Paul helps lift Clippers past Bobcats 100-94

Paul helps lift Clippers past Bobcats 100-94
December 12, 2012, 10:17 pm
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Los Angeles Clippers' Blake Griffin (32) reacts after dunking as Charlotte Bobcats' Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (14) look on during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Chris Paul had 19 points and 10 assists as the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Charlotte Bobcats 100-94 Wednesday night for their eighth straight win.

Blake Griffin and Matt Barnes also scored 19 points for the Clippers, who maintained sole possession of first place in the Pacific Division.

Byron Mullens had 19 points and eight rebounds and Kemba Walker chipped in with 17 points to lead the stumbling Bobcats, who have lost nine straight since starting the season 7-5.

The Bobcats trailed 78-71 entering the fourth quarter and got as close as three before Barnes scored on a fast break dunk off an alley-oop pass from Jamal Crawford. Barnes followed up by knocking down a 3-pointer from the corner on the next possession to push the lead back to eight.