A lengthy stay at home appeared to provide just what the Los Angeles Clippers needed to end their struggles on the court and put aside any distractions off it.
The Clippers, though, will be on the road for much of the rest of the season starting Monday night against the Dallas Mavericks, winners of 10 in a row at home in the series.
Los Angeles entered its five-game homestand after getting swept during a three-games-in-three-days road stretch and having lost 12 of 19 overall following a 19-9 start. That miserable trip led to questions about coach Vinny Del Negro's job security, but he received a vote of confidence from owner Donald Sterling during the stay at the Staples Center.
The franchise's first five-game win streak since November 2006 certainly helped, as Los Angeles (31-21) finished its perfect homestand by beating Utah 105-96 on Saturday.
"It ain't a huge milestone," said guard Chris Paul, who had a team-high 26 points. "You've got to strive for more than that. Every win...