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Without Melo, Chandler, Knicks fall to high-powered Clippers
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After competing for one half, the high-flying Clippers of Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan pulled away from the ancient and depleted Knicks, 93-80, before a sell-out crowd of 19,412 at Staples Center and a national TV audience. Undermanned without their “Trio Grande’’ frontcourt, the Knicks battled with heart for the first half and even came on in the fourth quarter. But they didn’t have the firepower to keep it up as the athletic Clippers opened a 19-point lead in the third and held on.

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