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NBA: Late Chris Paul layup seals win for LA Clippers

AP, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Los Angeles Clippers’ Chris Paul, right, scores, as the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kendrick Perkins, right, and Serge Ibaka, middle, defend late in the second half of their NBA game in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on Wednesday.

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A Chris Paul layup with 8.8 seconds left gave the Los Angeles Clippers a 100-98 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday, keeping the Clippers in position for home-court advantage in the first round of the NBA playoffs.

Paul scored 31 points and got past Thunder defensive specialist Thabo Sefolosha for the critical basket, squeezing the ball onto the rim to put the Clippers ahead.

The Thunder’s Kevin Durant missed a 3-point attempt that could have won it, hitting the back rim on a shot from the left wing.

Durant led Oklahoma City with 22 points.

LAKERS 98, SPURS 84

In San Antonio, Andrew Bynum had 16 points and 30 rebounds — the most boards in an NBA game this season — as Los Angeles recorded a surprisingly comfortable win over San Antonio.

Metta World Peace (formerly Ron Artest) scored 26 points for the Lakers, who made light of missing Kobe Bryant for a third straight game and handed the Western Conference’s second-place team one of their most embarrassing losses.

Bynum’s dominating night surpassed the previous NBA season-high of 25 rebounds.

Danny Green led the Spurs with 22 points.

CELTICS 88, HAWKS 86, OT

In Boston, Paul Pierce overcame a miserable shooting game with a key jumper in overtime that gave Celtic victory over Atlanta.

Rajon Rondo finished with a triple-double with 20 assists, 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Jeff Teague led the Hawks with 21 points.

GRIZZLIES 104, SUNS 93

In Memphis, Rudy Gay scored a season-high 32 points as Memphis won their fourth straight game with a victory over Phoenix.

Memphis outscored the Suns 17-6 after the game was tied with 6:27 seconds left. Dante Cunningham had six of his 10 points during that run.

Marcin Gortat had 19 points for Phoenix on 9 of 12 from the floor.

JAZZ 103, ROCKETS 91

In Houston, Gordan Hayward scored a season-high 29 points as Utah boosted their fading playoff hopes with a victory over Houston.

Paul Millsap added 21 points for the Jazz, who held the No. 10 spot in the Western Conference standings coming into the game.

The Jazz shot 51 percent (40 of 78) and led by as many as 18, taking advantage of Houston’s 36 percent shooting from the field.

In Wednesday’s other games it was:

‧ Knicks 111, Bucks 107

‧ Nuggets 113, Timberwolves

107

‧ Pacers 104, Cavaliers 98, OT

‧ 76ers 93, Raptors 75

‧ Trail Blazers 118, Warriors110

‧ Hornets 105, Kings 96

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