The Associated Press
Mar. 17, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Blake Griffin had 21 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists on his 25th birthday as the Los Angeles Clippers held off the Cleveland Cavaliers 102-80 Sunday for their 11th consecutive victory.
Chris Paul had 15 assists and scored 11 of his 16 points in the final 6:04 for the Clippers, who haven't lost since Feb. 21.
Los Angeles matched the longest winning streak in the NBA this season, equaling 11-game runs in November by Portland and San Antonio.
Luol Deng scored 23 points and Dion Waiters had 15 for the Cavaliers, who lost star point guard Kyrie Irving in the first quarter to a left biceps injury. Cleveland had won on its first two stops of a three-game West Coast road trip, but never led against the Clippers.
Reggie Bullock scored a career-high 14 points as Los Angeles matched the 1974-75 Buffalo Braves for the second-longest winning streak in franchise history.
HEAT 113, ROCKETS 104
MIAMI (AP) — Ray Allen scored 14 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter and LeBron James and Dwyane Wade each scored 24 as Miami stopped its worst skid in three years.
Chris Bosh added 18 points for the Heat, who won for just the second time in their last seven games. They were down 97-92 following a 3-pointer by James Harden midway through the fourth, then finished the game on a 21-7 run.
Allen had 11 points during that late stretch, including a 3-pointer that allowed him to pass Allen Iverson for 21st on the NBA's all-time scoring list.
Harden finished with 30 points and Dwight Howard added 21 points and 14 rebounds for the Rockets, who've dropped three straight.
SPURS 122, JAZZ 104
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Manu Ginobili scored 21 points and San Antonio earned its 10th consecutive victory to become the first NBA team to 50 wins this season.
The Spurs (50-16) shot a season-high 62.8 percent from the field in their fourth victory in four games this season against Utah. Tony Parker had 18 points and Tim Duncan scored 16.
It's the second double-digit winning streak of the Spurs, who won 11 in a row in November.
Derrick Favors had a season-high 28 points for Utah, which has lost four straight.
MAVERICKS 109, THUNDER 86
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Shawn Marion scored 19 points and Vince Carter added 18 as the Mavericks stopped a seven-game, regular-season losing streak to the Thunder.
Kevin Durant scored 30 points for Oklahoma City. It was his 26th straight game of 25 points or more, the longest such streak since Michael Jordan did so in 40 straight games during the 1986-87 season.
Dirk Nowitzki added 17 points for the Mavericks, who became only the third Western Conference team to win this season in Oklahoma City, joining the Trail Blazers and Clippers.
Dallas' win over the Thunder was its first since Jan. 2, 2012.
WARRIORS 113, TRAIL BLAZERS 112
PORTLAND, Oregon (AP) — Stephen Curry scored 28 of his 37 points in the second half and Klay Thompson made the go-ahead 3-pointer with 11.1 seconds remaining to lead Golden State to the win.
Thompson finished with 27 points and David Lee added 16 for the Warriors, who rallied from an 18-point deficit in the third quarter.
Golden State ended a two-game skid and pulled within 1½ games of the Blazers for the Western Conference's No. 5 playoff spot.
Damian Lillard scored 26 points and Nicholas Batum had 23 points and 14 rebounds as the Blazers, playing without injured All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge, lost for the fifth time in six games.
PELICANS 121, CELTICS 120, OT
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Anthony Davis set career highs with 40 points and 21 rebounds for New Orleans, and Eric Gordon made two crucial free throws in overtime.
Tyreke Evans added 26 points and Gordon had 19 for the Pelicans, who had lost two consecutive games.
Gordon's foul shots with 9.4 seconds remaining gave the Pelicans a 121-117 lead.
Davis became the first player in team history to have at least 40 points and 20 rebounds in the same game.
Jeff Green scored 39 points for Boston, which lost its fourth straight game.
TIMBERWOLVES 104, KINGS 102
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kevin Love had 26 points, 10 rebounds and five assists to lead Minnesota to the win.
Love was 3 for 6 from 3-point range, including one with 1:07 to play to give Minnesota a 97-95 lead.
Kevin Martin added 31 points for Minnesota, and Senegalese rookie Gorgui Dieng had his first career double-double with season highs in points (12) and rebounds (11). He also had five blocks.
Derrick Williams scored 26 points and 11 rebounds for Sacramento, which has officially been eliminated from postseason contention.
SUNS 121, RAPTORS 113
TORONTO (AP) — Markieff Morris had 16 points and 14 rebounds and Gerald Green scored 13 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter as Phoenix beat Toronto.
Goran Dragic scored 19 points, Eric Bledsoe had 14 and P.J. Tucker 11 for the Suns, who had lost three of four before winning 87-80 at Boston on Friday.
Phoenix's reserves outscored Toronto's 59-11.
Kyle Lowry had 28 points and 13 assists, and Terrence Ross scored 22 points as Toronto lost at home for the first time since a triple-overtime defeat to Washington on Feb. 27.
BOBCATS 101, BUCKS 92
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Kemba Walker scored 21 points and Al Jefferson added 16 of his 20 in the second half to help Charlotte beat Milwaukee for its fourth straight victory.
Gary Neal added 18 in his return to Milwaukee after the Bucks traded him to Charlotte last month.
Gerald Henderson scored 14 as the Bobcats matched their longest winning streak of the season, set Feb. 18-22.
Brandon Knight scored 21 points and Ramon Sessions added 18 for the Bucks.