Chris Paul scored 17 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter after banging his left knee early in the game and the Los Angeles Clippers held off the Brooklyn Nets 101-95 on Saturday night in a matchup of playoff-bound teams.
Paul made 12 of 13 free throws and had 11 assists, Willie Green added 15 points, DeAndre Jordan had 13 points and 12 rebounds, and Blake Griffin scored 11 points for the Clippers, who improved to 28-8 at home and won their second in a row.
It was their franchise-record 10th consecutive victory against an Eastern Conference team.
The Nets were led by Brook Lopez and Deron Williams with 18 points each. Gerald Wallace and Joe Johnson added 15 points each and ex-Clipper Reggie Evans had 16 rebounds.
The Clippers got a scare in the first quarter when Paul bumped his left knee with Keith Bogans and briefly left the game. A similar thing happened to Paul in January when he ended up with a bruised right kneecap after colliding with J.J. Redick and missed games.