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Paul's 29 points help Clippers beat Nets 101-95

Sunday - 3/24/2013, 2:36am  ET

Brooklyn Nets forward Reggie Evans, right, pressures Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan during the first half of their NBA basketball game, Saturday, March 23, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

BETH HARRIS
AP Sports Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- After going 4-4 in their previous eight games, the Los Angeles Clippers were looking to set a tone for themselves before heading out on their last big road trip before the playoffs.

Chris Paul made sure it started with him.

The All-Star guard scored 17 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter after banging his left knee early in the game and the Clippers held off the Brooklyn Nets 101-95 on Saturday night in a matchup of playoff-bound teams.

"A lot of these games we've been letting get away from us," Paul said. "Tonight we found a way to get stops when we needed and we got some big buckets when we needed them.

Paul made 12 of 13 free throws and had 11 assists while going against Deron Williams. Willie Green added 15 points, DeAndre Jordan had 13 points and 12 rebounds, and Blake Griffin scored 11 points for the Clippers, who improved to 28-8 at home and won their second in a row.

It was their franchise-record 10th consecutive victory against an Eastern Conference team.

"We played the best in the biggest moments," Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said.

The Nets were led by Brook Lopez and Williams with 18 points each. Gerald Wallace and Joe Johnson added 15 points each and ex-Clipper Reggie Evans had 16 rebounds while holding down Griffin's numbers.

"It's tough because we did so well for 3
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