Los Angeles Clippers: Magic Johnson

Clippers keep streak in perspective

December, 26, 2012
12/26/12
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LOS ANGELES -- There was a time when the Los Angeles Clippers cared about their current 14-game winning streak. It wasn't necessarily a goal they had set out to achieve before the season started but once they discovered they were within striking distance of the franchise record, which was 12, they wanted to break it.

Lamar Odom, who remembered what it was like to win 15 games his entire rookie season as a Clipper, wanted to break the record. Chris Paul, who has made it his goal to re-write the Clippers record book after he arrived in Los Angeles last year, wanted to break the record. Shoot, even maligned Clippers owner Donald Sterling, who made a rare visit to the locker room after they won 12 straight, wanted to break the record.

After the record was finally broken, however, the Clippers stopped talking about the streak and went about their business. They have since extended the streak by two games and will go for 15 straight on Thursday night against the Boston Celtics but there will be no celebrations if they reach the mark.

After the Clippers' 14th straight win, Paul, as he has done many times before, put the streak in perspective and reminded everyone that it really meant nothing in relation to the Clippers' ultimate goal, which is to win a championship.

"I was in the Western Conference [in 2008] when Houston won 22 in a row," Paul said. "And they only moved up two spots because the West was so deep that year."

Paul has brought up that streak a few times before when talking to his teammates. Blake Griffin even knew the number of consecutive games Houston had won that year when he was asked.

The 2007-08 Houston Rockets team that won 22 straight, the second longest in NBA history behind the Los Angeles Lakers' 33 straight in 1971-72, not only got their streak snapped at home by the Celtics but ended up being eliminated in the first round of the playoffs.

That's not the kind of end to the season Paul wants the Clippers to have. Streaks are nice but, all jokes aside, the Clippers aren't going to be hanging any banner for winning 15 or 16 straight games.

"We can't get caught up in the streak," Clippers center DeAndre Jordan said. "You can't get 20 until you get whatever number we're on now. We just have to play."

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Blake Griffin
PTS AST STL MIN
23.2 4.4 0.7 35.0
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsD. Jordan 13.2
AssistsC. Paul 9.9
StealsC. Paul 1.9
BlocksD. Jordan 2.4