Chris Paul credits teammates for his 19 assists at Portland

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) shoots the ball over Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul (3) during the ...

Chris Paul doled out 19 assists in Wednesday’s victory at Portland. Here, he is playing defense against Portland’s Damian Lillard/AP photo by Steve Dykes


Chris Paul had a big night at Portland on Wednesday. Not only did he score 21 points in the Clippers’ seventh consecutive victory – 109-98 over the Trail Blazers – he doled out 19 assists. His career-high is 21 in a Nov. 6, 2007 game against the Lakers when he was with New Orleans/Oklahoma City.

Afterward, Paul gave most of the credit to the guys who actually sink the baskets.

“… I mean, I’ve got the easy part,” he said. “All I have to do is pass and the other guys have the hard part of making the shot. J.J. (Redick) made shots, D.J. (DeAndre Jordan), Paul (Pierce), Wes (Johsnson), all those guys.”

Redick scored 20, Pierce scored 17 and was 5 of 6 from 3-point range and Jordan had 14 points. Paul mentioned Johnson, but Johnson had a poor game, scoring five points on 1 of 7 shooting. Austin Rivers had a good game, with 16 points off the bench on 7 of 10 shooting.

The Clippers (23-13) next host Charlotte on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at Staples Center.


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