Clippers hold off upset-minded Wizards 94-87

Clippers hold off upset-minded Wizards 94-87
January 20, 2013, 1:13 am
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New Jersey Devils' Jacob Josefson (16) falls to the ice to drive the puck away from New York Islanders' Frans Nielsen (51) in the first period of an NHL hockey game on Saturday Jan., 19, 2013 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)


LOS ANGELES (AP) Chris Paul had 22 points and 11 assists, Blake Griffin added 17 points and 11 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Clippers hung on to beat the pesky Washington Wizards 94-87 on Saturday night.

Coming off a sweep of their three-game road trip through Memphis, Houston and Minnesota, the Clippers improved their home record to 19-4. The win was their fourth in a row since the 104-101 loss to Orlando on Jan. 12 that ended their franchise-record, 13-game home winning streak.

The Clippers won despite shooting a season-low 36.6 percent from the field. Paul, the NBA player of the month for December, returned to the lineup after missing three games because of a bruised right kneecap and scored seven points in the final 3:14.