NBA: Balanced attack propels Clippers past Knicks
New York – The Los Angeles Clippers defeated the New York Knicks 102-88 with the help of a strong bench attack and Chris Paul’s 25 points, seven assists and a half dozen rebounds.
Jamal Crawford had a team high 27 points and Blake Griffin finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Clippers, who won despite 42 points from New York forward Carmelo Anthony at Madison Square Garden.
Los Angeles won for the second time in three National Basketball Association games as their reserves easily outscored New York’s bench 48-15.
Anthony also had eight rebounds and Raymond Felton was the only other member of the Knicks to score in double figures, finishing with 20 points. The Knicks have lost two of their last three games.
The Clippers held a 71-70 edge heading into the fourth quarter.
Crawford and Eric Bledsoe combined for 13 points during a 19-5 run in the fourth to put the Clippers ahead 90-78 with five minutes to play.
The Knicks rebounded with an 8-2 push to get back within 92-86 but Los Angeles scored the next seven points to regain a 13-point lead with 1:11 left and cruised to the win.
It was Paul’s second game back after missing nine straight with a bruised right kneecap.
The Pacific Division-leading Clippers are now 16-12 on the road and will close out their current road swing on Monday at Philadelphia.