No Chris Paul? No problem for the Clippers. Of course it helps to have Blake Griffin, It also helps to be playing the Nets at home. Unlike the Bulls, who had to go on the road and face a tough Memphis team without their superstar point guard Derrick Rose, the Clippers got 23 points and 14 boards from Griffin and were able to beat New Jersey 101-91 at the Staples Center. The Nets rallied to tie the game at 81-81 with about six and a half minutes left. That’s when Chauncey Billups took over to score 9 points the rest of the way as the Clippers ended the game on a 20-10 spurt.
The Clippers will travel to Utah on Tuesday and will be back home to face Dallas on Wednesday. They will close the week out by hosting Minnesota on Friday. New Jersey will host Golden State on Wednesday and Oklahoma City on Saturday. The Clippers are now 7-3 while the Nets fall to 3-11.
Jrue Holiday scored 24 points and Andre Iguodala added 21 to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 94-82 win over Milwaukee in a MLK Day Matinee in Philly. The Sixers ran their record 10-3. The Bucks were led by Andrew Bogut with 20 points and 11 rebounds as they fell to 4-8 on the season. Everything is going right for the Sixers this season. They’ve won three straight, nine of 10 overall and already hold a four-game lead over the second-place Knicks in the Atlantic Division. At home, the Sixers are 6-0.
Philly will host Denver on Wednesday and Atlanta on Friday before visiting Miami on Saturday. The Bucks host Denver on Tuesday and visit New York on Friday.
In New Orleans, Portland took down the Hornets 84-77. LaMarcus Aldridge led the Blazers with 22 points to give them their first win in four games. The Blazers are now 8-5 as they also got 19 from Nicolas Batum and 14 from Gerald Wallace. Jarrett Jack led the Hornets with 21 points as they fell to 3-10 on the season.
Portland will visit Atlanta on Wednesday, Toronto on Friday, and Detroit on Saturday. New Orleans host Memphis on Wednesday, visit Houston on Thursday and host Dallas on Saturday.
Atlanta is now 3-0 since losing Al Horford as they beat the Raptors 93-84 on MLK day in Atlanta. The Hawks ran their record to 10-4 while the Raptors slipped to 4-10. Josh Smith had 28 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Hawks. The Raptors, who played without their star center Andrea Bargnani, were led by Leandro Barbosa with 22 points.
Atlanta will host Portland on Wednesday, visit Philly on Friday and host Cleveland on Saturday. Toronto visits Boston on Wednesday and hosts Portland on Friday.