The Clippers won their eighth straight game at home behind balanced scoring. Los Angeles was up by 23 at one point and won the game 103-88. Vinny Del Negro rested key players late, but put Blake Griffin back in the game after the bench gave up seven straight points to start the fourth quarter.
The real highlight of the night was in the first quarter, when Griffin had an amazing 360-spin reverse layup. He had 15 points in the opening quarter.
With 10:16 to go in the second and the Clippers leading by three, Randy Foye threw a 50-foot alley-oop pass to Griffin on the fast break. Griffin, an All-Star candidate, threw it down with emphasis.
This was not the only hookup between the two, as they connected for another alley-oop in the win. Griffin had 24 points and 10 rebounds. He is second in the league in double-doubles with 38, leading Dwight Howard by three and trailing only Kevin Love (42). He is also second in the league in dunks (104) behind Dwight Howard (108). Baron Davis added 12 points and 11 assists on the night.
For the Bobcats, Stephen Jackson and Gerald Henderson both had 14 points, and D.J. Augustin added 13.
The Clippers shot 43 percent from the field and had seven turnovers to the Bobcats' 17, the Clippers' lowest total of the season.
The team has now won eight straight home games and six of their last 10 overall. They are six and a half games out of the playoffs, and people are starting to consider the other team in Los Angeles to be serious playoff contenders.
The team went 8-5 in January and 7-7 in December. Compare that to their 0-3 mark in October, plus their 3-12 mark in November, and it looks like the Clippers are definitely on the upswing. Could the curse of the Clippers finally be over?
After playing Milwaukee at home on Monday, the team will play the Bulls, Hawks, Heat, Magic and Knicks all in a row. This will be a true test and might let us know if Los Angeles really has what it takes to be a contender for the West's eighth seed.
With the loss, the Bobcats fell to 20-26. They are still a half-game clear of Milwaukee for the East's eighth seed. Charlotte is 5-5 in their last 10 games.