Chris Paul/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers
Chris Paul is demonstrative on the court, a real ball of intensity. But the L.A. Clippers’ point guard doesn’t boast much when he’s off the court, so his humility after his fine effort Monday night at Dallas wasn’t surprising.
Paul scored 27 points on 12 of 18 shooting in the Clippers’ 109-90 victory over the Mavericks. He scored 18 of his points in the third quarter when the Clippers outscored Dallas 33-16, which means Paul outscored the Mavericks by himself during those 12 minutes. Impressive, indeed. But Paul wouldn’t take all the credit. Keep in mind that Paul made 8 of 9 from the field in the third.
“I think when (the game) is going like that, I’m just trying to force the action,” he said. “(Coach) Doc (Rivers) is always talking about finding a play and sticking with it. So it wasn’t about me making shots. It was about finding help, finding Wes (Johnson) for a shot and finding J.J. (Redick) for a shot. I think when we’re playing like that, it helps our defense.”
Paul also had seven assists, three steals and committed just one turnover in 28 minutes.
As for Redick and Johnson, one of them shot well. Redick scored 22 points on 9 of 14 from the field – 4 of 6 from 3-point range. Johnson scored just three points and shot just 1 of 6, 1 of 4 from beyond the arc. Johnson is just 5 of 26 from long-distance over the past six games. That equates to a woeful 19.2 percent.