Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error You hear coaches say it all the time. When a top player is down, others get a chance to display their wares.With Blake Griffin out for the second consecutive game with a partially torn quad tendon, the Clippers on Monday found energy from a couple of different sources — their bench, and Chris Paul’s legs.Paul dunked twice — barely — and the bench scored half of the team’s 108 points in L.A.’s 108-91 victory at Washington. Paul, a 6-foot guard who rarely dunks, brought emotion to the players on the court as well as on the bench with his two stuffs.“Chris had two of them, which the first one I don’t know if you can call a dunk, but the second one was a dunk and that was good to see,” said coach Doc Rivers, whose team will play Wednesday at Charlotte at 4 p.m. (on Prime Ticket/The Beast 980 AM). “We played with great spirit and the ball was moving. “I thought our second unit with those three guards created so much havoc, and you had three ball-handlers on the floor. It was just nice to see.”For a team that has at times lacked the spirit to put teams away, the Clippers definitely showed killer instinct in this one. They built their lead to as many as 26 points (106-80) after leading by just 15 (86-71) entering the fourth quarter.And it was the bench that did that. Paul was ultra-impressed.“I just think we’re fighting,” he said. “We know we’re a big man short and so everyone knows that they have to be involved in the game,” he said. “It’s really nice when you get the starters starting out the game the way they started out, the bench came in and extended it in the second half, the starters kind of kept it even and then the bench came back in and blew the game out.“That doesn’t happen a lot for us, and it was nice to see.” The Clippers (19-13) have won three consecutive games.Pierce returns to D.C.With Griffin out, Luc Mbah a Moute started at power forward Monday, with Paul Pierce starting at small forward.For Pierce, it meant his first return to Washington after playing for the Wizards last season. It wasn’t like Pierce returning to Boston, where he played his first 15 campaigns. But it was still somewhat sentimental for Pierce, who scored nine points on 4-of-7 shooting and pulled down four rebounds in 17 minutes.“It was fine,” Pierce said. “I spent my one year here and I felt like I really became a part of this city. They really embraced me and I embraced them, and I built some relationships.“I still talk to some of the coaches and some of the coaches still talk to me. So D.C. and its fans are always going to be in my heart.”Scouting the HornetsCharlotte (17-13) has won its past two games, over the Memphis Grizzlies (98-92) and Lakers (108-98). The Hornets are led by guards Kemba Walker and Nicolas Batum. Walker is averaging 18.5 points, 5.0 assists and 1.7 steals. Batum is averaging 16.2 points and 5.1 assists.Batum played in Monday’s victory over the Lakers, but he is considered questionable because of a toe injury.