Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Chris Paul may have been named All-Star Game MVP last weekend, but Tony Parker reminded the league why he should be considered for the top individual award at season's end in leading the San Antonio Spurs to an impressive 116-90 annihilation of the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center.
The Spurs dropped their first two meetings versus the Clippers in November, and Parker netted a combined 11 points while being outplayed by Paul in both.
Thursday's showdown between two of the top three teams in the Western Conference was dramatically different, as Parker scored 31 points on 12-of-16 shooting to go with seven assists and no turnovers in a runaway win that improved the Spurs to 6-1 on their nine-game rodeo road trip.
San Antonio shot 59 percent from the field and got contributions throughout their lineup. Danny Green chipped in 15 points and seven assists, while Tiago Splitter and Manu Ginobili netted 10 points apiece for the victors.
Matt Barnes scored 18 points and Blake Griffin logged 17 points and eight rebounds, but Paul had more personal fouls (five) than points (four) for Los Angeles, which had won four in a row prior to the midseason hiatus.