A depleted New York Knicks squad (38-26) came into the Los Angeles Clippers’ (46-21) house and couldn’t hold serve in Lob City.
Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler were inactive for the contest, but Chris Paul and Co. didn’t mind, going ahead in the second half for good with an 11-1 run in the third quarter. Paul scored a game-high 20 points to go along with eight assists, while Blake Griffin had a double-double in Chandler’s absence.
The Knicks got off to a quick start but couldn’t keep up a hot shooting streak in the second half. Case in point: J.R. Smith finished as their leading scorer on 4-of-20 shooting. Safe to say it was a rough go for the Knickerbockers in Los Angeles.
With the win, the Clippers moved into sole possession of the West’s No. 3 seed and will face Sacramento on Tuesday. The Knicks finish up their West Coast road trip with a visit to Utah on Monday.