Clippers win 11th in a row with victory over Cavaliers

first_imgIt’s the 11th straight win for the Clippers, who take their winning streak to Denver tonight. It ties for the second-longest win streak in franchise history, equaling the 11 in a row Buffalo Braves won in November of 1974.They set the club mark last season when they won 17 in a row, not that the Clippers are completely interested in the streak.“It really doesn’t matter,” Rivers said. “I don’t know what you get for winning games in a row in the regular season. There’s no ‘We had the longest win streak in the regular season’ trophy. It does not matter, and it shouldn’t matter.”They might have to make the trip without yet another ailing guard. This time it was Darren Collison, who was a game-time scratch against the Cavs due to a stomach virus.But they still have Blake Griffin and Chris Paul, who led the way against Cleveland and got some help from the bench, with rookie Reggie Bullock scoring a career-high 14 points. Danny Granger added 11 off the bench. Performing his due diligence as a coach, Doc Rivers pulled out the video of the last time the Clippers faced the Cleveland Cavaliers.The dreaded homework assignment was as difficult to endure as he expected.“Honestly, I don’t know what I learned from that,” Rivers said. “You needed like three Diet Cokes to stay awake watching that game. That game was horrible to watch. By both teams. They were just less worse than us in that game.”The Clippers were held to a season-low 82 points on Dec. 7 in Cleveland but were substantially better Sunday in a 102-80 win over the Cavs at Staples Center. On his 25th birthday, Griffin had 21 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists. Paul had 16 points and 15 assists and though the Clippers made only 44.7 percent of their shots, they committed only seven turnovers and limited Cleveland to 34.9 percent shooting..And forward Matt Barnes continued his run as well. Barnes had 11 points, making it the 12 th consecutive game of scoring in double figures. Barnes entered Sunday’s game averaging 16.4 points per game in March, shooting 55.7 percent from the field and making 41.7 percent of his 3-pointers.He took over the starting small forward duties on Jan. 20.“I’ve asked him to run to the deep corners every single time and if he did that, he would get open shots,” Rivers said. “That’s the only change we made. It took Matt and a lot of the guards to trust that. It opens the floor for us, makes it very difficult defensively because it flattens the defense out.,“Then it gives Mattt a chance because they’ve got to pull in to help with Blake. He’s been great at that and he’s been making shots.”Luol Deng led Cleveland with 23 points and Dion Waiters had 15 off the bench.Center Spencer Hawes had 14 points and five rebounds but was ejected with 1:19 left in the game.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

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