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NBA: Nuggets break Clippers’ winning streak

GRINDING HALT:In their first game in the new year, the Los Angeles Clippers tasted their first defeat since Nov. 26, while the Nuggets improved their home record to 10-1

Reuters and AP, New York

Chris Kaman scored 12 points for Dallas, and Shawn Marion had 11 points and a season-high 14 rebounds.

Bradley Beal equaled a career high with 22 points for the Wizards.

PISTONS 103, KINGS 97

In Auburn Hills, Michigan, Greg Monroe had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and the Pistons held on for their first three-game winning streak of the season.

Sacramento cut a 16-point fourth-quarter deficit to one, and Detroit led 100-97 when Austin Daye made a three-pointer with the shot clock running down with 11.5 seconds left.

Detroit have won five of six, in large part because of terrific play from their reserves. The group scored 44 points on Tuesday despite losing Charlie Villanueva to a second-quarter ejection.

DeMarcus Cousins had 21 points and 14 rebounds for the Kings.

76ERS 103, LAKERS 99

In Los Angeles, Jrue Holiday had 26 points and 10 assists, and Evan Turner added 22 points and 13 rebounds to lead Philadelphia over Los Angeles.

The Lakers (15-16) have matched their worst start after 31 games since the 2002-2003 season, when they began defense of their third straight NBA title with a 12-19 record.

Kobe Bryant, who shifted from shooting guard to small forward five games ago in coach Mike D’Antoni’s redesigned rotation, led the Lakers with 36 points. Steve Nash added 12 points and 10 assists.

Down by nine with just under 3 minutes to play, the Lakers closed to 99-97 on Bryant’s three-pointer with 1 minute, 28 seconds left. Spencer Hawes responded with a 21-footer 16 seconds later and Holiday helped close it out on a driving dunk with 22.4 seconds on the clock.

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