LOS ANGELES -- The occasion of their 13th consecutive home victory, and Vinny Del Negro's 100th win as Clippers coach, was apparently no reason to celebrate.
Del Negro wasn't happy. His players weren't happy. Any win is a good win, but the way the Clippers slogged through their 99-93 win over the Dallas Mavericks left everyone feeling empty.
"We got the job done," Del Negro said. "It wasn't a very productive game. I didn't think we played particularly well."
When you're the team with the best record in the NBA and you've lost only two games since Nov. 28, you can afford to be picky. The Clippers made 21 turnovers and let a five-point lead in the third quarter dissolve into a 10-point deficit against a Mavs team that came in with just a 5-15 road record.
The fact the Clippers went on a 27-10 run to regain control of the game didn't seem to matter much.
"At the end of the day, you want to win," Chris Paul said. "That's the goal. But you want to win the right way. Sometimes you ma...