NBA: Clippers record perfect month

The Los Angeles Clippers became only the third team in NBA history to go undefeated over a calendar month with a 107-96 victory over the Utah Jazz on Sunday night.

Jamal Crawford of the Los Angeles Clippers drives

In doing so, they also extended their franchise-record winning streak to 17 games. 

Caron Butler had 29 points for Los Angeles, with Jamal Crawford and Chris Paul contributing 19 points apiece at Staples Center as the Clippers moved to 16-0 for December. They joined the 1995-96 San Antonio Spurs and 1971-72 Lakers as the only teams to record a perfect month.

Al Jefferson poured in a game-high 30 points but could not prevent Utah from slipping to a third loss in a row.

San Antonio were another team to continue their good form, stretching their winning run to five games with a 111-86 win over Dallas at the American Airlines Center.

Tony Parker scored 21 points, Manu Ginobili 20 and Tim Duncan 18 as the Spurs condemned the Mavericks to a sixth consecutive defeat.

Elsewhere, Detroit blew a 14-point lead before edging past Milwaukee 96-94 thanks to two Tayshaun Prince two free throws with 10.9 seconds left. Prince led the Pistons with 20 points, with Monta Ellis' 30-point haul not enough for the Bucks.

Finally, Isaiah Thomas' 27 points lifted the Sacramento Kings to a 118-96 triumph over Boston and sent the Celtics tumbling to a third straight loss.

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