LOS ANGELES -- The NBA's top-rated defense and an unblemished road record have the Los Angeles Clippers sitting pretty and fashioning the league's best record.
The Clippers (9-1) will go for their seventh win in a row Monday night when they host the Brooklyn Nets.
Over the weekend, Los Angeles capped a two-game trip with back-to-back wins at the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday and at the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday. By beating the Thunder, the Clippers avenged their lone loss, an 85-83 decision at home on Nov. 2.
Although the Thunder snapped the Clippers' string of holding seven consecutive opponents less than 100 points in a 110-108 setback Saturday, Los Angeles wouldn't be deterred en route to its fifth straight decision away from home in a 119-105 romp over the Timberwolves.
The Clippers are off to a franchise-best start and lead the league in several defensive categories, including points allowed (91.5 per game), defensive efficiency (92.7) and opponents' shooting percentage (40.6 percent).
Offensively, they are averaging 107 points, a differential of 15.1, which also is tops in the NBA. >> Read more...
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