Paul returns in Clippers' 123-78 rout of 76ers

Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul, right, puts up a shot as Philadelphia 76ers center Spencer Hawes defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
February 9, 2014 9:10:19 PM PST
Blake Griffin had 26 points, 11 rebounds and six assists, and the Los Angeles Clippers stormed out to a 31-point lead in the first quarter with Chris Paul back in the lineup and pummeled the Philadelphia 76ers 123-78 Sunday night.

Jamal Crawford scored 21 for the defending Pacific Division champions, who were 12-6 while Paul was sidelined with a separated right shoulder that occurred on Jan. 3 at Dallas.

The seven-time All-Star point guard had seven points and eight assists in 23 minutes. DeAndre Jordan had 20 rebounds and 10 points, helping Los Angeles increase its division lead over idle Phoenix to four games.

Tony Wroten scored 21 points off the bench for the 76ers, losers of six straight and 13 of 16.


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