Clippers overcome slow start to lead Pelicans 56-49 at halftime

Chris Paul

Chris Paul/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers


The Clippers on Sunday overcame a sluggish start to take a 56-49 lead over visiting New Orleans into the halftime intermission at Staples Center.

The Pelicans went on a 13-0 run that began in the first quarter and went into the second to lead 30-19. But the Clippers regrouped, thanks in part to Chris Paul, who led the team with 16 points and six assists.

Jamal Crawford contributed 10 points.

Ryan Anderson started for the injured Anthony Davis (back bruise) and led the struggling Pelicans (11-24) with 12 points. Jrue Holiday scored 10 off the bench.

The Clippers (24-13) have won eight consecutive games, the past seven without leading scorer Blake Griffin (partially torn quad tendon).