There’s a spirited debate in New York for which team owns the city, the Knicks or the newly relocated Nets, but not much of an argument to be made in Los Angeles. Long a thoroughly one-sided rivalry, the Clippers arrive at The Palace holding a healthy seven-game lead over the reeling Lakers.

They also arrive as perhaps the NBA’s hottest team, not only sporting a nine-game winning streak but a margin of victory of 15.3 points per game over that span. For the season, only Oklahoma City – on a 10-game winning streak of its own – has a higher average winning margin than the Clippers.

An all-around effort has the Los Angeles Clippers on the brink of a historic winning streak.

That doesn't appear likely to end on Monday when they visit the Detroit Pistons, who will try to avoid their fifth straight loss.

Los Angeles (17-6) continued to play well at both ends Saturday night in a 111-85 win at Milwaukee that gave the team its ninth consecutive victory.

It's the longest winning streak for the franchise since the Buffalo Braves captured 11 in a row during the 1974-75 season.