Los Angeles Clippers Go 16-0 in the Month of December

Matt SchreiberAnalyst IIIDecember 31, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 27:  (R-L) Chris Paul #3, Jamal Crawford #11, DeAndre Jordan #6, Blake Griffin #32, and Caron Butler #5 of the Los Angeles Clippers react during a 106-77 win over the Boston Celtics at Staples Center on December 27, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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No team in the NBA is as hot as the Los Angeles Clippers right now. They are engineering their way into the best show on the court.

Sure, you've got the household names like Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, but what about Matt Barnes? Or even Jamaal Crawford? These guys have been playing out of their minds off the bench.

I haven't seen a team in recent years that is so confident when they step on the court. It is just complete domination for 48 minutes with these guys. 

"Lob City" is in full force right now. It really doesn't matter who is holding the ball for them; every time I watch these guys play, someone is tossing up a ridiculous alley-oop to Jordan or Blake Griffin.

The numbers don't lie. The Clippers are second in the league in assists per game with 23.7, much thanks to Chris Paul. The Clippers are averaging 102.4 points per game as opposed to giving up only 92.3 points per game. Do the math; that's a 10.1-point differential. That is just beyond me.

What people obviously look beyond is that the Clippers lost four games in a row before going on their current 17-game winning streak. You have to go all the way back to November 26 to find the Clippers' last loss, which was over a month ago.

It's not like these are close games either, folks. They are dismantling their opponents. Aside from two tight games with the Jazz during their streak, the Clippers haven't let anyone come within five points of them. They are outscoring their opponents by 15.2 points per game since their last loss!

What Clippers fans have to be excited about is the fact that they clobbered the Boston Celtics by 29 points on Thursday to go along with beating the Utah Jazz in a home-and-home.

While their schedule moving forward seems manageable, I just don't see this winning streak lasting much longer.

Lets take a look at their next 10 games:

at Denver

at Golden State

vs Lakers

vs Golden State

vs Dallas

vs Orlando

at Memphis

at Houston

at Minnesota

vs Washington

It definitely looks like somewhere along the line in this 10-game stretch, they have to come away with a loss, don't they? Maybe at Memphis, or even right away at Golden State. Although the Lakers need to worry, because there is a new team in the Staples Center.  

Certainly, 17 wins in a row to end 2012 is great. The Clippers sit at 25-6, which is the best record in the NBA. Can they keep it up in 2013?