Clippers take season's 1st Battle of L.A.: NBA roundup
LOS ANGELES — Chris Paul scored 33 points, Blake Griffin had 22 points and 14 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Clippers led all the way in beating the Lakers 102-94 on Saturday night despite 42 points by Kobe Bryant.
Chauncey Billups added 19 points, former Laker Caron Butler had 13 points and DeAndre Jordan had 10 rebounds in the Clippers' second win in four days over one of the NBA's elite teams.
The Clippers beat Miami 95-89 in overtime on Wednesday and have won five of their last six.
Bryant notched his fourth straight game of 40 or more points but the Lakers had their five-game winning streak snapped by their Staples Center co-tenants, who beat them twice in the pre-season.
Mavericks 99, Kings 60
DALLAS — Jason Terry scored 21 points, Vince Carter added 16, and the Dallas Mavericks stretched their winning streak to five games with a 99-60 rout of the Sacramento Kings.
Dirk Nowitzki contributed 14 points in a little over 20 minutes for the reigning NBA champs (8-5), who've won six in a row at home after a 0-2 start.
Both teams were playing their fourth game in five nights, but the Mavericks were fresher after resting their starters throughout the fourth quarter of Friday night's 102-76 victory over Milwaukee.
Marcus Thornton scored 14 points for the Kings (4-9), who've dropped four of five, including Friday night's 103-89 defeat at Houston. Sacramento was making the fourth stop of a five-city road trip and struggled from the opening tip.
The Kings went 22 for 86 from the field (25.6 per cent) against a Mavericks team that allowed the fewest points in franchise history.
Dallas' previous low was 65 points against Minnesota on Feb. 27, 2007.
Jazz 107, Nets 94
SALT LAKE CITY — Al Jefferson scored 20 points and reserve C.J. Miles added 17 in Utah's 107-94 win over the New Jersey Nets on Saturday night, spoiling the return of former Jazz All-Star guard Deron Williams.
Williams was coming off a 35-point effort Friday in Phoenix but struggled in his first game back in Utah since his February trade.
He started 0 of 3, was just 2 of 12 at halftime and finished with 16 points on 3-of-15 shooting for New Jersey (3-10). Kris Humphries led the Nets with 18 points.
Utah (7-4) led 30-20 after one quarter and 57-40 at halftime.
Williams led Utah to four playoff berths but was traded just two weeks after a halftime spat with Hall of Fame coach Jerry Sloan.
A 3-pointer by MarShon Brooks pulled the Nets within 72-62 but Utah went on a 10-1 run, fueled by Miles and Paul Millsap.
Hawks 93, Timberwolves 91
HOUSTON — Joe Johnson scored 25 points, Ivan Johnson hit the clinching free throws with 4.6 seconds remaining and the Atlanta Hawks rallied from 18 points down to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 93-91 on Saturday night.
Kevin Love missed a potential game-tying jump shot at the buzzer, but finished with 30 points and 13 rebounds for Minnesota, which was trying to win consecutive road games for the first time since last Feb. 7-8 at New Orleans and Houston.
Jeff Teague added 20 points and 10 assists for the Hawks, who overcame a season-high 20 turnovers to win their second straight game after losing Al Horford to a torn pectoral muscle that will sideline the starting centre for three to four months.
Ricky Rubio had 18 points and 12 assists for Minnesota.
Pacers 97, Celtics 83
BOSTON — Danny Granger scored 21 points and Indiana handed Boston its fourth straight loss.
Paul George and Darren Collison each scored 17 points and Roy Hibbert added 11 points and nine rebounds for the Pacers (9-3), who won their third straight. The Pacers improved to 5-0 at home, with four wins by double digits.
Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett both scored 21 points for the Celtics, but Brandon Bass was the only other Celtic in double figures with 10 points. Boston (4-7) fell to 1-4 on the road.
It was Indiana's second win in two tries against the Celtics this season. Indiana won at Boston 87-74 on Jan. 6.
Thunder 104, Knicks 92
OKLAHOMA CITY — Kevin Durant scored 28 points, James Harden added 24 off the bench and Oklahoma City raced past New York for its sixth straight win.
Russell Westbrook was on his way to his sixth career triple-double with 21 points, eight rebounds and eight assists before coach Scott Brooks pulled his all-stars with Oklahoma City leading by 30 points and nearly three minutes left in the third quarter.
New York played without Carmelo Anthony because of a sprained right ankle and injured left wrist, but it was the Knicks' defence that was missing.
West-leading Oklahoma City scored 70 points in the first half and kept its starters on the bench throughout the fourth quarter for the third straight home game won in a blowout.
Bobcats 112, Warriors 100
CHARLOTTE — Rookie Kemba Walker made the most of his first NBA start, scoring a career-high 23 points to lift Charlotte over Golden State.
With the Bobcats mired in a six-game losing streak, coach Paul Silas benched veteran Boris Diaw, saying he wanted to see a different look with a smaller lineup. Diaw, who had started a franchise-record 235 straight games, had scored just three points in the last two games and had drawn criticism from Silas.
David Lee had 21 points and 10 rebounds in the first half and finished with 24 points and 16 rebounds. Dorell Wright and Nate Robinson each added 12 points for the Warriors, who fell to 3-8.
Grizzlies 108, Hornets 99
MEMPHIS — Rudy Gay scored 23 points, Marc Gasol added 20 points and 11 rebounds and Memphis beat New Orleans.
Mike Conley had 17 points and seven assists, while Marreese Speights and Tony Allen finished with 12 points apiece.
Jarrett Jack led New Orleans with 23 points, while Jason Smith had 15, including 10 in the fourth quarter as the Hornets cut into the lead. Greivis Vasquez scored 14 points and handed out six assists. Marco Belinelli contributed 10 points.
Rockets 107, Trail Blazers 105 (OT)
Kyle Lowry scored a season-high 33 points, Kevin Martin hit four free throws in the final seconds of overtime and Houston beat Portland.
Portland lost its third straight game.
LaMarcus Aldridge's basket with 23 seconds left in regulation sent the game into overtime tie at 97.
Martin, who finished with 28 points, scored Houston's final six points in overtime with a layup and four free throws over the final 32 seconds of the extra period.
Nicolas Batum had a season-high 29 points to lead Portland. Aldridge had 22 points and 10 rebounds.
76ers 103, Wizards 90
WASHINGTON — Lou Williams scored 24 points and Andre Iguodala added a season-high 23 to lift the Philadelphia 76ers to a 103-90 victory over the Washington Wizards.
Thaddeus Young tied his season high with 18 points and Jrue Holiday scored 13 for the 76ers, who have won eight of their last nine games.
Washington's JaVale McGee scored a season-high 23 points and tied his career high with 18 rebounds. McGee made his first eight shots from the floor and finished 11 of 13. Nick Young also scored a season-high 27 points.
John Wall narrowly missed a triple-double. He scored 19 points with a season-high nine rebounds and tied his season high with nine assists, but also had a season-worst eight turnovers, seven in the first half.