"We just made a few timely shots. It was about time we make one," Paul said. "Last four minutes, we had some terrible possessions, pretty much my fault. So a great credit to our team defense."
Paul hit a step-back jumper during his late run to keep the Clippers ahead by six.
"It was a contested jumper and he knocked it down. The superstar players will do that," Bryant said. "He's very crafty, and to his credit he made some pretty tough shots."
The Lakers got within three early in the third only to have the Clippers push their lead to 10 points. It was a similar situation in the second, when the Lakers got within five points on Bryant's 3-pointer before the Clippers ran their lead back to 10 points by halftime.
"Look at the difference between our team and theirs," Howard said. "They just play together. They share the ball. Everybody's excited when something happens. We have to be like that to be a great team."
The first three quarters were punctuated with several highlight dunks from both sides. Paul fed DeAndre Jordan and Griffin on alley-oop slams that had the sellout crowd of 20,179 roaring.
The Clippers dropped consecutive games at Denver and Golden State earlier in the week, when their 17-game winning streak was snapped. They host the Warriors on Saturday night, looking for their first win in three games against them this season.
"Those guys have been resting since they played us a few nights ago," Paul said. "It's our home game and we've got to take the momentum and beat them."
Jodie Meeks scored 14 points for the Lakers and fellow reserve Jordan Hill had 13 before he sprained his right ankle early in the fourth.
NOTES: Clippers F Jamal Crawford missed the game with a sore left foot that he hurt in Denver. ... Clippers G Chauncey Billups will start working out Saturday after being out most of the season recovering from surgery. ... Clippers F Grant Hill is expected to return next week after missing all season because of surgery.