PHILADELHPIA — Welcome to The Show.
The Clippers put on a show of force Monday night that overwhelmed the Philadelphia 76ers, 107-90, at the Wells Fargo Center.
The main attractions were dunks, three-point shooting and defense on the final night of an eight-game trip that began Jan. 30 and ended with an emphatic victory that enabled the Clippers to return home with a 4-4 record. After a 1-3 start, they won three of the last four games.
"We could have easily come in sluggish and had a letdown, knowing we have that 51/2-hour flight [back to L.A.] to look forward to tonight," Chris Paul said after the game.
But the smooth-operating Paul wouldn't allow that. He had 21 points on nine-for-11 shooting, 11 assists and five steals, all in about 241/2 minutes of playing time.
There was power from Blake Griffin, who had 20 points, nine rebounds and five assists in about 28 minutes.
There was Matt Barnes starting in place of Caron Butler (sidelined by a sore lower back) and scoring 11 points on four-for-seven shooting, two for five on three-point attempts.
And there was super-sub Jamal Crawford scoring 20 points on eight-for-10 shooting, three for four from three-point range.
"That was just fun to watch," Crawford said. "Even if the reserves don't go back in the game, it's crazy to watch. And we had every reason to have an excuse after having a big-time win [Sunday] in New York. But we're pros and we're playing for something big here."
The Clippers shot a season-high 58.7% from the field, 42.1% (eight for 19) from three-point range, and held the 76ers to 41.7% shooting.
"Our defense was key," Paul said.
Even the Philadelphia fans appreciated some aspects of the Clippers' show.
Griffin threw down a left-handed dunk over Spencer Hawes in the third quarter while being fouled by the 76ers center, drawing oohs and aahs. He missed the free throw, but DeAndre Jordan collected the offensive rebound and threw down a two-handed dunk while twisting on the rim.
Lob City was in full effect.
The Clippers had 11 dunks — six by Griffin, two each by Jordan and Ryan Hollins and one by Ronny Turiaf.
Griffin was also part of an amusing sequence when Barnes threw a pass to him under the basket. He was wide open and fans anticipated another emphatic dunk.
Instead, Griffin gathered himself, leaped — and dropped in a layup.
The fans booed.
"I get booed a lot when I don't dunk, " Griffin said, smiling. "But I only dunk for Clipper fans."
The Clippers took control right away, building leads of 6-0 and 24-10 on the way to a 56-33 halftime advantage.
The Clippers shot a season-best 62.9% from the field in the first half and were five for eight (62.5%) from three-point range.
And they did all this without starters Butler and Chauncey Billups (sore lower back).
"We salvaged the road trip as best we could," Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro said. "But hopefully we get Chauncey back and Caron here as soon as possible."