Paul has 33, outplays Westbrook as Clippers beat Thunder
Mar. 12, 2015
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Chris Paul had 33 points and nine assists, and J.J. Redick added 25 points as the Los Angeles Clippers beat Oklahoma City 120-108 on Wednesday, ending the Thunder's seven-game home winning streak.
DeAndre Jordan had 18 points and 17 rebounds for the Clippers, who are fighting for a top-four seed in the Western Conference playoffs. Oklahoma City is battling to merely make the field and fell a half-game behind the New Orleans Pelicans in the race for the final playoff spot.
Both teams are playing for extended stretches without their superstar forwards: Kevin Durant for the Thunder, Blake Griffin for the Clippers. In their absence, Paul fared better than his point guard counterpart, Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook.
Westbrook, who triple-doubles in five of Oklahoma City's previous six games, finished with 24 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and a career-high 10 turnovers.
Golden State's Klay Thompson reached the 5,000-point milestone and knocked down two late 3-pointers in a 1:09 span to lead the Warriors past the Detroit Pistons 105-98 for their fifth straight win.
Thompson finished with 27 points on 11-for-19 shooting in the Warriors' 51st victory — matching their total from last season — and their eighth straight against Detroit.
Andre Drummond had a career-high 27 rebounds — 17 offensive — to go with 22 points in the Pistons' eighth straight loss.
In Denver, Danilo Gallinari had 23 points and Will Barton added 16 as the Nuggets beat Eastern Conference-leading Atlanta 115-102 for their eighth straight home win over the Hawks.
Kyle Korver had 18 points to lead Atlanta. He hit five 3-pointers to give him 1,697 in his career and move him past Kobe Bryant (1,694) for 12th in NBA history.
The Boston Celtic ended a five-game losing streak to the Memphis Grizzlies 95-92 after Marcus Smart converted a go-ahead, three-point play with 52 seconds left and Avery Bradley added a vital jump shot with 8 seconds remaining.
Bradley scored 17 points to help the Celtics win their second in a row as they chase a playoff spot.
Dwyane Wade had 28 points and nine assists for Miami and Chris Andersen equaled a career high with 18 points and set a season high with 14
Goran Dragic added 17 points in his return to the Miami lineup.
In other games, Aaron Brooks scored seven of his season-high 31 points in overtime to help short-handed Chicago Bulls beat the Philadelphia 76ers 104-95, LaMarcus Aldridge had 26 points and 14 rebounds as the Portland Trail Blazers held off the Houston Rockets 105-100, the Phoenix Suns downed the Minnesota Timberwolves 106-97, the Sacramento Kings beat the Charlotte Hornets 113-106 and the Milwaukee Bucks were 97-91 winners over the Orlando Magic.