Clippers drop Kings for 12th straight win

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Updated: December 22, 2012

The Clippers have always played second fiddle in Los Angeles.

But so far, not this season.

Chris Paul tallied 24 points, 13 assists and five steals and the Clippers recorded their franchise-record 12th straight win with a 97-85 triumph over the Sacramento Kings.

Blake Griffin added 21 points and 13 rebounds for Los Angeles, which broke the franchise mark of the 1974-75 Buffalo Braves.

The Clippers’ average margin of victory during the stretch is 14.8 points. During the same span, the Lakers have won just five games.

Jimmer Fredette netted 16 points off the bench to lead the Kings, who have dropped six of their last seven contests.

Jason Thompson’s layup four minutes into the opening frame gave Sacramento an 11-9 edge, but the Clippers closed the quarter on a 20-10 run, which was capped when Paul nailed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Los Angeles’ margin swelled to as many as 16 in the second before it took a 53-39 advantage into the break.

The Clippers led, 73-62, after three and Sacramento never cut the deficit below seven in the fourth.