The Los Angeles Clippers (22-6) will look to extend their franchise-best winning streak to 15 games when they take on the Boston Celtics (14-13) at the Staples Center on Thursday night.
While superstars Chris Paul and Blake Griffith have been given the brunt of the credit for the Clippers' success, the team's performance off the bench has also been a key component to its winning ways.
Los Angeles now sports the NBA's best record after prevailing against the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday via 112-100 score. Although the Celtics have kept Paul at bay the last few times they've faced him, he has indeed been one of the main keys to the Clippers' turnaround since his acquisition from the New Orleans Hornets last season.
"This is fool's gold. You don't play for the regular season. Obviously you want to build something," Paul told ESPN.
While Paul has racked up 20 assists in the last two times he's faced Boston, he's also shooting a mere 3 for 21 during that span. Luckily for the star, he has a cast of high-quality reserves that are averaging an NBA-leading 42.7 points per game.
With already one sixth man of the year award under his belt, Jamal Crawford is making a run at No. 2, as he put up 22 points for the second consecutive game on Tuesday. The Clippers improved to 10-2 when he racks up 20 points or more.
"It's about getting better and better. We're just trying to stay locked in and focused," Crawford said.
The 64 points that the Los Angeles reserves had was the most the team has compiled since the 78 they put up in a defeat to the Los Angeles Lakers on Dec. 30, 2000.
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