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Paul praises Griffin display

27 February 2013 14:40

The Clippers' top two reserves, Jamal Crawford and Eric Bledsoe, were both missing but Paul's side still cruised to a 106-84 victory at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles.

Griffin's star showing with 24 points was key in the victory, and Paul was grateful to have such a devastating asset on his side.

"You can't guard him when he takes off," Paul said of Griffins.

"Tonight they tried to load up and down all of the ball-screens. They put one guy on me and Blake's man would be over and trying to stop me from driving.

"When you're on a younger team you don't necessarily understand weak-side defence and Blake is the best at driving to the rim and if you're not there before he catches it you don't have a chance."

The Clippers recorded a season-high 34 assists for their sixth win in seven games.

But Griffin still sees room for improvement.

"We're playing alright, I think we can play better," he said.

"I think our chemistry is pretty good but we're missing guys here and there - it hurts. But getting everybody back hopefully; Eric Bledsoe will be back hopefully; Jamal will be back.

"Really it's just a matter of building from here. And as long as defensively we're together and defensively we have energy and are aggressive and play our game I think we're okay."

Next up for Griffin and the Clippers is a trip to the in-form Indiana Pacers.

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