It is still early in the process for the Clippers to find out what they will be like without Chris Paul, but at least they can say they are 1-1 in his absence since his latest injury. With Paul down with a separation of his right shoulder that will keep him from playing for up to six weeks, the Clippers turned to Darren Collison and DeAndre Jordan to lead them past the Orlando Magic, 101-81, Monday night at Staples Center. Collison, who starts at point guard in place of Paul now, had a big night, scoring 21 points on eight-for-11 shooting and handing out seven assists. Jordan did most of his work inside, offensively and defensively, coming up two blocked shots short of a triple-double with 14 points, 17 rebounds and eight blocks. Blake Griffin did his part, scoring 16 points to go along with eight rebounds and six assists. "We've still got to survive this," Coach Doc Rivers said. "This is a long stretch without Chris." Paul watched from the bench, enjoying his teammates as they put on a show that included making 11 of 31 (35.5%) of their three-point attempts. "DC is very capable," Paul said of Collison. "Blake has shown that with or without me, he's a dominant force in this league. I'm not worried about us." It didn't matter to the Clippers that they were playing a Magic team that has now lost four straight and has the second-worst record in the NBA. What mattered is that they started the game strong, unlike their openings last week in Dallas and San Antonio, when the Clippers gave up 70 points in the first half to each team.
Darren Collison fills in nicely to lead Clippers past Magic
Los Angeles Times | Jan 7