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.
‘GREAT EVENING‘: In the women’s singles in Rome, Simona Halep and Karolina Pliskova advanced, while Rafael Nadal swept into the quarters in the men’s singles Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Friday had to dig deep to advance to the semi-finals of the women’s doubles at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. The top seeds, who did not drop a game in their opening match on the clay courts at the Foro Italico, battled to a 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 victory over sixth seeds Veronika Kudermetova and Katerina Siniakova in 1 hour, 39 minutes. The reigning Wimbledon champions saved nine of 11 break points and converted three of eight, winning 56 percent of points on their second serve and sending down two aces
’SO CONSISTENT’: The victory gave the world No. 1 and world No. 2 a 21-1 win-loss record and their fourth title of the season after successes in Brisbane, Dubai and Doha Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Sunday cruised to their fourth women’s doubles title of the season at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome in their first tournament back since the suspension of the WTA Tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The top seeds took just 63 minutes to complete a comprehensive 6-2, 6-2 victory over unseeded German-Romanian duo Anna-Lena Friedsam and Raluca Olaru at the Foro Italico. It was the Taiwanese-Czech pairing’s first outing since they won the Qatar Open in February. “After five months, you don’t know what to expect,” Strycova told the WTA Web site.
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