Clippers beat down Cavaliers minus James, Irving, Love
Los Angeles Clippers' DeAndre Jordan dunks as Cleveland Cavaliers' Iman Shumpert, bottom right, looks on during the first half of an NBA basketball game, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Blake Griffin scored 23 points and the Los Angeles Clippers capitalized on the Cavaliers' decision to rest their top three players with an easy 108-78 victory over Cleveland on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time).
LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving sat out for the Cavaliers, and the Clippers snapped their three-game losing streak by feasting on the defending champions' supporting cast.
J.J. Redick added 16 points for the Clippers, who swept their season series with the Cavs. Cleveland's personnel decision also allowed the Clippers to rest Griffin, Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan for the entire fourth quarter while their reserves turned a comfortable win into a blowout.
Griffin sat out Thursday's (Friday, PHL time) loss at Denver to rest, and he poured in 13 points in the third quarter while the Clips pulled away.