NBA All-Star Game 2013: A Different Los Angeles Team Reigns Supreme in Houston

Maxwell Ogden@MaxwellOgdenCorrespondent IIIFebruary 18, 2013

Feb 17, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Western Conference guard Chris Paul (3) of the Los Angeles Clippers brings the ball up the court as forward Blake Griffin (32) of the Los Angeles Clippers runs up the court during the second half of the 2013 NBA All-Star Game at the Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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Entering the 2012-13 NBA regular season, the Los Angeles Lakers were viewed as the most star-studded team in basketball. With Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, Steve Nash and Pau Gasol, some even suggested that L.A. could have four All-Stars.

At the 2013 NBA All-Star Game, the predictions about the latter proved true—it just so happens that the two who shined brightest from L.A. play the Los Angeles Clippers.

Chris Paul and Blake Griffin were magnificent from start to finish. Paul tallied 20 points, 15 assists and four steals, while Griffin picked up 19 points of his own.

CP3 managed to win the 2013 All-Star Game MVP award.

This isn't to sell the Lakers short, as Bryant and Howard played well in their own right. Howard picked up nine points and seven boards, while Bryant tallied nine points, eight assists, four rebounds, two steals and two blocks.

Both of those swats came against LeBron James in "plays to forever remember" type of moments.

With that being said, it was the Clippers' duo who proved to be the best in Houston when the lights were shining bright. Paul sliced and diced opposing defenses from start to finish, while Griffin provided a quality scoring spark in both halves.

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When it came down to closing out the 143-138 victory, CP3 and Griffin even combined for 14 of the Western Conference's final 18 points.

This is yet another chapter in a season in which the Clippers have proven to be Los Angeles' supreme team. You know, as if the first half of the regular season hadn't already established that.

The Clippers are 39-17, while the Lakers rest at 25-29—Clippers fans continue to question if that's a misprint.

After years of misery, fans in Los Angeles finally have a reason to cheer for a team other than the Purple and Gold. The Red, White and Royal Blue are currently on pace to make their third postseason appearance since 1997.

They're also on pace for a 57-win season. For perspective, their franchise best was 49 in 1974-75 as the Buffalo Braves.

Could this be the best Clippers team we've ever seen?

The correlations are there to be made, as Bob McAdoo won league MVP in '75 and Paul secured the All-Star Game MVP in 2013. Paul also has this year's Clippers in position to make a run at achieving something the previous generation never could.

Striking championship gold.

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