LOS ANGELES The fast breaks, lob passes and high-flying dunks are all part of what makes the Clippers go, but as Chris Paul likes to say, it starts with defense.
"We have to let our defense dictate our offense," the Clippers guard said Tuesday night. "When we make stops, we're tough in transition."
They proved their point in a 106-84 rout of the Charlotte Bobcats at Staples Center, and it's one area that will serve them well at playoff time. Forcing turnovers and blocking shots, then converting them at the offensive end, all will be important down the stretch and into the postseason.
Defense wins games, but the Clippers' 41st victory wasn't without a bountiful supply of glitz. They had 13 slam dunks, including seven by Blake Griffin and five more by center DeAndre Jordan that were nothing short of spectacular.
But that's what the Clippers do when they're at their best.
It began with 3:51 left in the second quarter when Griffin dunked after taking a behind-the-back pass from Cha...