Jamal Crawford led a balanced attack with 15 of his season-high 30 points in the fourth quarter and the visiting Clippers shot past the Houston Rockets 117-109 on Tuesday night.
The Clippers improved to 11-1 with Crawford at the helm, who made 11-of-20 shots, including five three-pointers in the win.
Eric Bledsoe, filling in for Paul, collected a season-best 19 points along with seven rebounds and five assists for the Clippers (30-9), who moved one-half game behind idle Oklahoma City for the best record in the league following their 22nd win in the last 25 outings.
Brook Lopez scored 22 points, Joe Johnson and Deron Williams added 21 apiece as the surging Brooklyn Nets rolled to their season-high seventh straight win after trimming the visiting Toronto Raptors (113-106). Dwight Howard powered for 31 points with 16 rebounds, Kobe Bryant also scored 31 and the LA Lakers bounced the visiting Milwaukee Bucks for their second straight win(104-88).DPA