The Los Angeles Clippers remained one of the NBA's hottest teams with wins over the Detroit Pistons and the New Orleans Hornets early this week.
The Clippers (19-6) wrapped up a four-game road trip on Monday night, downing the Pistons by a score of 88-76. Chris Paul led the way for Los Angeles, scoring 14 points and adding seven assists, four rebounds and three steals. Five Clippers scored in double figures, including 15 points and seven rebounds from Blake Griffin and 15 points off the bench from Jamal Crawford.
Vinny Del Negro's squad made it 11 straight with a 93-77 throttling of the struggling Hornets on Wednesday night at the Staples Center. Griffin scored 18 points and Crawford continued his strong play off the bench, adding 17 points. Paul finished with 10 points and 12 assists, giving him 5,003 assists for his career.
The Lakers (12-14) won their third straight after a rough 1-6 start to the month of December, narrowly escaping with a 101-100 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats. Kobe Bryant scored 30-plus points for the seventh-consecutive game and helped the Lakers come back from an 18-point third-quarter deficit.