Chris Paul had 24 points and 12 assists, J.J. Redick added 17 points and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Philadelphia 76ers 127-91 Saturday night for their third consecutive victory.
Blake Griffin scored 15 points and DeAndre Jordan had 10 rebounds to help send the NBA-worst 76ers to their sixth straight loss against the Clippers. They ended 2014 with a 21-point win over the lowly Knicks and built an early 19-point lead against the even worse 76ers.
It didn’t entirely hold up, with the Sixers cutting their deficit to four in the third.
Tony Wroten scored 27 points, Robert Covington added 23 and former UCLA star Luc Mbah a Moute had 14 for the 76ers, who fell to 4-28 with their fifth straight loss overall and fifth in a row on the road. Nerlens Noel had 12 rebounds.
The Sixers twice got within four early in the third on 3-pointers by Covington and Wroten. The Clippers answered with a 10-0 run, including four by Paul and a 3-pointer from Matt Barnes, to extend their lead to 77-63.
Griffin dunked and Jamal Crawford made three straight free throws in a 7-0 spurt that sent the Clippers to the fourth with an 88-74 lead. Crawford finished with 12 points and Jordan Farmar had each of his 13 in the fourth.
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The Clippers pulled away when Farmar scored their first seven points in the final period for a 95-74 lead. The starters got valuable rest, with the second unit easily preserving the lead.
The reserves showed off their long-range shooting, with Farmar, Reggie Bullock and Spencer Hawes all hitting 3s.
76ers: G Michael Carter-Williams, the only NBA player averaging at least 15 points, seven assists and six rebounds, sat out with a shoulder injury. Wroten started in his place. … All four of their wins have come on the road. … They scored above 90 points for the first time in six games against the Clippers.
Clippers: They had two days off between games for the first time since Dec. 6. … Hawes had seven points, six rebounds and three assists against his former team. … Their winning streak against Philly dates to Feb. 10, 2012.