WASHINGTON (AP) –– Chris Paul had 38 points and 12 assists, and the Los Angeles Clippers shared the ball impeccably Saturday night as they wrapped up a tougher-than-it-should’ve-been East Coast road trip with a 113-97 win over the Washington Wizards.
The Clippers never trailed and had assists on 27 of their 39 field goals, including 16 of 21 in the first half. They shot 56 percent to finish 4-3 on a trip that included six Eastern Conference teams, leaving them 6-6 on the season against the pedestrian East and 10-3 against the mighty West.
Paul went 11 for 14 from the field, including 5 for 7 from 3-point range, and made all 11 of his free throws. Jamal Crawford played the fifth man instead of the sixth man, making his first start since April 9, 2012, and finished with 17 points. Blake Griffin added 16 points and nine rebounds.