After the Los Angeles Clippers’ humbling loss to the Golden State Warriors in game one of their pre-season schedule, the franchise returned to winning ways against the Toronto Raptors last night.
Not much can be read into the results of pre-season games, but it is never good for morale if a team is destroyed by 45 points.
Blake Griffin and Chris Paul ensured the Clippers took their record to 1-1 as they prepare for another tasking NBA season.
Both All-Stars played over 25 minutes - a vast increase from the sub-20 minute games they endured during the blowout loss at the Oracle Arena - and produced the kind of performances we have come to expect from the pair.
Griffin showed his usual soft scoring touch; finishing with a game-high 24 from 10-13 shooting. He connected with a number of mid-range jumpers and shot 66.6 percent from behind the three-point line.
After missing prolonged periods of last season, the forward's presence will be vital for the organisation as they look to finally end their Conference Finals drought.
As for Paul, he continued to show why he is considered one of the best point guards in the game; dishing out 15 assists for his teammates to go with his seven points and three steals.