LOS ANGELES -- There is another closer in Los Angeles. He, too, resides at Staples Center.
He's not the guy that wears No. 24 in the Purple & Gold, instead this guy goes by the nickname of CP3.
Friday night when the Clippers hosted the Blazers, Chris Paul was up to his old tricks.
Trailing 97-96 with 13 seconds left in the game, Paul was picked up on a switch by the Blazers' J.J. Hickson. He spread the floor, blew past the defender, in true CP3 fashion, and leaned in with a right hand layup that kissed off the glass as the Clippers point guard tumbled to the ground, giving his team a 98-97 lead with just five seconds remaining.
The Blazers had a chance but Wes Matthews' layup attempt was short as time expired and the Clippers escaped with their fourth consecutive win, 98-97.
Paul was once again the hero, in a position he's been in since he entered the league in 2005.
"I'm used to it," said Paul, who finished with 20 points and 14 assists. "I've done this (before). It...