It's time for the new-look Los Angeles Clippers to take the big stage in their first regular season game against the Golden State Warriors. After acquiring All-Star point guard Chris Paul in the shortened offseason, the Clippers gave a brief preview of just how electrifying CP3 and Blake Griffin can be. With the additions of Caron Butler and Chauncey Billups, maybe, just maybe, the Clippers might be the team to watch in L.A.
On the other end, it's also a special night for the Warriors as former NBA guard and ESPN broadcaster Mark Jackson makes his debut as head coach. Despite an injured ankle, guard Stephen Curry plans to play after participating in the pregame walk-through.
So how many alley-oops will we see from the Clippers? 6? 13? Will the Warriors stay strong at home? Or will the Clippers show us more of what's to come?
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12/26/2011 1:20 AM EST
Clippers win 105-86. Cp3 turned it on in the fourth quarter and that's all they needed.
Paul had 20, Billups had 21 and Blake Griffin had 22.
12/26/2011 1:16 AM EST
Putting The Game Away
Clippers are running away with this one. After forcing a turnover, Blake Griffin hits a long jumper to make it a 15-point game. 1:40 left.
12/26/2011 1:15 AM EST
@ sportsguy33 :
Chris Paul just said, "I'm tired of watching everyone else take bad shots, I'm gonna win the game now. Stand to the side and watch please."
12/26/2011 1:13 AM EST
Chris Paul hits his third consecutive jumper. He didn't even pass on those last three possessions. All he did was create space between him and the defense (he made that part way to easy) and knocked down three long 2-pointers. 97-84 Clippers with 2:38 to go.
12/26/2011 1:11 AM EST
cp3 Taking Over
Chris Paul uses his cross over to shake off Curry and hits a jumper. Then after a steal, he splits the defense and makes another jumper to give the Clippers and 11-point lead.
12/26/2011 1:10 AM EST
Miss Miss Miss
Both teams keep missing shot after shot after shot. Billups missed a on a quick 3-point attempt. Then Klay Thompson missed a running jumper and on the other end, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan must have missed at least 4 shots there. Finally Brandon Rush takes it to the hole and draws a foul. Rush made both free throws to cut the lead to 91-84.
12/26/2011 1:08 AM EST
Billups was given two free throws and made both.
12/26/2011 1:07 AM EST
Butler Gets 2
Caron Butler reaches double-digits with a baseline jumper. Warriors can't score on their next possession and Clippers get the rebound. Billups draws the contact and gets the call while throwing up a wild shot. It looked like it was NOT a shooting foul but the refs are looking it over.
12/26/2011 1:02 AM EST
Billups makes a 3-pointer to extend the lead to six. That's 19 for Billups tonight.
12/26/2011 1:02 AM EST
Biedrins hits an easy two after some sloppy play, but Mo Williams answers with a running 2-pointer. Klay Thompson was then called for an offensive foul.