CHARLOTTE, NC - FEBRUARY 11: Teammates Chris Paul #3 of the Los Angeles Clippers and Blake Griffin #32 walk down the court against the Charlotte Bobcats during their game at Time Warner Cable Arena on February 11, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Clippers Vs. Bobcats: L.A. Ties Best Start In Franchise History

At 17-8, the Clippers matched the 1974-1975 Buffalo Braves for the best start in franchise history.

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NBA Standings 2012: Los Angeles Clippers, San Antonio Spurs Fight For Second Place In Western Conference

The Los Angeles Clippers continued their road romp last week with three wins in four games against the Eastern Conference, and have tied the 1974-1975 Buffalo Braves for the best start in franchise history at 17-8. They hold the second best record in the Western Conference, an eyelash above the San Antonio Spurs, who sit atop the Southwest Division after seven straight wins. Here are the updated NBA standings in the west, through games of Saturday night:

Western Conference Standings
Rank Team Record Pct GB Streak
1 Oklahoma City* 21-6 .778 --- won 1
2 LA Clippers* 17-8 .680 3 won 2
3 San Antonio* 19-9 .679 won 7
4 Dallas 17-11 .607 won 3
5 Houston 16-11 .593 5 won 3
6 Denver 16-12 .571 won 1
7 LA Lakers 15-12 .556 6 lost 1
8 Portland 15-13 .536 lost 1
9 Utah 13-12 .520 7 lost 5
10 Memphis 14-13 .519 7 won 2
11 Minnesota 13-15 .464 lost 3
12 Phoenix 12-15 .444 9 won 1
13 Golden State 9-14 .391 10 won 1
14 Sacramento 10-17 .370 11 lost 1
15 New Orleans 4-23 .148 17 lost 8
*Division leader; through games of February 11

The Clippers conclude their Grammy road trip on Monday night in Dallas before returning home Wednesday night against Washington. The Clippers host the San Antonio Spurs in a Western Conference showdown next Saturday night at Staples Center.

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NBA Scores And More: Jeremy Lin Wins Again, Spurs & Clippers Roll On, Mavericks Win In Double Overtime

The Los Angeles Clippers walloped the NBA's worst team on Saturday night with a 111-86 drubbing of the Charlotte Bobcats. It was a win the Clippers needed to keep pace with the red-hot San Antonio Spurs among the budding elite in the Western Conference. Around the NBA, Jeremy Lin continued doing his thing, the Denver Nuggets came back from the dead for a huge road win, and the Mavericks and Trail Blazers battled in a double-overtime thriller in Dallas.

Los Angeles Clippers 111, Charlotte Bobcats 86: Chris Paul had 18 points and 14 assists as the Clippers won their sixth of the last seven games on the road. The Clippers are 17-8, tying the 1974-1975 Buffalo Braves for the best start in franchise history.

New York Knicks 100, Minnesota Timberwolves 98: Jeremy Lin had five points on 1-for-13 shooting with four turnovers in the second half, but hit the go-ahead free throw with 4.9 seconds remaining to give New York their fifth straight victory. Lin ended with 20 points, eight assists, and six rebounds in the win as the Knicks overcame a seven-point deficit in the final quarter. Kevin Love continued his stellar campaign with 32 points and 21 rebounds.

San Antonio Spurs 103, New Jersey Nets 89: Tim Duncan scored 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, leading San Antonio to their seventh straight win in the third game of their nine-game Rodeo road trip. The Spurs had five players score in double figures and at 19-9 (.679) are narrowly behind the Clippers (.680) for the second-best record in the Western Conference.

Denver Nuggets 113, Indiana Pacers 109: Ty Lawson scored 27 points to lead Denver to a much-needed road win, snapping a five-game losing streak for the Nuggets. Former UCLA Bruin Arron Afflalo had 23 points and five rebounds for Denver.

Dallas Mavericks 97, Portland Trail Blazers 94 (2 OT): Delonte West scored six of his 10 points in the second overtime, leading Dallas to its third straight win and the current fourth seed in the Western Conference. Dirk Nowitzki scored 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the win, while fellow All-Star reserve LaMarcus Aldridge had 33 points and 12 rebounds in the loss for Portland.

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Clippers Vs. Bobcats Game Recap: Chris Paul, Blake Griffin Continue To Shine On Road Trip

The Los Angeles Clippers did exactly what good teams should do on Saturday night, absolutely drilling an inferior opponent. The Clippers beat the woeful Charlotte Bobcats 111-86 in a game that wasn't that close, delivering the 14th straight defeat to Charlotte. It was the sixth win in seven road games for the Clippers, who are 4-1 on their current trip. On that trip, both Chris Paul and Blake Griffin have been excellent.

Paul had 18 points and 14 assists on Saturday in Charlotte, and in the first five games of the road trip have averaged 17.8 points and 9.0 assists. Paul has 45 assists against just eight turnovers, a true shooting percentage of 54.0%, and has made 24 consecutive free throws. That these numbers are pretty much in line with Paul's numbers on the season, and in some cases worse (his true shooting percentage is 59.4% on the season, for instance), should show just how valuable the point guard has been to the Clippers' resurgence this season.

Griffin had 21 points and 10 rebounds against the Bobcats, his fifth double-double in as many games on the road trip and his 17th double-double of the season. On the trip, Griffin has averaged 20.2 points and 11.4 rebounds per game with a 56.1% true shooting percentage. After opening the trip with a 1-for-7 game from the charity stripe in Washington that dropped his free throw percentage on the season to 48.0%, Griffin has made 22 of 27 free throws (81.5%) in his last four games.

The Clippers close out their road trip Monday night in Dallas, and if Paul and Griffin continue to excel, expect another win for Los Angeles.

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Los Angeles Clippers Tie Buffalo Braves For Best Start In Franchise History

The Los Angeles Clippers headed out on their Grammy road trip knowing their six games away from home would be a tough test. So far, the Clips have passed with flying colors with four wins in five games, the latest a 111-86 drubbing of the Charlotte Bobcats on Saturday night. The win put the Clippers at 17-8, which tied a 37-year old record for the best start in franchise history.

Clippers Over .500 After 25 Games, Franchise History
Year Location 25 Games Final Record Playoffs
2011-2012 Los Angeles 17-8 TBD TBD
1974-1975 Buffalo 17-8 49-33 Yes
2005-2006 Los Angeles 15-10 47-35 Yes
1991-1992 Los Angeles 14-11 45-37 Yes
1992-1993 Los Angeles 14-11 41-41 Yes
2001-2002 Los Angeles 14-11 39-43 No
1975-1976 Buffalo 13-12 46-36 Yes
Source: Basketball-Reference.com

That 1974-1975 Buffalo Braves team began their season 17-8, then won their next four games to begin 21-8. They were led by a 23-year old Bob McAdoo, at the peak of his powers in a season in which he would average 34.5 points and 14.1 rebounds per game and be named the NBA Most Valuable Player. McAdoo in 1975 became the first Buffalo Brave to start an All-Star game, while this Clippers team features Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, the first two All-Star starters for the franchise since the move to Los Angeles in 1984.

The 1974-1975 Braves won 49 games that year, the most ever in franchise history. To top that .598 winning percentage in this lockout-shortened 66-game season, the Clippers would need to win at least 40 games. That would mean a 23-18 finish to the year, which dare I say sounds like a given for the Clippers.

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Clippers Vs. Bobcats Final Score: Chris Paul, Blake Griffin Lead L.A. To 111-86 Blowout Win

Chris Paul had 18 points and 14 assists to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a 111-86 blowout win over the Charlotte Bobcats on Saturday night, their sixth road victory in their last seven contests. With the win, the Clippers (17-8) matched the 1974-1975 Buffalo Braves for the best start in franchise history.

Blake Griffin added 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Clippers, and DeAndre Jordan chipped in with 11 points, 12 boards, and two blocks for Los Angeles, who shot 52.6% from the field during the game. The Clippers led by 18 points and halftime and stretched that lead to 32 at the end of the third quarter.

Charlotte was just what the doctor ordered for the Clippers, who were playing on the second night of a back-to-back set. Griffin was the only starter to play 30 minutes, and he only spent 30:50 on the court, the third-fewest minutes he has played in a game this season.

Kemba Walker scored 19 points to lead the Bobcats (3-24), who lost their 14th consecutive game and suffered their 20th defeat in their last 21 games. The Bobcats shot just 35.1% from the field, and were outrebounded 48-32 by Los Angeles. The Clippers have beaten the Bobcats three straight times.

Kenyon Martin had seven points and three rebounds in 16 minutes of play in his third game as a Clipper.

The Clippers are 4-1 in the first five games of their six-game Grammy road trip, which concludes Monday night in Dallas against the defending champion Mavericks.

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Clippers Vs. Bobcats Game Score: Chris Paul Leads L.A. To 55-37 Halftime Advantage

Chris Paul scored 12 points and had eight assists in the first half, leading the Los Angeles Clippers to a 55-37 halftime lead over the Charlotte Bobcats at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Clippers shot a blistering 55.3% (21 for 38) in the first half.

Randy Foye added 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting for the Clippers, who have won six of their last seven road contests. DeAndre Jordan had six rebounds and two blocked shots in 13 minutes to go with his four points, as the Clippers outrebounded the Bobcats 24-14 in the opening 24 minutes.

Blake Griffin added eight points and five rebounds for Los Angeles.

Former Clipper Corey Maggette and rookie Kemba Walker each scored nine points in the first half to lead Charlotte, who shot just 32.5% from the field (13 for 40) in the first half and missed all five of their three-point attempts. The Bobcats have lost 13 straight games and 19 of their last 20 contests.

For more news and information on Clippers basketball, be sure to read Clips Nation.

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Clippers Vs. Bobcats Game Time, TV Info And More

Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, and the Los Angeles Clippers continue their road trip on Saturday night, facing the Charlotte Bobcats. Here are the relevant details of Saturday's contest.

Records: Clippers (16-8); Charlotte (3-23)

Location: Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina

Time: 4 p.m. PST

TV: Prime Ticket, with Ralph Lawler and Michael Smith on the call.

Offensive Efficiency: Clippers, 107.8 points per 100 possessions (fourth in NBA); Bobcats, 93.7 (30th)

Defensive Efficiency: Clippers, 105.8 (24th); Bobcats, 109.1 (29th)

Home vs. Road: The Clippers are 6-5 on the road, and Charlotte is 2-9 at home this season.

Comeback Kiings: The Clippers' win on Friday night in Philadelphia came after the 76ers led by 12 points in the first half. The Clippers have four road wins since January 29 in which they were down 10 points, matching their total from the four previous seasons combined.

No Shooting, No Problem: Friday night in Philadelphia, the Clippers shot 38.8% from the field, their second-worst mark of the season. It was their first win when shooting under 40% since December 5, 2009.

Going Streaking: The Bobcats have lost 13 straight games and 19 of their last 20 contests.

Franchise Best: At 16-8, the Clippers have the second best record in the Western Conference. If they beat Charlotte on Saturday, the Clippers at 17-8 will match the 1974-1975 Buffalo Braves for the best record in franchise history after 25 games.

For more news and information on Clippers basketball, be sure to read Clips Nation.

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Clippers Vs. Bobcats: L.A. Battles Worst Team In NBA

The Clippers have won five of their last six road games.

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