He's been in the NBA for a while now, but not even Chauncey Billups was around the last time the Clippers took a season series from the Lakers.

It still matters.

Billups scored 21 points, hitting five 3-pointers, and the Clippers pulled off a 125-101 victory over the Lakers on Thursday night at Staples Center and moved out to a 3-0 lead in the series this season.

That hasn't happened since 1992-93. And these Clippers admit they think about the historical implications.

"Yeah, we do, even though none of us were a part of that," Billups said.

"We don't want people looking at the Clippers like they used to. I think it is a new day for the Clipper fans and the Clipper organization and we're out to prove that every single night."

Paul had 24 points and 13 assists, Blake Griffin had 22 points and 10 rebounds and Butler and Matt Barnes each connected for three 3-pointers as the Clippers improved to 39-17 heading into the All-Star break.

The Clippers hit on 16 of 30 3-point attempts and were threatened only once after running out to a 15-0 lead.

It was a somber night for the Lakers, knowing that owner Jerry Buss had been hospitalized amid reports he was receiving visits from current and former Lakers.