Chris Paul had 20 points and eight assists, Caron Butler added 14 points, and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the injury-depleted New York Knicks 93-80 Sunday in a meeting of division leaders.
Blake Griffin had 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Clippers, who steadily pulled away in the second half of their first home win over New York since February 2009.
J.R. Smith scored 17 points and Raymond Felton had 16 for the Knicks, who played without All-Stars Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler in their fourth straight blowout loss on a five-game trip.
New York's Atlantic Division lead over Brooklyn dwindled to a half-game heading into the Nets' home game against Atlanta later Sunday.
Jamal Crawford and Chauncey Billups each scored 12 points for the Clippers, who went up by 19 points in the fourth quarter and comfortably weathered New York's final run to wrap up Los Angeles coach Vinny Del Negro's 200th career victory.
With four straight double-digit losses on its five-game West Coast tr...