Nets get Heat again, win 96-95
MIAMI (AP) — Paul Pierce scored 17 of his 29 points in the third quarter and Mirza Teletovic scored 17 off the bench as the Brooklyn Nets beat Miami for the third time in as many tries this season, topping the Heat 96-95 Wednesday.
Shaun Livingston scored 13 points, Andray Blatche added 11 and Deron Williams had eight assists for the Nets, who’ve won seven of their past eight games and are 23-9 since Jan. 1.
Chris Bosh scored 24 points for Miami, giving him 15,003 for his career. Dwyane Wade scored 22, LeBron James finished with 19 and Mario Chalmers scored 14 for the Heat.
The Los Angeles Clippers earned their ninth straight victory after Blake Griffin had 30 points and 15 rebounds, and Danny Granger added 18 points off the bench in a 111-98 win over the Golden State Warriors.
Chris Paul had 16 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds for the Clippers, who split their four-game season series against their Pacific Division rivals with an impressive finish to a tight game.
Los Angeles has the third-longest winning streak in club history and the team’s best record after 66 games (46-20).
Klay Thompson scored 26 points and David Lee had 20 for the Warriors, whose five-game winning streak ended with their fourth straight loss to the Clippers at Staples Center.
Sacramento’s Rudy Gay scored 27 points and Isaiah Thomas added 20 as the Kings extended Philadelphia’s losing streak to 18 games with a 115-98 win over the 76ers.
DeMarcus Cousins had 19 points and 12 rebounds, and Ben McLemore scored 15 points for the Kings, who ended a three-game losing streak. Jason Thompson added 14.
At San Antonio, Patty Mills scored 15 points, and Tim Duncan had 10 points and 11 rebounds in limited minutes as the Spurs rolled to their eighth straight win, 103-90 over the Portland Trail Blazers.
Damian Lillard had 23 points for Portland, which lost LaMarcus Aldridge to a bruised back early in the second half.
Danny Green added 14 points for San Antonio, Manu Ginobili scored 13, Kawhi Leonard had 12, and Tiago Splitter had 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Carmelo Anthony scored 19 of his 34 points in the first half as the New York Knicks opened a 24-point lead and coasted past the Boston Bruins 116-92 for their fifth straight win.
In other games, Kyrie Irving scored 12 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter as the Cleveland Cavaliers spoiled Eric Bledsoe’s return for Phoenix with a 110-101 win over the Suns, while the Toronto Raptors handed the Detroit Pistons their 10th straight road defeat 101-87.
The Memphis Grizzlies edged the New Orleans Pelicans 90-88, the Dallas Mavericks beat the Utah Jazz 108-101, the Charlotte Bobcats downed the Washington Wizards 98-85 and the Denver Nuggets were 120-112 winners over the Orlando Magic.