LOS ANGELES -- Much has been made of the Los Angeles Clippers' running and jumping and dunking this season.
They don't call it Lob City for nothing.
Talk to the Clippers after a win, though, and you don't hear about the flash and the style.
Instead, they pull out all the stops.
Like they did late against Brooklyn on Saturday night at Staples Center.
The Clippers came from behind in the fourth quarter for a key 101-95 victory over the Nets.
Jamal Crawford leaped into a passing lane, stole a lackadaisical pass from Deron Williams and drove for the dunk to put the Clippers ahead by four points with 48 seconds left. After a Joe Johnson layup high off the glass, Chris Paul responded with 22 seconds left, dropping a gorgeous hand-switching, one-handed shot while drawing a foul to clinch the comeback win.
"We did it with defense and obviously made some great plays down the stretch," Crawford said. "We all played around (Paul), but it started with defense. ... I was just trying to wait in the wings a little bit (on the steal). I was kind of sitting back. I wanted to wait for the right time to get it, and it worked out for us."
Paul's take on the highlight play: "I don't know -- I didn't even try to make it. I just threw it up because I knew I was getting fouled. I could care less if it went in."
After the Clippers took a 25-24 lead in the first quarter, Brooklyn seized a one-point advantage on its first possession of the second quarter and led for much of the second and third quarters. Los Angeles climbed back in the fourth quarter, though, to take its second straight win.
Paul led the Clippers with 29 points, including 12 of 13 free throws, and 11 assists. Paul had zero points and six assists in the first quarter before taking over the head-to-head matchup with fellow 2005 top-four draft pick Deron Williams, scoring 17 points in the fourth quarter alone.
"You feel very comfortable with Chris with the basketball," Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said. "You're trying to spread the court a little bit and let him go to work. He made the right plays, as always."
Williams said, "It's fun playing against Chris. He's definitely one of the best point guards in this game, a great competitor and a good friend of mine."
Willie Green, starting in place of Chauncey Billups for the second straight game, had 15 points for the Clippers, including 10 in the first quarter. DeAndre Jordan had 13 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks, Jamal Crawford added 13 points off the bench and Blake Griffin had 12.
The Nets also had five players score in double figures, led by Williams and Brook Lopez with 18 each. Gerald Wallace and Joe Johnson each had 15 points for Brooklyn, which had 27 assists but 15 turnovers.
"We got off to a very tough start to the fourth quarter, which really hurt us," Brooklyn coach P.J. Carlesimo said. "They made some plays; we needed a couple more free throws or a few less turnovers down the stretch. We put ourselves in position to win the game, and they just did a much better job closing it out than we did."
NOTES: Billups also missed the Clippers' 101-72 win over Philadelphia on March 20 after playing just seven minutes in a 116-101 loss at Sacramento the night before. Green is no stranger to the starting lineup, however, with 51 starts in 70 games. ... Eric Bledsoe was listed as day to day with a sore left calf but played early. ... The Clippers entered the game on a nine-game winning streak over Eastern Conference opponents. ... The Nets won the first matchup between the two teams 86-76 on Nov. 23 behind a game-high 26 points from Lopez. The Clippers' 76 points and 41 percent shooting from the field marked the second worst game in both categories this season. ... Los Angeles is closing in on several team records in what has become its most prolific regular season. While already owning team records for consecutive wins (17), consecutive home wins (13) and wins in a month (16), the Clippers are seeking season records for wins, road wins and home wins. ... Los Angeles' second-best start through 69 games was 43 wins in 1974-75. ... The Nets rank fifth in the NBA in scoring defense (94.4 ppg).