Refresh  
  Page last updated on Sun May 29 03:45:08 EDT 2016
TOP NEWS
CLIPPERS CLOSE DECEMBER UNBEATEN
Thu, 03 Jan 2013 10:21 AM EST

Having wrapped up December with just the third 16-0 month in NBA history, the L.A Clippers face tough challenges starting the New Year.

They play 4 games this week, with 2 opponents having winning records and the other at .500. The Los Angeles Clippers take their franchise-record 17-game lucky run into Denver, where the Nuggets are 9-1 at home.

”It’ll be a big test for us,” Blake Griffin said.

Denver is the 1st game of a back-to-back, with a visit to Golden State. The Warriors gave the Clippers their 1st loss of the season on November 3. The Clippers come home to host the Los Angeles Lakers, a team they’ve already beaten once and who are back to .500. Then comes the 2nd game of another back-to-back against the Warriors.

”We’re going to lose at some point, but this is a magical run,” expounded Caron Butler, who had 29 points in a 107-96 victory over the Utah Jazz that maintained the league’s best record at 25-6.

The Clippers haven’t lost since November 26.

They have proved they can win on successive nights during the streak, having done so on December 8 against Phoenix Suns and the following night against Toronto Raptors, then again on December 11 at Chicago and the following night in Milwaukee.

”We’re just trying to build as many wins as possible,” Chris Paul said. ”Last week was a hard week (wins over Denver, Boston and Utah twice). We don’t look past anybody.”

The L.A Clippers went 16-0 in December to join the 1995-96 San Antonio Spurs, which included Del Negro, and 1971-72 Lakers as the sole teams to go undefeated in a month. Their franchise-record lucky run is the longest since Boston won 19 in a row 4 years back.

”I am amazed because I haven’t done it since I’ve been in the league,” said Paul, a 7-year veteran who had 19 points and 9 assists against Utah. Basketball lines

The Clippers kept their streak alive despite Griffin scoring just 7 points due to foul trouble. Their bench came thru again, with Jamal Crawford scoring 11 of his 19 points in 4th quarter.

Butler sat in the 4th quarter after playing ”out of his mind” as Griffin put it in the opening quarter, when the veteran scored 17 points and hit 5 of his 6 3-pointers.

”It’s a tribute to everyone in here,” Griffin said. ”Everybody has been a big part one night or the other. It is a selfless attitude the team has taken on. This is the most fun I’ve ever had playing basketball.”

The Clippers have been winning without injured veterans Chauncey Billups and Grant Hill.

”We really haven’t had a chance to see what it’s like,” Paul recounted of the entire team.

Still, they’ve won 11 of their 17 games by 12 points or more, and their defense has allowed 100 points just 3 times during the streak. They’ve been winning so handily that Paul and Griffin seldom have to play in the 4th quarter. Both are averaging career low minutes in the last period this season.


Sponsored Links

Download Printable Schedules
Now you can download and print schedules for each sport so you can plan ahead and track your results.
UPDATED:
PRINTABLE BRACKETS - UPDATED AFTER EVERY ROUND
BASEBALL 4/3/2016 - 6/4/2016
BASKETBALL 3/8/2016 - 4/12/2016
HOCKEY 3/8/2016 - 4/9/2016
TOP TEN WAGERS
RK Team
1
Boston Red Sox
2
Washington Nationals
3
Baltimore Orioles
4
Chicago White Sox
5
Kansas City Royals
05/29/2016
ATP - Roland Garros, Paris, FranceRAONIC, MILOS vs. RAMOS VINOLAS, ALBERT02:00 AM PST
ATP - Roland Garros, Paris, France, DoublesBAKER B / DANIELL M vs. BOPANNA R / MERGEA F02:00 AM PST
WTA - Roland Garros, Paris, FranceKUZNETSOVA, SVETLANA vs. MUGURUZA, GARBINE02:00 AM PST
WTA - Roland Garros, Paris, France, DoublesKRUNIC A / LUCIC-BARONI M vs. XU Y F / ZHENG S02:00 AM PST
WTA - Roland Garros, Paris, France, DoublesGOERGES J / PLISKOVA K vs. MAKAROVA E / VESNINA E02:00 AM PST
WTA - Roland Garros, Paris, France, DoublesKLEPAC A / SREBOTNIK K vs. HLAVACKOVA A / HRADECKA L02:00 AM PST
ATP - Roland Garros, Paris, FranceTROICKI, VIKTOR vs. WAWRINKA, STAN03:15 AM PST
ATP - Roland Garros, Paris, France, DoublesBRYAN B / BRYAN M vs. STEPANEK R / ZIMONJIC N03:15 AM PST
WTA - Roland Garros, Paris, France, DoublesCHAN H-C / CHAN Y-J vs. BRENGLE M / MARIA T03:15 AM PST
ATP - Roland Garros, Paris, France, DoublesMATKOWSKI M / PAES L vs. MURRAY J / SOARES B03:30 AM PST
ATP - Roland Garros, Paris, France, DoublesNESTOR D / QURESHI A-U-H vs. CUEVAS P / GRANOLLERS M03:30 AM PST
WTA - Roland Garros, Paris, FranceBEGU, IRINA-CAMELIA vs. ROGERS, SHELBY03:30 AM PST
WTA - Roland Garros, Paris, France, DoublesGASPARYAN M / KUZNETSOVA S vs. BABOS T / SHVEDOVA Y04:30 AM PST
ATP - Roland Garros, Paris, FranceNISHIKORI, KEI vs. GASQUET, RICHARD04:45 AM PST
ATP - Roland Garros, Paris, FranceISNER, JOHN vs. MURRAY, ANDY04:45 AM PST
ATP - Roland Garros, Paris, France, DoublesHUEY T / MIRNYI M vs. BENNETEAU J / ROGER-VASSELIN E04:45 AM PST
WTA - Roland Garros, Paris, France, DoublesGARCIA C / MLADENOVIC K vs. JOHANSSON M / PARMENTIER P05:00 AM PST
WTA - Roland Garros, Paris, FranceHALEP, SIMONA vs. STOSUR, SAMANTHA06:15 AM PST
WTA - Roland Garros, Paris, FrancePIRONKOVA, TSVETANA vs. RADWANSKA, AGNIESZKA06:15 AM PST
WTA - Roland Garros, Paris, France, DoublesHINGIS M / MIRZA S vs. KREJCIKOVA B / SINIAKOVA K06:15 AM PST

x