Originally written on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 11/13/14

SHOT 4/29/09 10:33:31 PM - New Orleans Hornets' point guard Chris Paul (#3) pushes the ball up court against the Denver Nuggets during their NBA Western Conference Playoffs Game 5 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Co. on Wednesday April 29, 2009. The Nuggets won the 107-86 and took the series 4-1. Photo via Newscom Photo via Newscom

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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...
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