The Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Golden State Warriors 111-98 behind Blake Griffin's 30 points and 15 rebounds, extending their winning streak to nine games.
In a clash of Pacific Division rivals Wednesday night at Staples Center in Los Angeles, the Clippers trailed by two at halftime but gradually pulled away over the final two quarters.
Strong defense and superior firepower off the bench gave the Clippers the slight edge over the Warriors, who were held to just 44 percent shooting from the field and got just 20 points from their reserves.
The Clippers, meanwhile, shot 49 percent from the field and sank eight 3-pointers, equaling the number of shots Golden State made from behind the arc.
Los Angeles also got 33 points from their reserves, including 18 from Danny Granger and 13 from Willie Green.
The Clippers also had the slight edge in the rebounding department, grabbing 11 offensive rebounds to the Warriors' six.
Star point guard Chris Paul played a key role in the victory, scoring 16 points, handing out 12 assists and committing just two turnovers in 38 minutes of play.
Klay Thompson led the way for the Warriors with 26 points on 10-of-19 shooting, but the Clippers were able to keep his "splash brother" in check, holding sharp-shooting point guard Stephen Curry to just 13 points.
Power forward David Lee pitched in with 20 points for the Warriors and Andre Iguodala added 13 in a losing effort.
In other action around the NBA on Wednesday night, the New York Knicks defeated the Boston Celtics 116-92 for their fifth straight win, the Brooklyn Nets stunned the Miami Heat 96-95, the Denver Nuggets defeated the Orlando Magic 120-112, the Sacramento Kings topped the lowly Philadelphia 76ers 115-98, and the Charlotte Bobcats cruised past the Washington Wizards 98-85.
The Toronto Raptors eased past the Detroit Pistons 101-87, the Memphis Grizzlies edged the New Orleans Pelicans 90-88, the Dallas Mavericks topped the Utah Jazz 108-101, the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 103-90, and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the struggling Phoenix Suns 110-101. EFE