. Not until today.
With Paul back for the second straight game, and playing like himself this time after a 1-5 showing in Miami, the Clippers handled the New York Knicks in Madison Square Garden, despite 42 points from Carmelo Anthony. And it wasn't just a big win -- it was the Clippers as they were back in December, the Clippers we haven't seen in a while.
With Paul back in the starting lineup and Eric Bledsoe back leading the second unit, the bench dominated this game the way they did through so much of the first couple of months of the season. Bledsoe and Jamal Crawford, back in their familiar roles as the second unit backcourt, spearheaded a 13-0 run from the end of the first quarter through the start of the second to open up what had been a close game. Then when Anthony led the Knicks back to the lead briefly after a huge third quarter against a lackluster Clippers starting unit, it was the bench once again that righted the ship with a 15-4 run early in the fourth quarter. That run gave the Clippers a nine point lead, and the Knicks would not get closer than six points the rest of the way.
The Clippers are back, beat Knicks 102-88
Clips Nation | Feb 10