What happens when expert ball-handling meets clueless defense? Look no further.
With less than four minutes remaining in the third quarter and the Clippers leading 69-49, Paul collected a defensive rebound and looked to push the ball ahead, while Boozer attempted to impede his progress near midcourt. As Boozer lamely tried for a steal, Paul split Boozer's legs like he was playing croquet, pushing the ball far ahead with his left hand and retrieving it once he passed the center line.
[daily_cut.NBA] The only good news for Boozer is that Jabari Brown hustled back on defense, preventing Paul from coasting in for a runaway layup or tossing up an alley-oop. The relief proved to only be temporary, as Paul eventually found Austin Rivers for a three-pointer on the possession.
Needless to say, the Clippers cruised to an easy victory over their crosstown rivals. Paul finished with seven points and a game-high 15 assists in just 30 minutes. Blake Griffin added 18 points, five rebounds and five assists in the blowout.
Wesley Johnson led the Lakers with 16 points and four rebounds. Tarik Black added 10 points and nine rebounds.
The Clippers improved to 52-26. The Lakers fell to 20-56.