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What's Up, Doc? Clippers rout Pelicans after inactive list snafu postpones Granger's debut

  • Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, left, shoots as New Orleans Pelicans center Jeff Withey defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, left, shoots as New Orleans Pelicans center Jeff Withey defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)  (The Associated Press)

  • Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, left, grabs a rebound away from New Orleans Pelicans center Alexis Ajinca, of France, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, left, grabs a rebound away from New Orleans Pelicans center Alexis Ajinca, of France, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)  (The Associated Press)

  • ADDS REFS NAME AND REASON GRANGER HAD TO LEAVE COURT-Los Angeles Clippers forward Danny Granger, left, talks to referee Bill Spooner prior to an NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Pelicans, Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Los Angeles. Granger left the court after the conversation. Granger was all set to make his debut with the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday night before coach Doc Rivers accidentally left his new acquisition's name off his list of active players. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    ADDS REFS NAME AND REASON GRANGER HAD TO LEAVE COURT-Los Angeles Clippers forward Danny Granger, left, talks to referee Bill Spooner prior to an NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Pelicans, Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Los Angeles. Granger left the court after the conversation. Granger was all set to make his debut with the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday night before coach Doc Rivers accidentally left his new acquisition's name off his list of active players. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)  (The Associated Press)

Chris Paul had 21 points and eight assists, Blake Griffin added 20 points before both All-Stars sat out the fourth quarter, and the Los Angeles Clippers breezed to a 108-76 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday night.

Nine-year veteran Danny Granger did not make his debut with the Clippers 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, which is mandatory.

As a result, referee Bill Spooner ruled Granger ineligible and instructed him to change back into street clothes.