Pacers 105, Clippers 100
David West scored 14 of his 24 points in the third quarter and grabbed 12 rebounds, Paul George had 27 points, and the league-leading Indiana Pacers improved their best start in franchise history to 16-1 by beating the host Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday.
Roy Hibbert added 19 points to the Pacers’ seventh win in a row.
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.
West capped a 13-3 run with an 18-footer and two free throws to give the Pacers their biggest lead, 74-60, with 4:48 left in the third. Los Angeles closed to 93-89 on Jordan’s dunk off an alley-oop lob from backup point guard Darren Collison with 7:12 left.
Collison then hit an 18-footer and made one of two free throws before Crawford intercepted a pass by George Hill and set up a fast-break dunk by Collison that tied the score at 94-all with 4:52 remaining. But Hill responded with a three-point play, then sank three free throws with 3:04 left for a 100-96 margin after Collison fouled him on a three-point attempt.
Another alley-oop dunk by Jordan pulled the Clippers within 102-100 with 1:05 to go, and they had a chance to tie it again after a missed 3-point shot by Lance Stephenson at the other end. But Paul missed a 15-footer that rattled around the rim, and the Pacers made 3-of-4 free throws in the final 6.9 seconds to put it away.
Heat 99, Bobcats 98
Chris Bosh scored 13 consecutive points for Miami in the final minutes, including three 3-pointers that capped a late rally, and the host Heat found a way to beat the Charlotte Bobcats to extend their winning streak to 10 games.
Bosh’s three 3s came in a 79-second span, the last of them putting Miami up 93-91 with 1:20 left.
LeBron James led the Heat with 26 points, Bosh finished with 22, Dwyane Wade scored 17 and Mario Chalmers added 12 for Miami, which has beaten the Bobcats 14 straight times.
Kemba Walker scored 27 points for the Bobcats, who had led the entire second half until Bosh’s barrage.
Nuggets 112, Raptors 98
Nate Robinson scored 23 points off the bench, and the Denver Nuggets defeated the host Toronto Raptors.
The diminutive guard hit five 3-pointers, including back-to-back baskets with just over two minutes to go, as the Nuggets pulled away to win their sixth in a row.
Denver’s bench scoring was the difference. The Nuggets’ reserves outscored their Raptors counterparts 72-16.
Pistons 115, 76ers 100
Andre Drummond had 31 points and 19 rebounds as the host Detroit Pistons beat the Philadelphia 76ers.
Drummond was limited to 34 minutes, but he still became the first player to have at least 31 points, 19 rebounds and six steals in a game since Hakeem Olajuwon in 1990.
Warriors 115, Kings 113
Stephen Curry made two free throws with 8.6 seconds left and had 12 of his 36 points in the fourth quarter, helping the visiting Golden State Warriors beat the Sacramento Kings.
Klay Thompson connected on a career-high eight 3-pointers and scored 28 points for Golden State.
Thunder 113, Timberwolves 103
Kevin Durant recorded his first triple-double of the season with 32 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder rallied for another fourth-quarter win. Oklahoma City extended its winning streak to seven games, tops in the Western Conference, and moved to 9-0 on the season at home.
Kevin Martin, in his return to Oklahoma City after joining Minnesota during the offseason, led the Timberwolves with 24 points, while Nikola Pekovic had 22 points and 10 rebounds.
Pelicans 103, Knicks 99
The visiting New Orleans Pelicans outscored the New York Knicks 15-6 over the final half of the fourth quarter to overcome a 93-88 deficit and win at Madison Square Garden. Ryan Anderson scored 31 points off the bench to lead the Pelicans. Carmelo Anthony scored 23 points to pace the Knicks.