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Clippers are Globetrotters to 76ers' Washington Generals winning 123-78

Even with that final score - 123 to 78 - the game wasn't even that close.

Chris Paul (3) returned to the Clippers lineup for L.A.'s 123-78 win over Philadelphia.
Eric Geller

Celebrating point guard Chris Paul's return after being sidelined for six weeks with a separated right shoulder, the Los Angeles Clippers (36-18) toyed with the Philadelphia 76ers (15-37) winning by 45 points in front of the 120th consecutive Clippers sellout at Staples Center.

With Los Angeles comfortably in front 69-30 at halftime, a good portion of the 19,157 in attendance left midway through the third quarter with the Clippers holding their largest lead at 89-33.

"We ran into a buzz-saw." Said 76ers coach Brett Brown. "We got jumped on early and did not respond."

"I've been on both sides of a score like this one." Said Clippers coach Doc Rivers. "It's hard to be on the wrong end. Give Brett credit. He kept coaching using all of his timeouts. I would've done the same thing."

It was literally like a Harlem Globetrotters-Washington Generals game with the Clippers jumping out to a 13-nothing lead on an alley-oop dunk by all-star starter Blake Griffin who brought the crowd to its feet with two consecutive alley-oop tomahawk dunks late in the second - including one where he passed the ball behind his back to Paul who then fed Blake at the rim for the facial.

"It was a fast paced game." Said Griffin who led the Clippers with 26 points, 11 rebounds and six assists. "We wanted to push the ball. They wanted to push the ball and I remember four minutes into the game looking up and saying to myself 'Aw man, we got eight minutes left?' "

That statement got Griffin plenty of laughs from the assembled media.

As for Paul making his return since the shoulder injury he sustained in Dallas against the Mavericks on January 3rd, he scored seven points, dishing out eight assists and working four steals in just under 23 minutes of playing time in the blowout.

"So many things are going through your mind, especially when you come back." Said Paul after the game. "You want to make sure you're not too tired, make sure you're not trying too hard. And at the same time we've been playing extremely well (during his six week layoff) I didn't want to break that rhythm."

"He looked great." Said Rivers who couldn't be happier with his point guard's return. "When you miss games, you can see he wasn't used to it. You can see he was fumbling the ball a little bit but overall, he was terrific."

To hear from Rivers and Paul click on the video with this story.

Jamal Crawford - starting opposite Paul in the back court for injured J. J. Redick - scored 21 points. Center DeAndre Jordan finished with ten points and 20 rebounds.

For the Sixers, Tony Wroten led the way with 21 points and Thaddeus Young had 15 points and 11 rebounds. But it was one of those games where you burn the game tape and just move on to the next game.

"We were getting good shots and good looks. We just weren't making them." Said Young. "It's like the lid was on the basket. You're going to have some games like that. You just can't let it get out of hand like that."

The Clippers have two days off until a huge Western Conference showdown with the Portland Trailblazers Wednesday night at Staples Center.

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