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All-Stars CP3, Blake Griffin lead Clippers' 125-101 rout of Lakers, clinching season series

  • Los Angeles Lakers forward Antawn Jamison, left, and Los Angeles Clippers forward Caron Butler battle for a loose ball during the first half of their NBA basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, in Los Angeles.  (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Los Angeles Lakers forward Antawn Jamison, left, and Los Angeles Clippers forward Caron Butler battle for a loose ball during the first half of their NBA basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)  (The Associated Press)

  • Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) shoots as Los Angeles Lakers forward Antawn Jamison (4) defends and guard Kobe Bryant (24) watches during the first half of their NBA basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, in Los Angeles.  (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) shoots as Los Angeles Lakers forward Antawn Jamison (4) defends and guard Kobe Bryant (24) watches during the first half of their NBA basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)  (The Associated Press)

  • Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard, left, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan defends during the first half of their NBA basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, in Los Angeles.  (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard, left, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan defends during the first half of their NBA basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)  (The Associated Press)

Chris Paul had 24 points and 13 assists, Blake Griffin scored 18 of his 22 points in a spectacular first quarter, and the Clippers cemented their supremacy in Los Angeles with a 125-101 victory over the Lakers on Thursday night.

Chauncey Billups hit five 3-pointers while scoring 21 points for the Clippers, who never trailed as they roared into the All-Star break by clinching the season series in their city rivalry for the first time in 20 years.

The Clippers have won the Staples Center co-tenants' first three games of the year, with Los Angeles' longtime underdogs burying the 16-time champions in this latest meeting under a wave of 16 3-pointers.

Kobe Bryant had 20 points and 11 assists for the Lakers, who head to the break in 10th place in the Western Conference.