Blake Griffin had 20 points and Chris Paul shook off a sprained ankle to score 18 points to rally the Los Angeles Clippers past the Utah Jazz 96-87 on Friday, extending their winning streak to 10 straight games.
Los Angeles had their lowest points total during the streak, but the Clippers won this time with defense, forcing 20 turnovers by the Jazz that led to 31 points.
The Jazz led 70-60 in the third quarter, but the Clippers capitalized on a rash of Utah miscues and poor shot selection to go on a 20-2 run.
Paul landed awkwardly after a layup, spraining his left ankle.
The point guard limped up and down the court, but still led the Clippers’ come-from-behind, third-quarter burst. He had seven points and three assists in the six-minute run that ended with Will Green’s three-pointer with 10 minutes, 37 seconds to play that made it 80-72.
PACERS 101, 76ERS 94
In Philadelphia, Paul George scored 25 points, while David West had 18 to help Indiana beat Philadelphia, sending the 76ers to their 19th straight loss.
With a loss to Memphis yesterday, the Sixers may tie the franchise record for consecutive defeats in a single season. The Sixers lost 20 straight games in 1973 in a 9-73 season. The NBA record for consecutive losses in a season is 26, set by the 2010-2011 Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Sixers last won on Jan. 29 on Evan Turner’s buzzer-beater at Boston. Turner was traded to the Pacers at the Feb. 20 deadline and is now a key reserve on a team expected to make a deep run in the NBA playoffs.
Thaddeus Young led the Sixers with 25 points and 10 assists.
NUGGETS 111, HEAT 107
In Miami, Kenneth Faried scored 24 points, while Darrell Arthur led a big effort from Denver’s bench with 18 as Denver handed suddenly reeling Miami their fifth loss in six games.
Evan Fournier scored 14, Ty Lawson had 13 and J.J. Hickson added 11 for the Nuggets. Denver’s reserves scored 57 points.
Ray Allen scored 22 points for Miami, who fell three games behind Indiana in the race for the No. 1 Eastern Conference seed in the playoffs.
LeBron James scored 21 points and Dwyane Wade added 19 for the Heat, who turned the ball over 20 times and shot seven-for-24 from three-point range.
It was only the fifth win for Denver in their past 18 games.
SPURS 119, LAKERS 85
In San Antonio, Danny Green had 15 points as San Antonio won their ninth straight and handed the Lakers their largest defeat in their longtime rivalry.
San Antonio never trailed after the opening four minutes, allowing coach Gregg Popovich to limit his starters and Manu Ginobili to an average of 17 minutes.
The Spurs had five reserves score in double-figures, led by Matt Bonner’s 13 points and 10 rebounds. San Antonio (49-16) maintained the league’s best record ahead of Indiana and Oklahoma City, who are both 48-17.
Pau Gasol had 18 points and 11 rebounds for Los Angeles, who have lost five of six.
WIZARDS 105, MAGIC 101, OT
In Orlando, Florida, John Wall had 12 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter and overtime, while Trevor Ariza added 21 points and 11 rebounds as Washington beat Orlando in overtime.
The victory ends the Wizards’ seven-game road losing streak to the Magic.
Bradley Beal added 20 points before being helped off the court with an injury in overtime. Marcin Gortat finished with 19 points and 14 rebounds.
Tobias Harris had 21 points and Arron Afflalo finished with 18 to lead the Magic. Orlando has now lost five in a row and 11 of their past 14.