After their 17th consecutive victory gave them a perfect month, the Los Angeles Clippers finally paused to admire their achievement.
"We got something extremely magical going on," said Caron Butler after the host Clippers beat the Utah Jazz 107-96 on Sunday night to become the third team in NBA history to record a perfect month.
"When we win, we usually jump up and down once or twice," coach Vinny Del Negro said. "Tonight we let them jump and down three or four times, so everyone had their fill."
The Clippers went 16-0 in December to join the 1995-96 San Antonio Spurs, which included Del Negro, and 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers as the only teams to go undefeated in a month. Their franchise-record winning streak is the longest since Boston won 19 in a row four years ago.
"I am amazed because I haven't done it since I've been in the league," said seven-year veteran Chris Paul, whose 19 points and nine assists helped his team maintain the league's best record at 25-6.
Butler led the Clippers with 29 points despite not playing in the fourth quarter and made all six of his 3-pointers, including five in the opening period. Jamal Crawford scored 11 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter. Blake Griffin piled up five fouls and was held to seven points.
Al Jefferson scored 30 points to lead Utah, which fell victim for the third time during the Clippers' streak. The Jazz lost 116-114 on Friday when the Clippers rallied from 19 points down, and they were beaten 105-104 on Dec. 3, both times at home.
"We can't make any mistakes against them, especially on their home floor because they make you pay for it," Jefferson said.
The Warriors' next two game are against the Clippers, Wednesday night at home and Saturday in Los Angeles.
Kings 118, Celtics 96: Isaiah Thomas scored 27 points and made one of Sacramento's two four-point plays in the second half as the Kings handed Boston its third straight lopsided loss on a California road swing.
John Salmons added 23 points off the bench, Jason Thompson scored 20, and DeMarcus Cousins had 12 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for his first career triple-double for the Kings.
Spurs 111, Mavericks 86: Tony Parker had 21 points and nine assists, Manu Ginobili had several key baskets among his 20 points, and San Antonio handed host Dallas its sixth straight loss.
Dirk Nowitzki had eight points on 3-of-9 shooting a week after making a surprise return from knee surgery in a 38-point loss to the Spurs in San Antonio.
"He's not Dirk Nowitzki, basically, one of the greatest players that's ever played, so it's going to take time for him," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "It's very, very difficult when you have a guy like that out, and then he comes back."
The Spurs led all the way, with Tim Duncan helping a 20-6 start by hitting several jump shots. He finished with 18 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks.
O.J. Mayo, Dallas' leading scorer, was held under 10 points for the fourth time in five games.
Pistons 96, Bucks 94: Tayshaun Prince made two free throws with 10.9 seconds left to give host Detroit a victory over Milwaukee after the Pistons blew a 14-point lead. Monta Ellis had 30 points and nine assists for the Bucks.
Lakers: Antawn Jamison was angry after spending a fifth consecutive game at the end of the Lakers' bench. He was less irritated after thinking about it for a couple of days.
"I'm kind of disappointed in myself that I kind of expressed my frustration the way I did, but I'm human," Jamison said Sunday.
Jamison, 36, said he would not seek a trade from the team that signed him to a one-year, $1.4 million contract last summer.
Rockets: First-round pick Royce White has refused his assignment to Houston's D-League affiliate, yet another setback to his return to the court.
White, the 16th overall pick in the June draft, has spent most of the season on Houston's inactive list while he and the team figure out how to handle his anxiety disorder and overall mental health.
The Los Angeles Times contributed to this report.