Los Angeles Clippers Historic Night
The Los Angeles Clippers beat the New Orleans Hornets last night, 93-77 was the final score. It wasn’t just an ordinary win though because it extended their current winning streak to 11 games. This win also tied the previous franchise record of 11 consecutive wins, which has been held for 36 years by the 1974-1975 Buffalo Braves team, when the franchise was located there from 1970 until 1978.
The 2012-2013 Clippers have played some of the best basketball that this franchise has ever seen and last night proved that. However, tying the franchise record for consecutive wins wasn’t the only history made during last night’s game.
This franchise changed completely on December 14, 2011, when point guard Chris Paul was traded from the Hornets to the Clippers. That day single-handedly changed the culture of the entire Clippers franchise, when they were finally getting a true leader/superstar that they always wanted.
Paul is without a doubt one of the top five players in the NBA right now and is on his way to a Hall of Fame career. Well, last night Clippers fans actually got to witness another big step towards that Hall of Fame career. Paul made a usual nice, smart, pretty pass to Blake Griffin in traffic late in the second quarter for his 5,000th career assist.
He became the fifth fastest player in NBA history to reach that feat, only Hall of Famer’s Oscar Robertson, Magic Johnson, John Stockton, and Isaiah Thomas did it faster. That certainly won’t be the last of Paul and Clippers fans will get to take a front seat to it all.
It was one big historic night for the Clippers, but this team will have many of those this season. They will try to break that franchise record of 11 consecutive wins on Friday night, when they take on the Sacramento Kings at the Staples Center.
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