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Chris Paul puts up historic stat line in win over Wizards

Dec 15, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

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Chris Paul was outplayed by Deron Williams in a blowout loss to the Nets on Thursday, and being one of the game’s more fiery competitors, you knew he wasn’t going to let that happen again when facing John Wall and the Wizards in his team’s very next game.

The Clippers jumped on the Wizards early, and led by 23 points at the half on the way to an easy victory which ended the team’s seven-game road trip with a winning 4-3 record. Paul was not only the leader from an effort and energy standpoint, but his final statistical line was one for the ages.

Paul finished with 38 points and 12 assists on better than 78 percent shooting from the field. According to Basketball Reference, the only other player to match that since the 1985-86 season is Clyde Drexler, who achieved those numbers in a game played during the 1990 season.

Add in Paul’s five makes from three-point distance, and his numbers are unequaled by anyone in the last 28 years.

Wall had a pretty good outing of his own, and finished with 24 points on 10-of-16 shooting, to go along with 12 assists. But Paul’s performance, at least from a numbers standpoint, was historically significant.

  1. bealwithit - Dec 15, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    Both point guards played well. Just wish both teams were healthy so it could have been a closer, more entertaining game.

  2. davidly - Dec 15, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers.
    Just another 12 assist night to increase both his lead in that category AND the dish-to-d’oh! category. And how about 11-14, 5-7 from three, and 11-11 from the line? The only way the MVP will go to someone other than CP3 or LBJ is if the Pacers finish with the best record in the NBA.

  3. miamiheatdynasty - Dec 15, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    38 points on 14 shots? Man that’s Lebron-like efficiency.

  4. pbtunpaidwriter - Dec 15, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    Damn he makes up for so many of their weaknesses. WIthout him they might not even be a playoff team in the west. Best PG of all time.

    • money2long - Dec 15, 2013 at 4:31 PM

      magic retired a long time ago.

    • pbtunpaidwriter - Dec 15, 2013 at 4:35 PM

      Chris Paul is better than Magic. Period.

      • therealhtj - Dec 15, 2013 at 5:13 PM

        Put down the pills and booze, and head on back to reality. There’s a reason you’re not paid for these inane ramblings.

      • 00maltliquor - Dec 16, 2013 at 3:27 AM

        This guy’s either 20 years old, trolling, or caught up in prisoner of the moment mode. Good one though! lol

    • mytthor - Dec 16, 2013 at 2:33 AM

      Seriously, if you want to call CP3 the best ever, make your case. But to act like it’s no contest CP is the best, that’s just silly.

      • pbtunpaidwriter - Dec 16, 2013 at 4:20 PM

        I never said its not a contest. He WILL be the best PG ever, and is currently on pace to be.

      • mytthor - Dec 17, 2013 at 2:21 AM

        Yeah I read the article. It’s…interesting. There’s no such thing as “on pace.” The greatest PG ever is not determined by a statistic, or a group of statistics, or solely by championships, or any other factor. It’s not determinable at all. Paul is surely one of the greats. Saying he’s definitively better than Magic or any other particular point guard is pointless and unproveable.

    • redbaronx - Dec 16, 2013 at 1:00 PM

      @pbtunpaidwriter – Uh, lets not get carried away here! Chris Paul isn’t even a top 10 all time point guard. And now I see your comment about Magic below….CP3 wouldn’t even say that about himself! I know you were probably born in the last 20 years, so we’ll forgive your lack of perspective. CP3 couldn’t even touch Magic’s court vision or ability to lead his team to rings, or create the mismatches that were nightmares for other teams.

      • mytthor - Dec 17, 2013 at 2:23 AM

        Now you’re the one getting carried away. If you think there have been 10 PG’s better than Chris Paul, you haven’t been watching basketball in those same 20 years you’re talking about.

      • redbaronx - Dec 17, 2013 at 2:28 PM

        @mytthor – This wasn’t about the league TODAY or guys in their prime. His comment was ALL TIME. There are certainly 10 PG’s better than CP3 all time. And I’ve been watching since 82, so I think my actual viewing time will trump most people.

        Maybe not 10, but here’s 9….

        1) Magic Johnson
        2) Steve Nash
        3) Oscar Robertson
        4) John Stockton
        5) Kevin Johnson
        6) Tim Hardaway
        7) Isaiah Thomas
        8) Allen Iverson
        9) Gary Payton

      • mytthor - Dec 18, 2013 at 12:20 AM

        On that list, the only people I’d rate as definitively better than CP are Magic and Isiah. Stockton and Nash are more important players when it comes to historical impact on the game, but Paul is the better player — and Paul is still in his prime, so his place in history isn’t done. Oscar was more of a combo guard but if he’s on the list he does quite possibly belong above Paul. Tim Hardaway is out of his league on your list, I’d replace him with Jason Kidd. But of your list, I think there’s a lot of guys on the same level /tier as Paul in my book.

        Chris Paul is 28 years old.

  5. nymets05 - Dec 15, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    No way is he better than Magic.Come back with that chatter when Paul has led his team to some championships!

    • paleihe - Dec 16, 2013 at 11:16 AM

      I disagree that Paul is better than Magic, but championships are a team accomplishment.

      I’m sure it helped that Magic played with two future hall of famers, a great defensive presence in Cooper, and a knockdown shooter like Byron Scott.

  6. dunkindan - Dec 15, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    flops and carries. not as bad as westbrook though.

  7. raiderdan69 - Dec 15, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    I’ve seen some stupid things written on here in my time but never have I seen something as asinine as that…..paul better than magic? Magic Johnson is top 5 all time without question. Chris paul has never even been to the conference finals. Think before you type next time rather than getting excited about a good performance against sub 500 wizard team

  8. antistratfordian - Dec 15, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    “Add in Paul’s five makes from three-point distance, and his numbers are unequaled by anyone in the last 28 years.”

    Meh. D.Wade’s 48 points, 12 assists, 6 rebounds, 4 steals, 3 blocks effort on 71.4% shooting, with 5 threes, is a far superior performance. That is truly “unequaled” among efforts of at least 38 points and 12 assists.

    • mytthor - Dec 18, 2013 at 12:23 AM

      I always think these stats are the dumbest, most arbitrary stats. “He’s the only player under 6’4″ to average over 7 rebounds in at least 3 different seasons in which his team made the playoffs.”

  9. pbtunpaidwriter - Dec 15, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    Paul never had the team Magic had. Blake Griffin is not a superstar.

    Paul never had a good team. If Paul had Kareem, he’d have rings too. No doubt.

    • redbaronx - Dec 16, 2013 at 1:07 PM

      @pbtunpaidwriter – Paul may never had the teams Magic had, but then Magic led the Lakers twice to the Finals with lesser versions of the Lakers in 88 and in 91 vs the Bulls with a lot of star players gone or declined.

      Besides, even if you don’t want to measure in rings, just take a look at old video of Magic. He had court vision like he had eyes in back of his head, could throw over the top of guards, and easily dominated smaller guards like Chris Paul on defense.

  10. timcast12 - Dec 15, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    Lol ^ this guy. He’s no where near close to Magic! Haha thanks for the laugh, I appreciate it

  11. nawlinsmitty - Dec 15, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    pbtunpaidwriter………are you crazy?!!!

  12. noahbird - Dec 15, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    But Wall is better, right? Ha

    • redbaronx - Dec 17, 2013 at 2:35 PM

      @noahbird – I think everyone knows Wall shouldn’t have made that comment. Wall may be the fastest, or one of the fastest guys in the league, but he’s got a long way to go on learning how to set up teammates. It seems like Wall likes to cash his checks before he’s made a deposit. Let’s see his team be above .500 first….he’s got enough talent on his team in the East.

  13. genericcommenter - Dec 15, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    Great stats. Numbers were arbitrary, though. Since Drexler was the only player to meet first criteria and did not shoot 3s at all, you could’ve just said making 1 three was historic in the 2nd scenario. Since he was the only person since 1986 to make a single 3pointer in a game while scoring at least 38 points, shooting .780 from the field, and 12 assists.

    Or you could’ve said Drexler was the only player in the last 28 years to have at least 39 points, 12 assists, and shoot 76%. Or you could have said Paul was the only player in 28 years to make all his free throws or to have at least 1 steal, and so on.

  14. brotherlove2012 - Dec 15, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    Paul is a beast, but c’mon man! Magic! How can you?

  15. jimsjam33 - Dec 18, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    I am a long time Clipper fan and I think CP3 is the best point guard in the NBA today , but Magic Johnson was the most talented and most exciting player to EVER play at the Point Guard position in the history of the NBA . Period , end of discussion !

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