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Clippers show quiet focus in preparation for road trip

The Los Angeles Clippers have been impressive through 20 games in the 2012-13 season, and their goal now is to avoid another rough road trip. Their remedy? Follow the oldest cliche in the book.

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The Los Angeles Clippers fell into a trap of sorts when they last took to the road in November, but this time around, they're vowing not to do it again.

When L.A. defeated the San Antonio Spurs, lost to the Oklahoma City Thunder two nights later and then gave up late late leads in losses to the Brooklyn Nets and Atlanta Hawks, the Clips knew they got ahead of themselves. This time around, they'll do what every pro sports team ever has said and take things one game at a time.

"I think we all (learned something). Definitely," said Jamal Crawford, the Clippers' top scorer and leader of the team's bench mob. "You can't take anything for granted. We started off the trip with a great win in San Antonio and we dropped three in a row. We'll take it one at a time and go from there."

The Clippers will look to continue their torrid pace that has them in the midst of a six-game winning streak. They'll travel to the Midwest and Southeast in a back-to-back against the Chicago Bulls and Charlotte Bobcats before heading back up north to face the Milwaukee Bucks and Detroit Pistons.

The Clippers are currently 14-6 and would attain a season-high in consecutive wins with a victory at Chicago.