Clippers get club-record 12th straight home win

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 6, 2013 at 1:27 am •  Published: January 6, 2013
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Clippers had no intention of going 0-3 against the Golden State Warriors, and they played like it.

Chris Paul had 27 points and nine assists, Blake Griffin added 20 points and the Clippers set a franchise record with their 12th straight home victory, 115-89 over the Warriors on Saturday night.

"We've been pretty good at home," Paul said. "I think that's 12 in a row for us here. It's all about our fans, and we feed off them. So we've got to keep making this a tough place to play.

"The first time they beat us here, you would have thought they won the NBA Finals," Paul added. "Then they beat us up there pretty handily, so we wanted to protect our home court. This was the third time we've played those guys at the end of a back-to-back, so we knew if we let them get out and run, we'd be in for a long night."

Instead, it was a long night for the Warriors, who slipped four games behind the Clippers in the Western Conference standings. Coach Mark Jackson got so frustrated at one point late in the third quarter after an alley-oop dunk by a giddy DeAndre Jordan, he came onto the court and just glared at the Clippers' bench as they celebrated during the ensuing timeout. Some of them stared back.

"It was just a good old-fashioned heavyweight championship staredown. That's all," Jackson said. "But they earned the right to celebrate, the way they played. So what you've got to do as a coach or as a player is just let it soak in and remember it. That's all. Mark it down with permanent ink."

The Clippers lead the NBA with a 27-8 record, a half-game ahead of conference rivals Oklahoma City and San Antonio. They won a club-record 17 straight overall before back-to-back road losses at Denver and Golden State, then beat the Lakers 107-102 on Friday. The Clippers' previous best home winning streak was set in 1978-79, their first season in San Diego after the franchise left Buffalo.

Jordan added 13 points and eight rebounds for Los Angeles, which built a 23-point lead through the first quarter and won for the 19th time in 21 games overall. Coach Vinny Del Negro pulled Griffin and Paul after the Clippers built a 96-60 lead with 2:40 left in the third quarter.

Klay Thompson had a team-high 14 points for the Warriors (22-11), who had won 12 of 15 and were trying to match the second-best start in team history behind the 1975-76 squad that won 25 of its first 33. They were 23-10 in 1955-56 and in 1991-92.

"We didn't play well and they played like they wanted to send a message, so give them credit," Jackson said. "It's fresh in their minds what took place just the other day, so we knew their mindset and we didn't respond."

Playing their fourth game in five nights, the Clippers busted out of the gate with a 22-6 run while Golden State missed 15 of its first 18 shots. Stephen Curry and David Lee, the only Warriors averaging 20 or more points, both were 0 for 4 during that stretch.

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