Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Blake Griffin got the Clippers off to a fast start and the "other franchise" in Los Angeles drained 16 3-pointers in a resounding 125-101 wire-to-wire victory over the rival Lakers at Staples Center.
The lopsided win clinched the season series for the Clippers for just the third time in franchise history and first since the 1992-93 campaign. They have won the first three meetings and head into the All-Star break atop the Pacific Division -- 13 games ahead of the 16-time NBA champions.
Griffin scored 18 points of his 22 points in the first quarter, while Chris Paul chipped in 24 points and 13 assists in the club's fourth straight win. Chauncey Billups accounted for five 3-pointers in a 21-point effort.
Kobe Bryant, coming off a four-point showing in a win over the Suns on Tuesday, totaled 20 points and 11 assists, while Dwight Howard and Antawn Jamison checked in with 18 and 17 points, respectively, in defeat.