Chris Paul tilted his head and smiled inside the locker room at Madison Square Garden recently.

The Clippers had just thumped the New York Knicks in just their second game this year as a complete unit, a thorough, satisfying victory that interrupted more than a month of uneven play and countered a listless performance just two days before in Miami.

The decisiveness in which LeBron James and the Heat handled the Clippers was cause for concern, especially considering the Clippers were finally playing with their complete roster.

But Paul wasn't worried afterward and cautioned everyone else to relax as well.

Two days later, reveling in the systematic win over the Knicks in which everything came together, Paul wore a knowing smile.

"I told you we weren't too worried," the Clippers' All-Star point guard reminded everyone.

A day later in Philadelphia the Clippers rolled past the 76ers to finish a grueling eight-game, 14-day road trip with a 4-4 record.

They returned home to methodically to beat the Houston Rockets before taking apart the Lakers 125-101 for their third win against the purple and gold this year - the first time in 25 years they can say that - to soar into the All-Star break on a four-game winning streak.

Don't worry, indeed.