David West scored 14 of his 24 points in the third quarter and grabbed 12 rebounds, while Paul George had 27 points as the league-leading Indiana Pacers improved their best start in club history to 16-1 with a 105-100 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday.
Roy Hibbert scored 19 points in the Pacers’ seventh-straight win.
Jamal Crawford led the Clippers with 20 points. Chris Paul had 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Blake Griffin scored 16 and pulled down 12 rebounds — equaling teammate DeAndre Jordan’s total.
The defending Pacific Division champion Clippers played their first game since finding out that J.J. Redick will be sidelined for six to eight weeks because of a broken bone in his shooting hand and a ligament tear in his right elbow.
HEAT 99, BOBCATS 98
In Miami, Chris Bosh scored 13-straight points for Miami in the final minutes, including a trio of three-pointers that capped a late rally as the Heat found a way to beat Charlotte to extend their winning streak to 10 games.
Bosh’s three threes came in a 79-second span, the last of them putting Miami up 93-91 with 1 minute, 20 seconds remaining.
LeBron James led the Heat with 26 points, Bosh finished with 22, Dwyane Wade scored 17 and Mario Chalmers added 12 for Miami, who have beaten the Bobcats 14 times in a row.
Kemba Walker scored 27 points for the Bobcats, who had led the entire second half until Bosh’s barrage. Gerald Henderson scored 17, while Al Jefferson finished with 16 points and 13 rebounds for Charlotte.
THUNDER 113, TIMBERWOLVES 103
In Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant recorded his first triple-double of the season with 32 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists as Oklahoma City rallied for yet another fourth-quarter win, beating Minnesota.
Oklahoma City extended their winning streak to seven games, topped the Western Conference and moved to 9-0 for the season at home.
In other NBA action, it was:
‧ Pelicans 103, Knicks 99
‧ Warriors 115, Kings 113
‧ Trail Blazers 114, Lakers 108
‧ Pistons 115, 76ers 100
‧ Nuggets 112, Raptors 98