Originally posted on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 1/10/13
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 may lose and play the way you wanted to play. I think tonight we'll take the win, but we know we can be better." The Clippers had to rely on Paul again to save them. The point guard finished with 19 points, a season-high 16 assists, five rebounds and two steals. Since 2010, Paul and Steve Nash, then with the Phoenix Suns, are the only players to register that line or better. Paul made two free throws in the last four seconds to secure the win, but help also came from Caron Butler, who got two offensive rebounds in the final 1 minute, 9 seconds, and Blake Griffin, who scored five consecutive points down the stretch. Winning ugly didn't sit well with the players afterward. "You know you want to get rid of bad habits and continue to play good basketball," said reserve guard Jamal Crawford, who returned after missing two games with a sore left foot. "We played good basketball in stretches, but there were a lot of stretches we didn't." Perhaps it says a lot about the Clippers that they weren't satisfied simply with winning. In their lean years, they would have been happy with an impressive comeback after falling behind by 10. But now they expect to win, and they want to do it convincingly. They have a 20-2 record over the past six weeks, and they seem unbeatable inside Staples Center. But 21 turnovers can be a downer. "It's always great to come out with a win," Griffin said, "but you don't want to have lapses like this. We had three days off, so we should have been the team coming out with fresh legs. At the end of the day, a win is a win and we'll take it." So will Del Negro, who reached his 100th win as Clippers coach in 184 games. That's the fastest of any previous coach in team history. Jack Ramsay needed 223 games to win his 100th game, but that was when the team was the Buffalo Braves. Impressive, no? Not really. "I look at the bigger picture than that," Del Negro said.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Enrique Hernandez ties record with three home runs in Game 5

Marshawn Lynch ejected for shoving referee

WATCH: Kristaps Porzingis denies Carmelo Anthony at rim

Aaron Rodgers undergoes surgery to repair broken collarbone

Groundbreaking for Raiders' new Las Vegas stadium set for next month

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Redskins' Jay Gruden throws tremendous praise Carson Wentz's way

Tigers to hire Ron Gardenhire as manager

Former Cowboys exec: Dak Prescott won't ever be as good as Carson Wentz

Jameis Winston will be full participant in Friday's practice

Tennessee grocery store calls for Butch Jones' firing with amazing cake

Giants owner: McAdoo was not pressured to give up play-calling

Three Up, Three Down: Dodgers finish Cubs while Astros find pain in the Bronx

The 'Some call me the Rocket, some people call me Maurice' quiz

Kyrie Irving must lead Celtics through a disaster in search for happiness

Jacoby Brissett: The forgotten up-and-comer

NFL Week 7 Predictions

The 'Can I have a quick sword with you?' quiz

College football 2017 Week 8 predictions

NFL Referee Hotline Bling: Austin Seferian-Jenkins drops a call

Blackhawks get extra depth on defense with newbies Rutta and Forsling

The 'Old faces in new places' quiz

Nikola Jokic: A throwback superstar for the modern era

25 questions heading into the 2017-18 NBA season

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Three Up, Three Down: Dodgers finish Cubs while Astros find pain in the Bronx

The 'Some call me the Rocket, some people call me Maurice' quiz

Kyrie Irving must lead Celtics through a disaster in search for happiness

Jacoby Brissett: The forgotten up-and-comer

NFL Week 7 Predictions

College football 2017 Week 8 predictions

The 'Can I have a quick sword with you?' quiz

NFL Referee Hotline Bling: Austin Seferian-Jenkins drops a call

Blackhawks get extra depth on defense with Rutta and Forsling

The 'Old faces in new places' quiz

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker