NEW YORK (AP) DeAndre Jordan scored 20 points on 7-for-7 shooting, Chris Paul had 16 points, 13 assists and six rebounds, and the Los Angeles Clippers routed the New York Knicks 116-88 on Friday night.
The duo hooked up on a few alley-oops during the game as Jordan didn’t have to work hard to improve his NBA-leading field-goal percentage to 72.1 percent.
Paul Pierce finished with 13 points as the Clippers rebounded from Thursday’s 115-102 loss in Cleveland to win for the 12th time in 14 games. Los Angeles shot 56.6 percent from the field.
Carmelo Anthony scored 16 points, but shot just 4 for 12 for the Knicks (22-23), who were trying for a third straight win that would have moved them over .500. Kristaps Porzingis shot even worse, going 4 for 17 while finishing with 13 points and eight rebounds.
The Knicks were within five points early in the second half before the Clippers blew it open during a third quarter that lasted more than a half hour, thanks to a lengthy video review and a few intentional fouls of Jordan, who went 6 for 12 from the line.
Knicks center Robin Lopez was ejected after an altercation with Paul and Jordan, which necessitated the review.
Los Angeles beat the Knicks for the seventh straight time, the longest active winning streak by any team against New York and the Clippers’ longest in franchise history.
Jordan finished with eight rebounds, ending his career-best streak of double-doubles at 10.
Clippers: With a game at Toronto on Sunday, coach Doc Rivers said the Clippers would fly out Friday night after the game rather than wait and risk the impending snowstorm forcing them to stay in New York – even though he joked that was probably what the players would want.
Knicks: Lance Thomas missed a second straight game with a sore left knee. Coach Derek Fisher said the reserve forward was getting better, but wasn’t sure if he could play Saturday at Charlotte. … The Knicks fell to 7-3 in the first game of back-to-back sets.
Lopez was ejected after appearing to hit Paul in the face on a rebound attempt. Jordan then shoved Lopez from behind, and those players appeared to shove each other again while the players were gathered at midcourt before a lengthy video review by referees determined that Lopez got two technical fouls, and Jordan and Paul Pierce each got one.
The Clippers traded Josh Smith to Houston earlier Friday. Smith ended last season with the Rockets before signing with the Clippers. “Obviously, I wanted Josh out to work out,” Rivers said. “It just didn’t for us.” Smith averaged 5.7 points and 3.7 rebounds, and Rivers said he didn’t ask out after falling behind backup center Cole Aldrich in the rotation. “We decided to go in another direction and play Cole. Cole performed well,” Rivers said. “We started winning games and you know Josh was great in the locker room, he was great in practices. He was a professional.”
Clippers: Visit Toronto on Sunday.
Knicks: Visit Charlotte on Saturday.