CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and Matt Barnes scored 19 points apiece as the Los Angeles Clippers grinded out a 100-94 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night.
The win was the Clippers' eighth straight, the franchise's longest winning streak since 1991. The Pacific Division leaders improved to 16-6.
The Bobcats (7-14) suffered their ninth consecutive loss after starting the season 7-5.
The Clippers led by small margins throughout the night. They eventually pulled ahead 91-81 with 4:21 left on a 3-pointer by Paul, but they could never put the Bobcats away until the final minute.
Los Angeles initially took control by going on a 7-0 spurt early in the fourth quarter.
Griffin had five thunderous dunks, and he finished 9-for-17 from the field. Barnes came off the bench to go 8-for-13 from the floor, and he scored 11 of his points in the final quarter. Paul added 10 assists.
The Clippers also got 13 points from Eric Bledsoe.
Byron Mullens led Charlotte with 19 points. Kemba Walker scored 17, Gerald Henderson had 12, and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Ramon Sessions scored 11 each. Bismack Biyombo added 10 points and nine rebounds for the Bobcats.
The Clippers led 23-21 after one quarter, 49-44 at halftime and 78-71 after three quarters.
NOTES: The 1991 Clippers team that won eight straight was coached by Mike Schuler and led by Danny Manning and Ron Harper. Schuler was fired later in the season. The franchise record is 11 straight wins, set by the 1974-75 Buffalo Braves. ... The visit to Charlotte was the third game of a five-game road trip for the Clippers. They were coming off a 94-89 win at Chicago on Tuesday night, when Griffin had 22 points and 10 rebounds. They opened the trip with a win at Toronto. ... The Clippers will close out the trip with games at Milwaukee on Saturday and at Detroit on Monday. ... The Clippers also had a six-game winning streak earlier this season. ... The Clippers were without Chauncey Billups (left foot tendinitis), Grant Hill (right knee bruise) and Trey Thompkins (left knee bruise). ... Paul came into the game leading the NBA in steals (2.67 per game) and was the biggest reason the Clippers led the NBA in turnovers forced (17.7 per game) and steals (11.0 per game). ... The Bobcats were closing out a three-game homestand. They were coming off a 104-96 loss to Golden State on Monday. ... The Bobcats lost 23 straight to finish last season, when they went 7-59. ... The Bobcats will play at Atlanta on Friday and then return home to face Orlando on Saturday. ... The Bobcats continue to be without Tyrus Thomas (strained left calf).