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Clippers use warming trend in fourth quarter to beat Warriors
Clippers use warming trend in fourth quarter to beat Warriors

All the Clippers wanted for Christmas in the first quarter Thursday was to make a shot. They missed 16 consecutive attempts during one stretch at Staples Center, their futility taking Coach Doc Rivers' oft-repeated contention that the NBA is a make-miss league to a new extreme. They would prove the other half of that catchphrase in the fourth quarter. A hot shooting stretch carried the Clippers to a 100-86 runaway victory over the Golden State Warriors that qualified as their best triumph of the season. Chris Paul and Blake Griffin shrugged off horrid starts in which they combined to miss all 10 shots in the first quarter, Paul finishing with 22 points and four assists and...

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