LOS ANGELES — The LA Clippers ended a 2-game losing streak by defeating the New Orleans Pelicans 133-105 on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at STAPLES Center. LAC PG Chris Paul had 20 points, 20 assists, and 0 turnovers against his former team, becoming the first player ever with no turnovers in a 20 points/20 assists game.
Backup guard Jamal Crawford (game-high 22 points, 10/13 FGs), C DeAndre Jordan (19 points, 9 rebounds, 9/11 FGs), and backup big Marreese Speights (17 points, 12 rebounds, 7/12 FGs) all made better than 58% from the field with at least 10 FGAs. As a team, the Clippers shot a season-high 57.4% from the field to go along with a season-high points and 34 assists.
LA led New Orleans by only 6 points at halftime, 61-55, but the game was blown open in the 2nd half on the strength of five runs of at least 3 consecutive unanswered FGs by the Clippers. LA scored 72 2nd half points, and only had 10 turnovers for the game after averaging 14.9 turnovers per game in the previous 7 games (2-5 record in that span).
Pelicans are in town tonight, and they'll be trying to break a 7-game road losing streak to the Clippers. How does LA make it 8 straight?
— ClipperBlog (@clipperblog) December 10, 2016
New Orleans got the first 19 career points from rookie PF Cheick Diallo, who was drafted 33rd overall by LA before his draft rights were traded to New Orleans for the draft rights to David Michineau and Diamond Stone. PF Anthony Davis rested, while LA also rested PF Blake Griffin (knee), inserting Austin Rivers in the starting lineup at SF and bumping Luc Mbah a Moute to PF. Rivers had 18 points but left the game with a head injury, and in 15 minutes, the new starting lineup compiled a net rating of 38.0.
This game also marked the 3,000th regular season Clippers broadcast for play-by-play announcer Ralph Lawler.
— FOX Sports West (@FoxSportsWest) December 11, 2016