The winning streak for the LA Clippers seems to have no ending. The 12-game winning streak was extended to 16 during this past week, when the team won each and every game it played. They have now broken by far the franchise history record for the most wins in a row, previously hold by the Buffalo Braves during the 1974-75 season.
The Clippers broke out against the Suns at Phoenix to record their 13th straight, 103-77 was the final score. Griffin and Paul led the team with 23 and 17 points respectively and also got a great help form reserve sixth man Jamal Crawford who finished with 22.
The next victim for the surging Clippers was the Denver Nuggets. Jamal Crawford once again had a great output with 22 points to go along with 8 rebounds off the bench and Matt Barnes provided a huge burst off the bench with 20 points. Barnes has proven to be a great off-season acquisition for this Clippers team and is utilized the best way possible by Head Coach Vinnie Del Negro. The whole bench performed well at this game, as it does most of the times this season.
The winning flow continued for the 15th consecutive time for LA on Thursday night. This time it was the Celtics who got hit and smashed by the razing Clippers who beat the Celtics by 29 points, 77-109. Matt Barnes tied his season-high with 21 points off the bench, while fellow reserve Jamal Crawford finished the game with 17. The more the Clippers win the more it’s clearly shown that the team possesses a roster with great depth and with a tremendous chemistry between the starters and the bench. Of course, Coach Vinnie Del Negro has found the secret recipe on how to utilize all the ingredients the best way and that’s how the team manages to stay red hot for all those games until now this season.
Last game of the week came against the Utah Jazz. It was a really close game with a dramatic finish, but the Clips managed to get away with a close win, 116-114. It is very important for any team to win all games, including tough and close ones and even when they are not attaining their best performance. That was the story on Friday night at the Energy Solutions Arena, when the Jazz throttled their way to a 36 point second quarter, while holding LA down to just 19. The deficit got up to 16 points for Utah, but Chris Paul came up big, scoring all of the last seven points for his team, including some clutch free throws to give his team the win.
The Clippers will finish the year facing again the Utah Jazz, this time at the Staples Center and then start the next year with the best omens. First game of 2013 comes on Tuesday the 1st against the Nuggets on the road. The Clippers then continue their road trip and on Wednesday they face the Golden State Warriors. Last two games for the first week of 2013 are against the LA Lakers and then again the Golden State Warriors, both of them at home.