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Chris Paul reportedly buying Avril Lavigne's home for $8.5 million

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There will soon be a new Fresh Prince of Bel-Air in town. Clippers point guard Chris Paul is reportedly buying Avril Lavigne's Bel-Air mansion for $8.5 million.

TMZ is reporting that Paul plans to purchase the 12,184 square-foot abode, which includes eight bedrooms and 10.5 bathrooms, a wine cellar, 10-car garage, gym, sauna and a covered outdoor living room.

Paul, a four-time all star, was acquired by the Clippers from New Orleans on Dec. 14 in exchange for Al-Farouq Aminu, Eric Gordon, Chris Kaman and a 2012 first-round draft pick.

In a video interview with The Times below, Paul called the off-season a "whirlwind."

"It has definitely been an emotional roller-coaster, but they say that after the storm a rainbow comes out and I think this is it," Paul said.

Fodder for Lavigne's next single?

Paul is averaging 18 points and 8.4 assists this season but is currently listed as day-to-day after sustaining a strained left hamstring in a 102-94 win against the Lakers on Jan. 14.

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Photo: Chris Paul. Credit: Jae C. Hong / Associated Press

Lakers' Matt Barnes says the Clippers' Blake Griffin 'flops' [Video]

At a recent event at Staples Center, Derek Fisher laughed off the notion that there is a rivalry between the 16-time NBA champions and the Clippers, who have never won a title.

"You can't win one more preseason game or one more regular season game through 15 games and call it a rivalry," Fisher said.

"There's too many of those up there," he added, while pointing to the Lakers championship banners hanging from the rafters at Staples Center.

That's not to say that there's not a rivalry between the players.

During the panel discussion, Lakers forward Matt Barnes called Clippers forward Blake Griffin a flopper.

"He's just an amazing athlete, can dunk, can do everything on the court -- he just flops and I don't understand; I don't get it," Barnes said.

Barnes was referring to an incident that occurred during a preseason game between the teams Dec. 21. Barnes, annoyed by Griffin's dunks and perceived showboating, shoved Griffin to the ground and was immediately dealt a flagrant foul. (See the video below.)

"It's a preseason game," Barnes said to reporters the day after the scuffle. "Yeah, they're catching lobs and dunking. But it's just a preseason game. Let's just play basketball. If you make a dunk, act like you've done it before. He's got hundreds of them. There's no need for the hurrah after every single dunk. It's unnecessary."

The bad blood intensified when the teams met Jan. 14 for their first regular season game. The Clippers and Lakers combined for five technical fouls -- four on the Lakers, one on the Clippers.

When asked if the Clippers are doing things verbally or physically to irritate the Lakers, Fisher didn't hesitate.

"Yeah," he said.

The Lakers and Clippers may not have a rivalry in terms of past history, but it seems as though the "R" word is slowly simmering and snaking around Staples Center, regardless of whether the players admit it, infusing the city of Los Angeles with potential for some great excitement when the teams meet again.

--Melissa Rohlin

Clippers defeat Mavericks on last-second shot, 91-89

Clippers 91, Mavericks 89 (final)

They call him Mr. Big Shot.

Chauncey Billups has made clutch shots over the years to add credibility to that moniker. 

On Thursday night in front of 19,252 at Staples Center, the Clippers guard reminded those that as the years pass, he's still the same old guy with cold blood in his veins in the final minutes.

Billups made a go-ahead three-point shot with one second left in the fourth quarter to give the Clippers a 91-89 win against Dallas, improving the Clippers to 8-4.

The Mavericks tried a lob play to Ian Mahinmi as time expired, but it didn't work out. 

Here's how it went down in the final minutes: 

Jason Terry made a three-point basket with 36.7 seconds left to pull the Mavericks to within three points.

After a timeout, Billups missed a short jumper, but DeAndre Jordan and Dirk Nowitzki fought for the rebound and the officials deemed it a a jump ball with 20 seconds left.

Jordan tipped the ball to Billups, but there was a scuffle for the ball and it went out of bounds

After a review, the officials said the ball was last touched by the Clippers, meaning Dallas had possession with 14.9 seconds left.

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Vinny Del Negro expects Mo Williams to play against Dallas

Mo3Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro said he expects guard Mo Williams to play Wednesday evening against Dallas.

"I'm waiting to see how he warms up," Del Negro said.

Williams injured his right foot against against Portland last Tuesday. Without Williams and Chris Paul, who has a strained left hamstring, the Clippers suffered their worst loss of the season Tuesday, a 108-79 beating by Utah.

Del Negro said that Paul is "feeling better" but is still listed as day-to-day.

"He's doing all of his therapy, headed in the right direction," Del Negro said. "It's day-to-day for him right now. There's a process involved that the doctors and trainers have and we'll abide by that and see how he feels every day."

The Clippers are about to take the court against the defending NBA champions in their third game in three days.

Del Negro made it clear that fatigue was not an excuse for Tuesday's loss against the Jazz.

"Everyone says it's a back to back but we had plenty of rest, that was not the case," Del Negro said. "We just didn't come out with the right mentaility.

"We have to do a much better job learning how to win."

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Photo: Mo Williams. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

Clippers, Magic haven't discussed a Dwight Howard deal

Dwight.300If Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard has added the Clippers to the list of teams he would be interested in being traded to as has been reported, that is news to both teams, according to several NBA executives not authorized to speak publicly on the situation.

The Internet report said Howard was intrigued by the Clippers after they acquired Chris Paul and Chauncey Billups to play alongside Blake Griffin.

According all the executives, the Clippers and Magic haven’t had any recent discussions about Howard being traded there and that the report wasn’t true.

Howard’s agent, Dan Fagen, had been given permission to speak with the Lakers, New Jersey Nets and Dallas Mavericks about his client.

The Magic know that the Clippers won’t trade Griffin for Howard and Orlando has no interest in Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, according to the executives.

Kobe Bryant has reached out to Howard recently, said two people not authorized to speak on the matter.

But Howard has also talked with Nets guard Deron Williams.

Fagen didn’t return reported phone calls.

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Photo: Dwight Howard goes up against the Knicks' Jared Jeffries. Credit: Jason Szenes / EPA

Report: The Clippers are now on Dwight Howard's wish list

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Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard, a five-time NBA All-Star, reportedly has added another team to his very short list of franchises for which he would like to play.

The Clippers.

According to sheridanhoops.com, which cited an unnamed source, Howard is "intrigued" by the Clippers and has been watching "a lot" of their games.

Howard will become a free agent after this season. He is averaging 19.4 points and 14.8 rebounds a game this season for the Magic, which is off to an impressive 9-3 start.

If Howard came to the Clippers, he could join point guard Chris Paul and power forward Blake Griffin in a Big Three that would rival Miami's LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh as the league's best star trio. 

The Clippers have won three games in a row, including victories last week over the Lakers and against Miami, which has been widely picked as the favorite to win the NBA championship.

Howard has also expressed interest in playing for the Lakers, New Jersey and Dallas.

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Photo: Magic center Dwight Howard powers his way to the basket against Knicks power forward Amare Stoudemire on Monday at Madison Square Garden. Credit: Jason Szenes / EPA

Clippers get by New Jersey Nets

The Clippers built an 18-point lead over the New Jesey Nets in the second half.

But the Clippers saw that lead go away, finding themselves in a game.

A Chauncey Billups' three-pointer sealed the deal for the Clippers, enabling them to pull out a 101-91 victory Monday at Staples Center.

Billups, who started at point guard in place of the injured Chris Paul, made his three-pointer with 1:09 left for a 97-89 Clippers lead.

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Billups finished with 20 points and four assists.

All five of the Clippers’ starters scored in double figures, led by Blake Griffin’s 23 points and 14 rebounds.

The Clippers saw their lead evaporate after Deron Williams (14 points) made a three-pointer to tie the score, 81-81.

Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro had seen enough, calling a timeout with 6:46 left.

His team had to fight to the end to improve to 7-3.

Paul missed his first game of the season with a strained left hamstring that he injured Saturday night against the Lakers.

Mo Williams missed his second straight game because of an injured right foot.

Del Negro said both players will travel with the team to Salt Lake City for Tuesday night’s game against the Jazz, but he said Paul and Williams still are listed as day-to-day.

Randy Foye (13 points, 10 assists) started at shooting guard.

“Just like everybody, we’ve got a lot of bumps and bruises,” Del Negro said.

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Chris Paul MRI test negative; Clipper guard questionable for game

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The Clippers said Sunday afternoon that the MRI exam on Chris Paul’s strained left hamstring was negative.

The team also said Paul will be listed as day to day, but that the 6-foot All-Star guard is questionable for Monday’s game against the New Jersey Nets at Staples Center.

The Clippers are expected to sign guard Courtney Fortson to a contract Monday, pending his passing a physical.

Fortson is a 5-11 point guard who was on the Clippers’ training camp roster before he was waived last month.

Paul was injured late in the fourth quarter during the Clippers’ victory over the Lakers on Saturday night at Staples Center.

If Paul doesn’t play, Chauncey Billups probably would start at point guard and reserve Randy Foye would start at shooting guard.

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Photo: Clippers guard Chris Paul is congratulated by a teammate after making a three-point shot against the Lakers on Saturday night. Credit: Jae C. Hong / Associated Press

Clippers, Chris Paul wait on MRI exam results for hamstring

Chris-paul_350Clippers point guard Chris Paul got an MRI exam on his strained left hamstring Sunday morning, but the team was still waiting on the results before making a decision on when he might play again.

Paul was hurt late in the fourth quarter during the Clippers’ victory over the Lakers on Saturday night at Staples Center.

“Obviously Chris is a big part of what we do,” Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro said. “But we had to deal with it and other guys have got to get ready to play.”

Del Negro said they have other players injured as well.

Backup guard Mo Williams missed Saturday’s game with a sore right foot and remains day to day.

“I think he felt a little bit better today,” Del Negro said. “He’ll be re-evaluated every day. Obviously we need him more than ever.”

That’s because Del Negro said Chauncey Billups’ back is “a little bit tight.”

Billups is expected to play Monday against the New Jersey Nets at Staples Center.

If Paul and Williams can’t play, Billups will be the starting point guard and Randy Foye will start at shooting guard.

“We’ve got some nagging things that we’ve got going on,” Del Negro said. “We’ve just got to work through it.”

Paul departed the Lakers game after he made a 12-foot, pull-up jumper for a 95-82 lead with 4:01 left.

“I thought it was a cramp, but he let me know it wasn’t,” Paul said about Clippers trainer Jasen Powell after Saturday night’s game. “It was something. I’ve never had it.”

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Photo: Clippers point guard Chris Paul is treated for his hamstring injury in the fourth quarter of the game against the Lakers on Saturday night at Staples Center. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Clippers making strides as a team

Clippers guard Chris Paul beats Lakers big men Andrew Bynum (17) and Pau Gasol (16) for a layup on Saturday night at Staples Center

They played only three games last week, but it was three games against some of the best teams the NBA has to offer.

In the process of going 2-1 last week, the Clippers say they made strides.

The only bump in the road was Chris Paul straining his left hamstring against the Lakers on Saturday night during the Clippers’ 102-94 victory at Staples Center.

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Otherwise, the Clippers felt good about how the week ended.

They lost to a tough Portland team in a tough place to play Tuesday night at the Rose Garden Tuesday

They returned home to play a back-to-back game against the Miami Heat Wednesday night and won that game.

They finished off the week with a stirring victory over the Lakers, breaking their five-game winning streak.

“I think instead of taking baby steps, we’re skipping a step,” said Chauncey Billups, who had 19 points on six-for-12 shooting against the Lakers. “And I think these two games –- even the Portland game, to be honest with you –- we got better. That’s all you can really ask for.”

Well, the Clippers could ask for better health.

Paul will be re-evaluated Sunday.

He had just made a 12-foot jumper for a 95-82 Clippers lead with 4:01 left when Paul grabbed his leg.

“I thought it was a cramp, but he let me know it wasn’t,” Paul said about Clippers trainer Jasen Powell. “It was something. I’ve never had it.”

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Blake Griffin says it will take a while to change the Clippers image [Video]

Surrounded by reporters following a 102-94 victory against the Lakers, Clippers center DeAndre Jordan was asked if the scrappy, physical game had a playoff-like atmosphere.

"I've never been to the payoffs," Jordan said. "So I don't know what that will feel like."

The Clippers past shortcomings seemed hard to remember after Saturday's game, a showing in which Chris Paul had 33 points and six assists and Blake Griffin finished with 22 points and 14 rebounds to beat a streaking Lakers team that had won five in a row.

One of the keys to the game was rebounding.

The Clippers, who have the lowest rebounding average in the league (37), had a 50-42 rebounding advantage over the Lakers, who have the second-highest rebounding average (46).

"We definitely made strides in the right direction defensively and on the rebounding end of it but we've got to do it again," Paul said. "We've got to make it a habit and not just a one-time thing."

Though the Clippers had just beaten the 16-time champions and were still relishing in a victory just days earlier against the Miami Heat, a team projected to win the title, the players were quick to keep things in perspective.

"We're not going to get too high with these wins," Paul said. "And hopefully, if we lose, we're not going to get too low."

It's a smart attitude to maintain considering that whenever the Clippers realize any success, their critics are quick to delve into their previous failings.

"It's definitely going to take time to remove that label," Griffin said of his team's stigma.

"That's what people say after you beat them," Griffin added. "They're going to want to talk about the past. We're not talking about the past."

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