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Los Angeles Clippers play-by-play man Ralph Lawler lives by a few simple principles, one of which is that the first team to reach the 100-point threshold is going to win the game. "It's the law," says Lawler.
Well, with a 100-51 lead (you read that correctly, by the way) over the Philadelphia 76ers at the end of the third quarter, the Clips were in good standing with the law. Shortly thereafter, the wave spread throughout the Staples Center—yet another official sign victory was assured for Doc Rivers' club.
In truth, this game should have been called off after L.A. finished the first quarter with a 46-15 lead. And if not then, as soon as Blake Griffin turned in a pair of windmill jams in the second period. It was a joke from start to finish.
Well, Ryan Hollins took it seriously, pointing to the rim for lobs and celebrating after uncontested dunks in the fourth quarter. In many ways, he was made for this game.
Buoyed by Chris Paul's first action in 18 games, the Clippers surged out of the gate and turned the contest into a glorified shootaround in short order. It was an incredible performance, and one that should put the rest of the league on notice that the Clips are capable of doing some pretty amazing things.
Yes, this was the Sixers. And no, nothing that happened after the first quarter should be viewed as legitimate; both teams were just exchanging transition plays for the final 36 minutes.
When the final buzzer sounded, DeAndre Jordan had 10 points and 20 boards, CP3 had seven points and eight assists in 23 minutes, and Blake Griffin piled up 26 points, 11 rebounds and six assists. The final score: 123-78.
I'm not sure what to think about this game. It was literally a 50-point game for most of the second half. So, we'll close with another Lawler catchphrase—one that neatly sums up what happened on Sunday: "Oh me, oh my."