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Wednesday, December 25th (All times Eastern)

Los Angeles Clippers (20-9) at Golden State Warriors (16-13), 10:30 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Clippers will carry a five-game winning streak into Oracle Arena Christmas night to take on their Pacific Division rivals, the Golden State Warriors.

The Clips just swept a four-game homestand and their last loss came on Dec. 12 in Brooklyn. They've built a two-game lead in the Pacific, although it's not over the Warriors, it's over the upstart Phoenix Suns.

The Clippers' most recent victory was a comeback win on Sunday over the Minnesota Timberwolves in overtime. LA hung on for a 120-116 win to extend their winning streak.

LA was down five points with less than a minute to go.

Jamal Crawford finished an uncontested layup for a 106-104 margin with 13 seconds left, and Minnesota burned its final timeout to advance the ball to midcourt. The inbounds pass went to Kevin Martin, who was immediately doubled by Chris Paul and Crawford. Martin lost his footing, allowing Paul to jar the ball free and Crawford to scoop it up and coast in for the game-tying dunk with 7.7 on the clock.

Minnesota's Nikola Pekovic broke a 112-112 tie with under a minute left in overtime with a short hook shot over DeAndre Jordan, but Jared Dudley drained a 3 at the other end to put the hosts in front.

Paul then made 3-of-4 from the foul line around a Kevin Love sky hook, and Minnesota marched down the floor with a chance to tie or take the lead in the closing seconds. Ricky Rubio found Pekovic down low, but his shot was off the mark and Paul corralled the rebound with three ticks left.

Paul was pure on two free throws to seal the outcome.

"It's a great lesson for us," head coach Doc Rivers said. "I kept saying it throughout and down the stretch, 'It's not over. There's plenty of time. It's not over.' And I give them credit and they kind of hung in there."

Blake Griffin, the Western Conference Player of the Week, poured in 32 points and hauled in 10 rebounds. Paul had a double-double with 19 points and 13 assists.

Crawford finished with 22 points, followed by 18 from Darren Collison and 15 out of Dudley. Jordan grabbed 17 boards.

Matt Barnes was fined $25,000 for failing to leave the court in a timely manner upon his ejection from Sunday's game. Barnes was assessed a flagrant foul 2 for a hard foul on Love and was ejected from the contest with 56.8 remaining in the third quarter. The league downgraded Barnes' penalty to a flagrant foul 1 after a review.

The Warriors have won two in a row and three of four after Monday's road win over the Denver Nuggets, 89-81.

Golden State was down heading into the fourth quarter, but put the clamps on the Nuggets. The Warriors held Denver to 15 points over the final 12 minutes.

"It was a good win, especially because they took the lead and had a rhythm," said Golden State coach Mark Jackson. "Our guys battled. That is how you have to win on the road."

David Lee led the way for the Warriors with 28 points and 10 rebounds. Steph Curry and Klay Thompson had off nights with 14 and 13 points, respectively, but combined to shoot 11-for-30.

Andre Iguodala had 12 points in his first game in Denver since signing with the Warriors in the offseason.

"I played in Philly last year on the first game of the year so I've kind of been through it. It actually wasn't that bad," noted Iguodala.

The Clippers beat the Warriors by 11 in LA on Oct. 31. Golden State has taken three of the five most recent matchups, but the Warriors have gone 6-1 in the last seven at home against the Clips.

12/25 10:41:49 ET

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Final
NCCU 55
DELST 54
 
Final
UNC 93
SYR 83
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BRK 0
POR 0
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NYK 0
SAC 0
4th
OKC 92
MIN 84
 
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MEM 103
ORL 94
 
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NOP 99
PHI 74
 
3rd
UTA 49
BOS 60
 
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AMER 66
ARMY 68
 
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OU 59
CLST 56
 
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NCCU 55
DELST 54
 
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PBY 54
HIGH 63
 
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UNC 93
SYR 83
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DET 53
WRST 64
 
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NCAT 71
COPST 84
 
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SCST 65
HAMP 56
 
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COOK 42
HOW 45
 
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NWST 80
NICST 51
 
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NO 87
CARK 67
 
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CAMP 78
GWEBB 59
 
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FAM 65
MDES 72
 
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INCWORD 86
MCNST 84
 
Final
SAV 54
NORST 70
 
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ABCHRIST 63
SHSU 80
 
Final
LAM 65
STEPH 82
 
Final
SELA 61
TAMCC 70
 
Final
VALPO 73
UWMIL 48
 
2nd
ALAAM 69
ALCOR 51
 
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ALAST 45
SOUTH 47
 
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ARKPB 68
PVU 44
 
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ISU 62
TEX 44
 
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MVSU 64
TXSOU 64