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March 15, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Blake Griffin had 20 points and Chris Paul shook off a sprained ankle to score 18 points to rally the Los Angeles Clippers past the Utah Jazz 96-87 on Friday, extending their winning streak to 10 straight games.

Los Angeles had its lowest points total during the streak, but the Clippers won this time with defense, forcing 20 turnovers by the Jazz that led to 31 points.

The Jazz led 70-60 in the third-quarter, but the Clippers capitalized on a rash of Utah miscues and poor shot selection to go on a 20-2 run.

Paul landed awkwardly after a layup, spraining his left ankle. The point guard limped up and down the court, but still led the Clippers’ come-from-behind-third quarter burst. He had seven points and three assists in the six-minute run that ended with Will Green’s 3-pointer with 10:37 to play that made it 80-72.

PACERS 101, 76ERS 94

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Paul George scored 25 points and David West had 18 to help Indiana beat Philadelphia, sending the 76ers to their 19th straight loss.

With a loss to Memphis on Saturday, the Sixers can tie the franchise record for consecutive defeats in a single season. The Sixers lost 20 straight games in 1973 in a 9-73 season. The NBA record for consecutive losses in a season is 26 set by the 2010-11 Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Sixers last won on Jan. 29 on Evan Turner’s buzzer-beater at Boston. Turner was traded to the Pacers at the Feb. 20 deadline and is now a key reserve on a team expected to make a deep run in the NBA playoffs.

Thaddeus Young led the Sixers with 25 points and 10 assists.

NUGGETS 111, HEAT 107

MIAMI (AP) — Kenneth Faried scored 24 points and Darrell Arthur led a big effort from Denver’s bench with 18 as Denver handed suddenly reeling Miami its fifth loss in six games.

Evan Fournier scored 14, Ty Lawson had 13 and JJ Hickson added 11 for the Nuggets. Denver’s reserves scored 57 points.

Ray Allen scored 22 points for Miami, which fell three games behind Indiana in the race for the No. 1 Eastern Conference seed in the playoffs.

LeBron James scored 21 points and Dwyane Wade added 19 for the Heat, who turned the ball over 20 times and shot 7 for 24 from 3-point range.

It was only the fifth win for Denver in its last 18 games.

SPURS 119, LAKERS 85

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Danny Green had 15 points as San Antonio won its ninth straight and handed the Lakers their largest defeat in their longtime rivalry.

San Antonio never trailed after the opening four minutes, allowing coach Gregg Popovich to limit his starters and Manu Ginobili to an average of 17 minutes.

The Spurs had five reserves score in double-figures, led by Matt Bonner’s 13 points and 10 rebounds. San Antonio (49-16) maintained the league’s best record ahead of Indiana and Oklahoma City, who are both 48-17.

Pau Gasol had 18 points and 11 rebounds for Los Angeles, which has lost five of six.

WIZARDS 105, MAGIC 101, OT

ORLANDO, Florida (AP) — John Wall had 12 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter and overtime and Trevor Ariza added 21 points and 11 rebounds as Washington beat Orlando in overtime.

The victory ends the Wizards’ seven-game road losing streak to the Magic.

Bradley Beal added 20 points before being helped off the court with an injury in overtime. Marcin Gortat finished with 19 points and 14 rebounds.

Tobias Harris had 21 points and Arron Afflalo finished with 18 to lead the Magic. Orlando has now lost five in a row and 11 of their last 14.

RAPTORS 99, GRIZZLIES 86

TORONTO (AP) — Jonas Valanciunas scored a season-high 23 points and Kyle Lowry had 22 points and 12 assists as Toronto won for the 11th time in 14 games.

Greivis Vasquez scored 17 points, DeMar DeRozan had 16 and Amir Johnson 12 as the Atlantic Division-leading Raptors ended a four-game home losing streak against the Grizzlies and improved to 16-0 at home this season when leading after three quarters.

Ten of DeRozan’s points came in the fourth quarter, helping Toronto win back-to-back games against the Grizzlies after losing eight of the previous nine meetings.

Zach Randolph scored 16 points as Memphis saw its four-game winning streak broken.

BOBCATS 105, TIMBERWOLVES 93

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (AP) — Al Jefferson had 25 points and 16 rebounds as Charlotte defeated Minnesota for its eighth straight victory at home.

Jefferson set a single-season team record with his 20th 20-point, 10-rebound game of the season.

The Bobcats, currently the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference playoff standings, came in averaging 103.9 points and shooting 47 percent in their last seven homes games. They shot 48 percent against the Timberwolves.

Kevin Martin had 19 points to lead Minnesota.

SUNS 87, CELTICS 80

BOSTON (AP) — Goran Dragic scored 20 points as Phoenix scored the last seven points of the game to beat cold-shooting Boston.

After Jeff Green’s two free throws for Boston made it 80-80 with 2:02 left, Alex Len started the decisive spurt with a three-point play on a tip-in and a free throw. The Suns finished the scoring with a dunk by Markieff Morris and a layup by Dragic.

Eric Bledsoe had 17 points and 10 rebounds and Morris added 15 points for Phoenix, which ended a three-game losing streak and moved one game behind Memphis for the eighth and final Western Conference playoff spot.

Kris Humphries had 11 points and 13 rebounds for the Celtics, who lost for the 10th time in 13 games.

TRAIL BLAZERS 111, PELICANS 103

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Damian Lillard scored 27 points and Nicolas Batum added 22 as Portland ended a four-game skid while playing without All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge.

Wesley Matthews had 20 points for the Trail Blazers, who kept Aldridge out of the game due to a back contusion.

Anthony Davis scored a career-high 36 points and Brian Roberts added 19 for New Orleans.

Trailing by five with less than six minutes to go, Lillard went on a personal 7-0 run to give Portland the lead for good at 96-94.

CAVALIERS 103, WARRIORS 94

OAKLAND, California (AP) — Spencer Hawes had 22 points and 13 rebounds to help Cleveland erase an 18-point first-half deficit on the way to a victory over Golden State.

Dion Waiters added 18 points and Luol Deng and Kyrie Irving had 16 apiece for the Cavaliers, who ended a six-game losing streak against the Warriors.

Stephen Curry scored 27 points and Draymond Green added 18 for the Warriors, who were without starting guard Klay Thompson, who was in the Bahamas for his grandfather’s funeral.

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