Doc Rivers never likes to give a projection or a goal before a road trip. He smiles each time he’s asked, before saying he’d like to win them all of course. But even Rivers knew that wasn’t going to happen over the past two weeks without Chris Paul.
Instead, the Clippers finished their 12-day, seven-game Grammys road trip with a 5-2 record, L.A.'s best record on a road trip this long in franchise history, after a 114-86 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.
The Clippers are now 11-3 in 2014, which would be impressive on its own but even more impressive when you consider they’ve been without Paul, who worked out before Monday’s game for the first time since he separated his right shoulder. Paul could be back as early as the first week in February.
How it happened: The Clippers jumped all over the lowly and injury-riddled Bucks early, taking a 32-16 lead at the half and never looking back, leading by as many as 39 points in the fourth quarter.
What it means: It means the Clippers finished their seven-game road trip with a 5-2 record after finishing their previous seven-game road trip this season with a 4-3 mark, and moved to 32-15 on the season and 11-3 in their past 14 games. They are atop the Pacific Division and still hold one of the top four seeds in the West, which was their goal after Paul went down.
Hits: Blake Griffin had 20 points and five rebounds and Darren Collison had 15 points and seven assists. Jamal Crawford continued to make his push to be the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year, finishing with 25 points and three assists. DeAndre Jordan also had 18 rebounds and eight points.
Misses: Matt Barnes struggled, hitting just one of his nine attempts and finishing with three points. He hit only one of his six 3-point attempts.
Stat of the game: The Clippers continued their hot streak from behind the arc, hitting 14 of 28. It marks their third straight game in which they hit 12 or more 3-pointers, the first time that has been accomplished in franchise history.
Up next: The Clippers return home and will play the Washington Wizards on Wednesday. L.A. beat Washington 113-97 when the teams met last month. The Wizards are currently 21-22 and the 6-seed in the East, just two games out of the 3-seed.