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Chris Paul has 11 double-doubles to start season, ties Magic Johnson record

Nov 19, 2013, 11:42 AM EDT

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Anytime you equal a Magic Johnson basketball record, you’re doing something right.

Chris Paul did that in the Clippers’ loss Monday night to Memphis — he had 18 points and 11 assists, giving him a double-double in all 11 games this young season. That tied Magic for most double-doubles to start a season.

Paul can break the record Wednesday at Minnesota.

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CP3 is struggling with his shot some this season, shooting 42.4 percent overall, down from 48.1 percent last season. The reason is he’s not finishing well inside, hitting just 50 percent of his shots inside 8 feet, plus he’s shooting 23.7 percent from three (he shot 32 percent from deep last year). Paul is still scoring, 19.5 a game, but he’s not as efficient.

However his passing and setting up teammates has been amazing — Paul is assisting on 52.8 percent of his teammates buckets when he is on the court. Think about that, he is setting up better than half his teams baskets when he plays — having a shooter like J.J. Redick who can space the floor and works hard off the ball has really given Paul options.

CP3 is simply the best point guard, the best floor general in the game today. It’s not one of those questions really up for debate around the league. He has the mantle.

And with one more double-double he takes a record away from Magic, which is pretty impressive.

  1. legend30 - Nov 19, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Chris Paul actually averages a triple double each game: about 17 points, 11 assists and at least 10 flops.

    • dannymac17 - Nov 19, 2013 at 2:34 PM

      Bitter. CP3 on your team = You not saying a single thing about flops.

      • legend30 - Nov 19, 2013 at 4:08 PM

        Not saying I wouldn’t want Chris Paul. He’s a great flopper, every team needs a good flopper.

  2. davidly - Nov 19, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    That’s gotta be a point guard–or points/assists–record, right? I mean, because Wilt Chamberlain had a career average of 30 points and 23 rebounds per game; if he didn’t have more consecutive double-doubles to open a season, that’d be astonishing, which would make this feat even more so, I guess.

    • Kurt Helin - Nov 19, 2013 at 1:36 PM

      I should clarify, that is points/assists.

  3. teabone413 - Nov 19, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    lol.. and they use to day dwill was cp3’s equal.

    cp3 is the complete package… good team mate, great skills, and a stand up guy.

  4. antistratfordian - Nov 19, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    Here are their averages during their streaks:

    MAGIC (1990-91): 20.2 / 14.1 / 6.7 — 48.5% FG, 4.2 TO, 39.5 MPG (97.9 pace)
    PAUL (2013-14): 19.5 / 12.6 / 5.2 — 42.4% FG, 3.2 TO, 36.3 MPG (97.0 pace)

    Fascinating. I’d say Magic’s run was slightly more impressive up to this point, but they’re both impressive – and CP3 has a chance to extend his streak for who knows how long. Also appreciate that Chris Paul is only 6’0 (if that) and is averaging over 5 boards a game – that’s unusual.

  5. danielgmz - Nov 19, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    How many did Rondo have last year?

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