LOS ANGELES—The Los Angeles Clippers defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 105-133 behind Chris Paul’s historic performance on Saturday, December 10.
Paul became the first player since turnovers were first recorded in the 1977-1978 season to score 20 points and 20 assists without committing a turnover.
“As a point guard, I’m like the quarterback, so a turnover is like an interception,” Paul said after the game. “And when you have as much firepower as we have, a turnover takes away that opportunity.”
Jamal Crawford added 22 points for the Clippers, who snapped a two-game skid with the victory. Deandre Jordan had 19 points and nine rebounds; Marreese Speights recorded 17 points and a game-high 12 rebounds off the bench; J.J. Redick contributed 16 points.
Austin Rivers scored 18 points including 4 three-pointers before leaving the game in the third quarter after Pelicans forward Terrance Jones inadvertently struck him in the chin with his elbow. Rivers would later be assessed with a mild concussion, according to the team.
Tim Frazier led the Pelicans with 20 points and 11 assists while Terrance Jones had 18 points and five rebounds; Cheick Diallo added 19 points and 10 rebounds off the bench; Buddy Hield scored 15 points and dished out five assists.
The Pelicans extended their losing streak to five games with the loss. They are now 8-17 on the season.
Los Angeles is now 17-7 overall, tied with the Houston Rockets for third place in the Western Conference. The Clippers will face the Portland Trailblazers in their next game on Monday, December 12.