Paul’s Jumper Lifts Clippers Past 76ers
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Chris Paul hit a 17-foot jumper with 3.2 seconds left and finished with 24 points to lift Los Angeles past Philadelphia, 78-77, on Friday.
Blake Griffin had 16 points and 11 rebounds, Mo Williams scored 14 points, Randy Foye had 10 and Reggie Evans chipped in with a season-high 10 rebounds for the Pacific Division-leading Clippers, who improved to 16-8.
Elton Brand had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the 76ers, while Andre Iguodala contributed 12 points, eight rebounds and seven assists one day after being selected to the All-Star team for the first time in his eight-year career.
HEAT 106, WIZARDS 89
WASHINGTON (AP) – Dwyane Wade scored 26 points and dominated during a second-quarter run to lead the Miami Heat past Washington.
Wade either scored or got the assist on 20 consecutive Heat points. Wade and LeBron James combined to score Miami’s last 18 points of the first half, including a pair of one-handed throw-down alley-oop Wade-to-James dunks during a 10-0 spurt.
BULLS 95, BOBCATS 64
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Joakim Noah had 17 points and 14 rebounds, Carlos Boozer scored 16 points and Chicago beat Charlotte despite the absence of reigning league MVP Derrick Rose.
The Bulls won their fifth straight overall and improved to 5-1 this season without Rose, who sat out because of a lower back strain.
RAPTORS 86, CELTICS 74
TORONTO (AP) – DeMar DeRozan scored 21 points, Jose Calderon had 17 points and 14 rebounds and Toronto beat Boston for their third win in the past 20 meetings against the Celtics.
HAWKS 89, MAGIC 87
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Josh Smith had 23 points and 19 rebounds, and Atlanta hit enough free throws late in overtime to slip past Orlando.
Pistons 109, Nets 92
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) – Greg Monroe had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons routed New Jersey for their fourth straight victory, the longest streak in three years.
Grizzlies 98, Pacers 92
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Rudy Gay scored 21 points, Marreese Speights added a season-high 19 points and nine rebounds and the Memphis Grizzlies defeated Indiana.
Knicks 92, Lakers 85
NEW YORK (AP) – Jeremy Lin had the most astounding performance of his remarkable week, scoring a career-high 38 points and outdueling Kobe Bryant as the New York Knicks held off Los Angeles.
Buried deep on the bench a little more than a week ago, Lin led the Knicks to their fourth straight win, tying their longest streak of the season. His two free throws with 52 seconds left and “MVP! MVP!” chants booming stopped the Lakers’ final rally and allowed the undrafted Harvard product to pass Carmelo Anthony for the highest-scoring game by a Knicks player this season.
Bryant finished with 34 points, but he got off to a horrendous start and finished only 11 of 29 from the field.
Blazers 94, Hornets 86
NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Jamal Crawford scored a season-high 31 points, and Portland snapped a two-game skid while handing New Orleans its eighth straight loss.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Dirk Nowitzki welcomed Kevin Love back from his two-game suspension with a season-high 33 points, winning the matchup of Western Conference All-Star power forwards and helping the Dallas Mavericks stave off a Minnesota rally.
Cavaliers 112, OT
CLEVELAND (AP) – Brandon Jennings scored 24 points and made a big layup in overtime as the Milwaukee Bucks rallied past Cleveland.