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Clippers beat Kings 97-85 to set franchise record with 12th straight victory

  • Los Angeles Clippers center Ronny Turiaf celebrates after dunking against the Sacramento Kings during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Dec. 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)The Associated Press

  • Sacramento Kings forward Chuck Hayes, left, and Blake Griffin go after a loose ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Dec. 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)The Associated Press

  • Sacramento Kings' Aaron Brooks, top, and Los Angeles Clippers' Blake Griffin dive for a loose ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Dec. 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)The Associated Press

  • Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, top, battles Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins for a rebound during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Dec. 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)The Associated Press

  • Local scout troops display a large American flag during the National Anthem before NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Sacramento Kings in Los Angeles, Friday, Dec. 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)The Associated Press

Chris Paul had 24 points and 13 assists to help the Los Angeles Clippers, for decades synonymous with long losing streaks, break a 38-year-old franchise record with their 12th consecutive victory Friday night, 97-85 over the Sacramento Kings.

The previous mark was set by the Buffalo Braves during the 1974-75 season, when current Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro was 8 years old. The head coach back then was Jack Ramsay, whose formidable roster included Bob McAdoo, Garfield Heard, Randy Smith, Jim McMillian, Jack Marin and Bob Weiss.

That team won 49 games — still a record for a beleaguered organization that has called three different cities home, wasted first-round draft picks on Benoit Benjamin, Terry Dehere, Michael Olowokandi and Darius Miles, and was labeled "the worst franchise in sports history" by Sports Illustrated in an April 17, 2000, cover story.