On the final night of their perfect road trip, the Clippers should have had an easier time against the Detroit Pistons. But as they've shown so often this season, playing good defense at critical times can often bail them out.
They needed it. The Clippers held the Pistons to 16 points in the fourth quarter, won the game 88-76 and picked up their 10th consecutive victory.
For the most part, the Clippers had to grind out the game, but they converted their shots down the stretch -- including two dazzling dunks by Blake Griffin -- and made some impressive defensive stops.
"It would have been easy for us to come in here and let our guard down and let those guys beat us," guard Chris Paul said. "But we stayed focused. It wasn't easy, but a win is a win."
The Clippers return home with the first 4-0 road trip in franchise history and need one more win to tie the franchise record of 11 consecutive victories set by the 1974-75 Buffalo Braves. They can do that ...