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Cavs win 12th straight, rout Clippers

Feb 6, 2015 - 5:12 AM Cleveland, OH ( - Kevin Love had 24 points and nine rebounds, LeBron James added 23 points and nine assists and the Cleveland Cavaliers routed the Los Angeles Clippers 105-94 for their 12th straight win.

J.R. Smith hit four 3-pointers and finished with 16 points and Timofey Mozgov supplied 12 points and nine boards for the Cavs, who led by as many as 32.

"It's important that you play physical," Cleveland coach David Blatt said. "I thought we were consistent in that tonight and I thought that really helped us."

Blake Griffin posted 16 points and eight rebounds, while Chris Paul provided 10 points and nine assists for Los Angeles, which has dropped three of its last four games on the heels of a six-game winning streak.

"It's on all of us tonight," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. "We weren't prepared from the beginning."

After Jamal Crawford's jumper got the Clippers within 22-18 late in the opening frame, the Cavs embarked on a 15-4 run that bled into the second to seize control.

Cleveland was up 30-20 following a quarter of play. James, who netted six points during the surge, capped it with consecutive baskets. He drove from the left wing for an emphatic two-handed dunk before blowing by Griffin from the right wing for a layup and a 37-22 margin.

Smith's 3-pointer late in the first half staked the Cavs to a 65-42 spread heading into the break.

Cleveland took a healthy 94-63 cushion into the fourth, where they cruised to the easy triumph.

Game Notes

The Cavaliers held a 52-43 rebounding margin ... The Clippers were just 5- of-22 from beyond the arc ... LA guard J.J. Redick sat out due to back spasms ... Kyrie Irving had 16 points, five boards and five steals for Cleveland ... DeAndre Jordan pulled down 14 boards for LA.