Clippers Top Boston for 15 Straight Wins, Face Utah Friday Night

The team with the NBA's best record goes for 16 consecutive wins Friday night at Utah

By Jonathan Lloyd and Beth Harris
|  Friday, Dec 28, 2012  |  Updated 10:32 AM PDT
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The LA Clippers won a franchise-best 15th consecutive game Thursday with a 106-77 victory over visiting Boston in a game that saw Los Angeles take a 24-9 lead to take control.

The Clippers became the first team to win that many consecutive games since the Celtics four years ago and San Antonio last year. The Spurs' streak ended at 15 games, Boston went on the win 19 straight games four years ago.

The Lakers own the NBA's longest win streak -- 33 games during the 1971-72 season. 

Matt Barnes tied his season high with 21 points off the bench, fellow reserve Jamal Crawford added 17 points and Chris Paul had 11 assists as the Clippers scored their sixth straight blowout victory. They haven't had a close win during the streak since Nov. 28, when they beat Minnesota by six points.

"Shows we have a lot of depth. I've probably sat out more fourth quarters this season than any of my previous seven seasons,'' Paul said. "It's a really good feeling now, a good vibe because everyone is enjoying it.''

Blake Griffin had 15 points, Caron Butler added 14 and Lamar Odom 13 rebounds to help the Clippers improve the NBA's best record to 23-6.

Los Angeles looks to extend the win streak Friday at Utah, where they had lost 16 consecutive games to the Jazz before winning the last two games in Salt Lake City.

"Some people may be impressed by the record, but we can't be,'' Paul said. "We're not measured by our regular-season wins.''

The quick start and close-out defense in the fourth quarter propelled LA to the win. Boston scored just 10 points in the final 12 minutes.

The deficit was cut to four points early in the second quarter, but the Clippers -- led by Crawford's floater and 3-pointer -- extended their lead to 60-47 at the half.

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