CLEVELAND: Chris Paul had 15 assists, Blake Griffin had 16 points and the Los Angeles Clippers blasted the Cavs 105-86 on Friday for their first win in Cleveland in more than 10 years.
The Cavs, who were without Kyrie Irving for the third consecutive game, went six minutes without a field goal in the fourth quarter as the Clippers blew open a 23-point lead after the Cavs cut the deficit to 62-59 in the third quarter.
Dion Waiters had 17 points and six assists, Tristan Thompson had 15 points and 12 rebounds and C.J. Miles had 16 points off the bench for the Cavs, who suffered their worst loss since a 117-99 defeat at the Detroit Pistons on Feb. 1. That loss triggered a team meeting in the locker room after the game.
The Cavs pulled within three on a basket by Alonzo Gee with 5:48 left in the third, but the Clippers called a timeout and hit the gas. The Cavs weren’t heard from again.
Jamal Crawford’s 4-point play pushed the lead to 85-70 with 9:50 loft, then he banked in another 3 from high off the glass with 6:30 left. Paul followed with a 3-pointer on the Clips’ next possession and the Cavs’ night was over.
Coach Byron Scott held Irving out for a third consecutive game and said he wants to get him into a practice to test his hyper-extended right knee before opting to play him again. The Cavs are scheduled to practice both Saturday and Sunday before hosting the New York Knicks on Monday.
Waiters was named the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month just after tip-off on Friday. Waiters averaged 15.8 points and shot 51 percent in 12 February games.
It was the Clippers' first victory in Cleveland since March 10, 2002, when John Lucas was the Cavs' coach.