LOS ANGELES (AP) — The high-octane Clippers kept on rolling without newly acquired Danny Granger, who will have to wait a little longer to play his first game with them.
Chris Paul had 21 points and eight assists, Blake Griffin added 20 points before both All-Stars sat out the fourth quarter, and Los Angeles breezed to a 108-76 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday night.
Granger could not play because of a technicality on the team's active list, which is signed by coach Doc Rivers before every game and relayed to the officials. Granger's name was printed by hand by a member of the public relations staff under the heading: "Updated Roster Additions," but the number on the sheet was not circled along with the other active players by the required deadline of 6:30 p.m. local time.
As a result, referee Bill Spooner ruled Granger ineligible and instructed the nine-year veteran to change back into street clothes. The Clippers didn't need their newest small forward in the wire-to-wire victory, which extended their winning streak to four games and increased their Pacific Division lead to four games over Golden State.
"That was on me. I didn't even notice it," Rivers said. "My job is to check it, so I'm going to have to pay a silly fine that our team has instituted. I don't know what the amount will be, probably dinner. Fortunately we didn't need him tonight, and that's good.
"I told Danny I messed up, and he was like: 'I'm good, Coach. It kind of gives me another day to kind of get acclimated anyway.' So he wasn't that upset by it — but he was ready to play. I can tell you that. And he'll be ready for the next one."
Granger signed with Los Angeles on Friday after his contract was bought out by the Philadelphia 76ers, just six days after the 76ers acquired him from Indiana. His Clippers debut will now be Tuesday night at Phoenix.
"The point I'm at now, coming to this team, whatever role Doc sees fit for me is the role that I would do," Granger said during a pregame press conference before knowing he wouldn't play. "It's the type of system I will probably thrive in. It's the system I have thrived in in the past. All the players want to play that way."
It was the fourth game this season in which the Clippers' winning margin was 30 or more points.
"We did not come ready to play," coach Monty Williams said. "That is my responsibility, but it is also the responsibility of our team — especially the leaders of our team."
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