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Clippers trounce Warriors, 115-89, for 12th straight home win

Clippers jump on the Warriors from the start and get payback for last defeat. Chris Paul finishes with 27 points and nine assists.

January 05, 2013|By Broderick Turner

Looks like the Clippers had more than enough energy to play the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night.

Then again, this was all about payback on every level for the Clippers, about exacting revenge for the spanking the Warriors put on L.A. on Wednesday night in Oakland.

With that in mind, the Clippers had seven players score in double figures, including all five starters, in a 115-89 romp over the Warriors at Staples Center.

Energy wasn't a problem for Chris Paul, who had 27 points on 10-for-12 shooting, including five for six on three-pointers. He also had nine assists and five rebounds, all in 28 minutes.

It wasn't an issue for Blake Griffin, who had 20 points, five rebounds and seven assists in 30 minutes.

It wasn't a problem when Paul threw a lob pass off the backboard for a DeAndre Jordan dunk in the third quarter, pushing L.A.'s lead to 92-56. And when Jordan (13 points, eight rebounds) threw down another dunk, Warriors Coach Mark Jackson called a timeout with his team down by 38.

Jackson then walked onto the court and glared at the Clippers. The Clippers glared right back at Jackson, whose Warriors had their four-game winning streak come to a convincing end.

"They had beat us twice," Paul said of the Warriors. "The first time they beat us here [on Nov. 3], you would have thought they won the NBA Finals.

"Then they beat us there pretty bad, pretty handily. We knew that we wanted to protect our home court and it's a division game."

There was concern on the Clippers' coaching staff about the team having enough energy left after holding off the Lakers on Friday night.

Well, when the Clippers built a 23-point lead after the first quarter at 35-12, there didn't seem to be any worries.

Jackson laughed when asked what his stare meant.

"Nothing," he said. "What you've got to do as a coach, as a player, just let it soak in and remember it. That's all. Mark it down with permanent ink. We'll see."

The Clippers increased their lead in the Pacific Division to four games over the second-place Warriors while extending their home winning streak to 12 games, breaking the

franchise record held by the 1978-79 San Diego Clippers.

Etc.

Jamal Crawford sat out his second consecutive game because of a sore left foot. Crawford will have three more days to rest before the Clippers play again Wednesday.

Crawford also said he got a new pair of shoes and that he had a "little plate in them" to provide him with support.

"The way I play, I cut a lot," Crawford said.

Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro said Grant Hill might get to practice some more next week.

But Del Negro said he didn't expect Chauncey Billups to be in any contact practices that soon.

broderick.turner@latimes.com

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