Chris Paul, left, takes a shot to the face from San Antonio’s Patty Mills during the first half of the Clippers’ 105-86 victory over the Spurs on Thursday at Staples Center/AP photo by Mark J. Terrill
Chris Paul had yet another fine effort in Thursday’s 105-86 victory over the visiting San Antonio Spurs at Staples Center. Paul scored 28 points, shooting 9 of 18 and making all seven of his free throws. He also grabbed five rebounds, doled out 12 assists, made a steal and blocked a shot. He had just two turnovers in 37 grueling minutes.
Center DeAndre Jordan has taken notice.
“Chris has been great all season, especially since Blake (Griffin) went down,” Jordan said. “He has picked it up even more offensively and defensively for us. (He is) being more of a scorer and a playmaker for us. He is doing his job every night and it is great to watch.”
Paul averaged 17.7points, 8.9 assists and 3.3 rebounds before Griffin went down. Paul has averaged 21.1 points, 10.0 assists and 4.4 rebounds in the 24 games Griffin has missed, the Clippers winning 19 of them.