Once the Clippers stopped jogging and started sprinting Sunday against the bruised and battered New York Knicks, everything was right in their world. Once the Clippers remembered who they are and what the Knicks have become, it turned into a routine victory. It took a little longer to get there than anyone might have expected, but the Clippers eventually got the double-digit victory they coveted by slicing and dicing the nicked-up Knicks in a pivotal third quarter and then securing a 93-80 win. "We got the result we wanted," Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said. "A solid win for us. Obviously, they have players out. It's a different complexion game. They're doing different things right now. "But we got the result we wanted and I'm pleased with that." DeAndre Jordan provided a highlight-reel dunk in the first half, completing a fast break with a windmill slam. Blake Griffin added one of his own in the second, off a lob pass from Chris Paul that had everyone in a sellout crowd of 19,412 at Staples Center on their feet. Paul scored 20 points, grabbed four rebounds and added eight assists. Caron Butler added 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting in his first game back in the starting lineup after sitting out Wednesday's loss to the Memphis Grizzlies because of a strained left elbow.
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