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Clippers celebrate return home by defeating Spurs


The Los Angeles Clippers shone on their return home, cruising to an authoritative 115-92 victory over San Antonio in Monday’s clash of NBA divisional leaders.

Blake Griffin scored 27 points, hitting 11 of 15 free-throws, as the Clippers relished a return to Los Angeles following a seven-game road trip.

Chris Paul added 23 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for the Clippers, who repelled several threats in the third quarter to maintain their lead.

Tim Duncan had 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Spurs, who snapped a four-game winning streak.

The Clippers’ performance was the highlight on a day when Detroit handed the Pacers their first home-court loss of the season, with Josh Smith scoring 30 points to lead the Pistons to a surprise 101-96 win at Indiana.

Greg Monroe finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds for Detroit, while Lance Stephenson had a season-high 23 points for the Pacers, who won their first 11 home games. The defeat left Oklahoma City as the only team unbeaten at home with a 12-0 record.

In Atlanta, Kyle Korver sank a trio of three-pointers in a dominant third quarter that set up the Hawks’ 114-100 win over the Lakers.

Al Horford scored 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Hawks, while the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant made only four of 14 shots for eight points.

Nick Young led the Lakers with 23 points and five three-pointers.

Miami’s LeBron James finished with 30 points, nine rebounds and nine assists to lead the Heat to a 117-94 win over Utah.

Dwyane Wade added 27 points for Miami, who notched their 17th straight victory over a Western Conference opponent, the second-longest regular-season streak by an Eastern Conference team in NBA history.

In Boston, Jared Sullinger had 24 points and 11 rebounds, including a tie-breaking three-pointer with 2 minutes, 22 seconds left that helped the Celtics hold off Minnesota and win 101-97.

Elsewhere in the NBA, Bradley Beal sank a driving layup with six seconds left to give the Wizards a 102-101 win over the Knicks, while Orlando’s Arron Afflalo scored 23 points to help the Magic beat slumping Chicago 83-82 and Brooklyn’s Joe Johnson made 10 three-pointers — the most in the NBA this season — and scored a season-high 37 points to lead the Nets to a 130-94 win over Philadelphia.

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