The Boston Celtics lost their 14th consecutive game on Friday, falling 100-89 to Elton Brand and the Los Angeles Clippers and setting a franchise record for futility.
Brand had 26 points, 19 rebounds and four blocks and Cuttino Mobley added 20 points for the Clippers, who have won seven of their last eight.
Tim Thomas scored 12 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter, five of them during a 7-0 stretch in which LA turned a 71-69 deficit into a 76-71 lead.
Rajon Rondo, making his first career start, scored 23 points for the Celtics.
Cavaliers 101, Bobcats 81
At Cleveland, LeBron James scored 18 points, 13 after halftime, and Cleveland bounced back from a tough road loss to beat Charlotte.
One night after blowing a 12-point lead in the fourth quarter and letting Miami's Dwyane Wade score 24 points in the final period, the Cavaliers built a double-digit lead by halftime and rolled from there.
Pacers 95, Lakers 84
At Indianapolis, Jermaine O'Neal scored 22 points and Indiana used a 17-2 fourth-quarter run to beat the Los Angeles Lakers.
Jamaal Tinsley finished with 16 points, Darrell Armstrong and Danny Granger each had 14 and O'Neal grabbed nine rebounds for Indiana in the Pacers' fifth win in six games. Kobe Bryant had 22 points on 7-of-25 shooting for the Lakers.
Magic 119, Nets 86
At Orlando, Florida, Hedo Turkoglu scored 22 points, Dwight Howard had 19 and Orlando held All-Star Jason Kidd scoreless to beat New Jersey.
Orlando rookie J.J. Redick tied his season high with 13 points and the Magic shot 62.5 percent.
Vince Carter led New Jersey with 25 points, but the Nets struggled offensively most of the night.
Warriors 102, 76ers 101
At Philadelphia, Al Harrington's nifty spin move in the paint with 1.2 seconds left helped Golden State beat Philadelphia to snap a six-game road losing streak.
Baron Davis had 25 points and 12 assists, Monta Ellis scored 21 points and Stephen Jackson added 17 for the Warriors. Andre Iguodala had his third career triple-double with 25 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds for Philadelphia.
Raptors 103, Hawks 91
At Atlanta, Chris Bosh scored 24 points and Morris Peterson had 21 to lead Toronto past Atlanta.
Winners of five of six, the Atlantic Division-leading Raptors improved to 24-23, the first time since the 2001-2002 season that they've been over .500 this late.
Bosh also had 10 rebounds. Joe Johnson led the Hawks with 28 points.
Pistons 96, Bucks 86
At Auburn Hills, Michigan, Detroit's Chauncey Billups scored 20 points to help the Pistons hand Milwaukee its seventh straight road loss.
Richard Hamilton added 18 points and Tayshaun Prince had 14 points and matched a career high with 12 rebounds. Andrew Bogut led the Bucks with 21 points and 13 rebounds.
Hornets 90, Timberwolves 83
At Oklahoma City, Chris Paul had 24 points and eight assists and led a fourth-quarter rally to help New Orleans beat Minnesota.
Mark Blount scored 21 points to lead Minnesota, and Kevin Garnett had 17 points and 13 rebounds.
Nuggets 114, Trail Blazers 107
At Denver, Carmelo Anthony contributed 33 points but turned to his teammates in overtime as Denver downed Portland to snap a four-game skid.
Nene added a season-high 20 points in his best performance since tearing up a knee in last year's opener.
The Trail Blazers, who snapped an eight-game losing streak against Denver on Wednesday night, lost their seventh straight at the Pepsi Center.
Bulls 107, SuperSonics 101
At Seattle, Luol Deng had 27 points and 12 rebounds, Andres Nocioni supplied the pivotal scoring down the stretch and Chicago beat struggling Seattle.
Kirk Hinrich added 20 points and nine assists for Chicago, which won for the fourth time in five games.
The NBA said was re-evaluating its training program in China following allegations of abuse of young players by local staff and harassment of foreign staffers at a facility in Xinjiang. The comments come after a report by ESPN that quoted unnamed American coaches as saying that Chinese coaches hit young players. One American coach who worked at a camp in Xinjiang complained of harassment by local police, the sports network said. “The allegations in the ESPN article are disturbing,” NBA deputy commissioner Mark Tatum said in an e-mail statement on Thursday. “We ended our involvement with the basketball academy in Xinjiang in June
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