Basketball / Sports

No Chris Paul, no problem as Clippers top Pistons

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Who needs Chris Paul?

Certainly not the Los Angeles Clippers, who beat back a small Detroit Pistons rally to take a 112-103 decision this afternoon in a Martin Luther King Day matinee at the Palace.

They were without the services of superstar point guard Paul, who was out with a separated right shoulder, but he wasn't needed most of the evening.

It's gone well past the point of broken record as the Pistons put in another pathetic defensive effort in allowing the Clippers (29-14) to shoot 55.6 percent and knock down nine triples as they surged to a 20-point in the second half.

The Pistons cut the deficit to nine points twice late -- the last coming on two Kyle Singler free throws to make the score 107-98 with 1:44 left.

The Clippers had 13 dunks and Blake Griffin had 25 points and DeAndre Jordan added 16 points, 21 rebounds and four blocked shots.

The Pistons struggles at the Palace continue as they fall to 7-14 at home. They have lost nine of 12.

Rodney Stuckey scored 29 points and Josh Smith added 24 points for the Pistons (17-24).

Brandon Jennings was held scoreless for only the second time in his career as he was 0-for-6 from the field. Greg Monroe wasn't a lot better with six points on 1-for-3 shooting.

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