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                       === Crawford, Clips down Cavs ===
 
 Cleveland,  OH  (Sports Network)  -  Jamal  Crawford  tallied 24  points,  and
 the  Los Angeles  Clippers got  double-doubles  from Blake  Griffin and  Chris
 Paul in a 105-89 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
 
 Griffin ended with 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Paul contributed 11 points
 and  15 assists,  as the Clippers notched their fourth straight win and eighth
 in their last nine tries.
 
 Caron  Butler donated  13  points for  the Clippers,  who  gained their  first
 victory  in  Cleveland since March 10,  2002, the year before LeBron James was
 drafted  by the  Cavaliers. This  was  just their  fifth  win in  the last  21
 meetings overall against the Cavs.
 
 The  Cavaliers were  simply overmatched,  especially considering  Kyrie Irving
 (hyperextended right knee) was out for a third straight game. Tristan Thompson
 had  15  points and 12  rebounds, while Dion Waiters  scored 17, one more than
 C.J. Miles.
 
 An  alley-oop jam  by Alonzo Gee brought the Cavs within 62-59 halfway through
 the  third  quarter, but  the Clippers  again pulled away  by scoring the next
 seven  points. Griffin  capped the burst with a dangerous alley-oop slam off a
 feed  from Paul. Griffin, who was fouled on the play by Tyler Zeller, appeared
 to  have  a bit of  discomfort in his  back, but he  then hit the ensuing free
 throw.
 
 Los  Angeles held  a 77-68  lead after  three quarters  and after  Matt Barnes
 nailed  a  3-pointer to open the  fourth, the double-digit margin remained the
 rest of the game. The lead reached its apex at 23 points.
 
 "Our  game  plan was  great. Whether  Kyrie played  or not,  with him and Dion
 Waiters,  we  were going  to trap the  ball screen," Paul  said. "For a moment
 there  we  couldn't slow (Waiters) down.  We couldn't contain him. For most of
 the game we tried to control him and not let him get going."
 
 Lamar Odom's bank shot in the final minute of the opening quarter widened LA's
 lead to 31-23 after the first stanza. The difference was 54-45 at the half.
 
 "They  have  guys who can make  plays. They have  Chris Paul, who is a double-
 double  guy and  then you have Jamal  Crawford who can score 20 points in five
 minutes,"  Thompson  said. "They have guys  who can make plays and make shots.
 That's  how  they get  up and  down the  floor so  quickly and  score a lot of
 buckets."
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 The  Clippers, who have  never had a winning percentage above .500 on the road
 for  an entire  season, are 20-12 as  the away team this season. They need one
 more  victory to  ensure a winning road  mark for the 2012-13 campaign ... The
 Clippers  moved to 3-15 all-time at Quicken Loans Arena. They had lost 10 in a
 row at the Q prior to Friday.
 
 03/01 23:57:19 ET