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Blake Griffin (left) of the Los Angeles Clippers shoots against the Houston Rockets on Monday in Houston [url=]Manny Ramirez Jersey[/url] , Texas. Photo: CFP
The Los Angeles Clippers rose to the challenge of playing without Chris Paul as they wasted no time wrestling away home-court advantage from Houston with a 117-101 win on Monday.

Paul, who injured his hamstring in game seven against the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday, watched from the sidelines as his teammates prevailed in game one of the best-of-seven Western Conference semifinals.

Blake Griffin recorded his third triple--double of the playoffs with a monster performance of 26 points, 14 rebounds and 13 assists as a half dozen Clippers reached double figures in the win.

Jamal Crawford chipped in with 21 points off the bench, Matt Barnes -added 20 and J.J. Redick scored all 17 of his points in a second half completely -controlled by the Clippers.

Austin Rivers [url=]Eddie Robinson Jersey[/url] , who started in place of Paul, tallied 17 points for the Clippers, who can take a 2-0 series lead when the teams square off again Wednesday.

Paul gamely fought through a -hamstring strain in game seven against the Spurs on Saturday and banked in the game-winning runner to cap an epic -series and send the Clippers into the -second round.

The injury forced Paul out of Monday's game, and while he was surely missed - the Clippers turned it over 23 times - they did more than enough to get the victory.

James Harden, on the same day of learning he finished second to Stephen Curry in MVP voting [url=]Bob Feller Jersey[/url] , finished with 20 points and 12 assists but turned it over nine times and went nearly 18 minutes without a field goal in the second half.

In the Eastern Conference contest, guard Derrick Rose scored 25 points, Pau Gasol added 21 points and 10 -rebounds and the Chicago Bulls eased past LeBron James' Cleveland Cavaliers with a 99-92 win.

The Bulls blew a 16-point lead in the first half, but then used a 15-0 surge in the third quarter to take a comfortable lead.

Cleveland charged back and trimmed the deficit to two in the fourth quarter with 5:21 remaining on the clock. Butler, though [url=]Larry Doby Jersey[/url] , split a pair of free throws and drained a three-pointer before Gasol's jumper gave the Bulls a 94-86 lead with 3:26 to go.

The Cavs never got closer than four in the rest of the game. Butler scored seven of Chicago's last 11 points.

Game two is Wednesday in Cleveland.

Why you must visit the Blackpool illuminations Published: 16.04.2009 | Author: pmcindoe | Category: Vacations

If you live in – or near – Blackpool you will know all about the illuminations and the power they have to draw in thousands of visitors every year. However, not everyone is aware of just how amazing these illuminations actually are.

It鈥檚 been well over a century since the year when the lights were first switched on, and they show no signs of becoming less popular as time goes by. While there is plenty to keep visitors amused when they arrive in Blackpool, there is no doubt that some people come purely to see the illuminations and nothing else.

The evening when the lights are first switched on has become something of a focal point, and it is customary for someone famous to mark the moment when the whole display can be seen for the first time each year. Some notably famous names have agreed to take on this role over the years [url=]Carlos Baerga Jersey[/url] , including Anna Neagle in 1949, George Formby in 1953, Terry Wogan in 1978 and Joanna Lumley in 1985. This aspect of the ceremony alone makes it well worth the trip to see the opening of the illuminations.

Contrary to what some people may believe, the illuminations are not kept on all day and all night. They are switched on as the evening gets darker, with the time coming forward each day as the evenings draw in. They are then switched off again between half past eleven and one in the morning. One wonders what the electricity bill would be if they were left on twenty four hours a day [url=]Kenny Lofton Jersey[/url] , given the fact that more than a million bulbs are used!

While all the individual displays are well worth looking at, it is the overall effect created that really takes your breath away. If you just want to see the illuminations then you should jump on a bus or a tram, but if you want to enjoy the illuminations at your own pace then grab your most comfortable walking shoes and stroll along underneath them for a close up view that cannot be beaten. You might not want to walk the entire length of them though, as they run for an impressive six miles!

Of course there is plenty more to keep you occupied at Blackpool, enabling you to have a great day out before it gets dark and the lights come on for you to marvel at. One of the most famous places to visit is the Blackpool Pleasure Beach [url=]Corey Kluber Jersey[/url] , and there are certainly plenty of rides and attractions to keep you entertained here.

Make sure you get a Blackpool Destination Guide to help you plan your trip more effectively, so you can enjoy your stay in Blackpool to the fullest extent.

Paul McIndoe writes for a digital marketing agency. This article has been commissioned by a client of said agency. This article is not designed to promote, but should be considered professional content.

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