Just because the Clippers lost four games in a row coming into Sunday's game, this was not the time to panic. They didn't go to pieces when they lost three in a row before so why should they fall apart now? In fact, they won their next 17 games after that previous mini-losing streak.

Still, there was a sense of urgency to stop their skid. So the Clippers refocused their energies on avenging their loss to the Portland Trail Blazers the night before and came up with a 96-83 victory in their final home game before their annual two-week Grammy Awards trip.

"We really need a win," Blake Griffin said. "It's always good, especially at home, especially coming off (losing) four in a row."

Coach Vinny Del Negro praised the team's effort after chastising them for the close loss to the Trail Blazers 24 hours earlier.

"We obviously executed a little better," Del Negro said. "I liked our intensity in the second half, did a better job guarding the 3."

The Clippers appeared determined not to let another close game slip away again. On Saturday, the Clippers rallied from a 14-point, first-half deficit only to see their chances at victory fall short on a last-second shot.

There wasn't any need for late-game heroics Sunday.

The Clippers stretched a 55-50 halftime lead into a 64-53 advantage less than four minutes into the second half, and led by 16 at the end of the third quarter, 78-62.

"Tonight could not happen fast enough just to get the taste of that bad loss out our mouth and to get this win," guard Jamal Crawford said, referring to the one-point loss to Portland on Saturday.

Griffin, playing in what Del Negro called a "point-forward" position, led the Clippers with 23 points, five rebounds and nine assists. Caron Butler added 12 points, and Eric Bledsoe, starting in place of injured point guard Chris Paul, had 10 points and five assists.

Overall, the Clippers tallied a season-high 33 assists.