John Wall not discouraged by Wizards four game losing streak
Chris Paul did more than just efficiently dominate the Wizards in a Los Angeles Clippers win. The electric point guard did so in historic fashion.
Let's start with the numbers: In the Clippers 113-97 win, CP3 had 38 points on 11 of 14 shooting (78.6) with 12 assists. According to Basketball Reference, only two players have scored at least 38 points, dished out at least 12 assists and shot at least 78 percent from the field since 1985-86: Paul on Saturday night and Clyde Drexler during the 1990-91 season.
Paul also made five 3-pointers (on seven attempts). ProBasketballTalk research shows that no player in the last 28 years put together all those stats in the same game until Paul did just that.
"CP, the shooting that he did today was amazing," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. "He missed three shots, scored 38 points and was only out for three minutes, that’s impressive.”
"He had it going," Trevor Booker stated. "It’s just one of those nights.”
In the Clippers locker room, Paul was asked if he could possibly be more efficient than his just completed performance. At that moment, Paul said he didn't anything about numbers beyond the final score. The reporter read off the list. "38 points, 11 of 14 from the field..."
After listening and taking a moment to contemplate, Paul responded with simplicity.
"Yeah, that's cool."