Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/17/12
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Jamal Crawford and Blake Griffin had 15 points apiece as the Los Angeles Clippers stretched their winning streak to 10 games with an 88-76 victory over the Detroit Pistons at The Palace Monday night. Chris Paul added 14 points and Caron Butler chipped in 11. The streak is the longest since the franchise moved to Los Angeles. The Clippers can match the Buffalo Braves' franchise-record 11-game winning streak with a home victory over New Orleans Wednesday. Brandon Knight scored 16 points and Tayshaun Prince had 15, but the Pistons (7-20) lost for the fifth consecutive time. The Clippers (18-6), off to their best start in franchise history, were averaging 106.4 points on 49 percent shooting during the first nine games of the streak while holding teams to 91.1 points on 42 percent shooting. They shot 44.9 percent Monday but held the Pistons to 40.8 percent shooting. Butler scored five points during a 12-2 third-quarter run, giving the Clippers a 58-46 lead. He started it off with a 3-pointer, and Paul, the league leader in steals, then stripped Greg Monroe and made a layup. A Willie Green 3-pointer and a Butler layup finished it off. Detroit then turned up its defense and crept to within 63-60 as Los Angeles missed its last nine shots of the quarter. The Clippers steadied themselves by making their first three shots of the fourth quarter, including two by Crawford. Two layups by Matt Barnes (10 points) and an inside basket by Ronny Turiaf extended the Clippers' advantage to 75-64. The Pistons hung around, but Griffin dunked twice in the final minute to end all suspense. NOTES: Detroit sixth man Rodney Stuckey, the team's fourth-leading scorer at 11.7 points per game, was sidelined by back spasms. He had missed just one other game this season. ... The Clippers defeated the Pistons in their previous two meetings at The Palace after Detroit had won 23 of 25 home games against them. ... Los Angeles guard and ex-Piston Chauncey Billups remained sidelined with tendinitis in his left foot. Billups has appeared in just three games this season. ... Griffin (58) and frontcourt partner DeAndre Jordan (50) entered the game ranked fourth and fifth on the NBA dunk list behind JaVale McGee (68), Dwight Howard (59) and Tyson Chandler (59). ...The Pistons have played the most games in the league. ... Green, a Detroit native, averaged 12.3 points in his previous 12 trips to The Palace. ... Charlie Villanueva (plus 24) and Andre Drummond (plus 20) were the only Pistons rotation players to have positive plus-minus ratings through the first 26 games.
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