The Clippers could be protecting a lead in the last minutes of a taut playoff game. Or maybe they're down by a point in the final seconds.

Either way is fine.

As long as Chris Paul is on the court, they're exactly where they want to be.

The All-Star point guard's fourth-quarter fearlessness makes him the ultimate close-out specialist, capable of helping his team hold on for victories or rescue it from what seems like certain defeat.