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Clippers Clobber the Knicks 114-105

Blake Griffin scored 30 points in just three quarters and the Los Angeles Clippers crushed the New York Knicks, 114-105, for their second straight victory on Monday night at Staples Center.

Blake Griffin scored 30 points, Chris Paul had 13 points and 13 assists and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the New York Knicks 114-105 on Monday night.

DeAndre Jordan added 14 points and 10 rebounds, and the Clippers blew the game open by outscoring the Knicks 34-19 in the third quarter for a 25-point lead.

The Clippers (42-29) pulled to within one game of the Utah Jazz for fourth in the Western Conference and homecourt advantage in the first round of the playoffs. They have 11 regular season games remaining.

"It's important, but I'm not going to focus on that," said Clippers' head coach Doc Rivers of getting home court advantage against the Jazz. "I'm going to focus on winning every game and at the end we'll see where we're at." 

The fading Knicks were led by Kristaps Porzingis' 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Derek Rose had 18 points and Carmelo Anthony had 16. Largely using their bench, they cut the 25-point deficit to seven points in final minutes.

Griffin got off to a hot start, hitting eight of his first 10 shots. Jordan was right behind, connecting on 5 of 6 to help the Clippers shoot 55.8 percent in the first half. Griffin had 20 points at the break.

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