Pistons Fall To Clippers 104-98

CBS Detroit

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) Chris Paul picked up his game in the third quarter, and the rest of the Los Angeles Clippers joined him in the fourth.

Paul scored 14 of his 23 points in the third, and the Clippers beat the slumping Detroit Pistons 104-98 on Wednesday night.

Los Angeles outscored Detroit 32-25 in the final period. The Clippers shot 64.7 percent from the field in the last 12 minutes, including a 5-for-7 finish from 3-point range.

Detroit has lost six in a row.

”Winning a game in the NBA is hard,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. ”Those guys are professionals, and they want to break that streak, so it was going to be tough. If we hadn’t embraced that, we wouldn’t have won this game.”

Los Angeles reserve Jamal Crawford scored 14 of his 25 points in the fourth. Blake Griffin finished with 15 points, seven rebounds…

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