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  • Clips win battle of LA

  • LOS ANGELES — Chris Paul had 30 points and 13 assists, Blake Griffin added 24 points and the Los Angeles Clippers led all the way in beating the Lakers 107-102 on Friday night.
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  • LOS ANGELES — Chris Paul had 30 points and 13 assists, Blake Griffin added 24 points and the Los Angeles Clippers led all the way in beating the Lakers 107-102 on Friday night.
    Kobe Bryant scored 38 points and Dwight Howard had 21 points and 15 rebounds for the Lakers, who lost for the second time this season to their Staples Center co-tenants.
    Bryant carried the Lakers in the fourth quarter when they closed to 99-97 on his 23-foot jumper with 1:29 left. But Paul scored the Clippers' final eight points to seal the victory and drop the Lakers two games below .500. The Clippers lead the Lakers by 10 games in the standings.
    The Lakers continue to struggle under new coach Mike D'Antoni. They've lost three of their past four games.
    The Clippers shot 50 percent and dominated the paint, 52-36.
    Bryant scored 16 points in the fourth, when the Lakers rallied from 19 points down. The Clippers fouled for much of the final 5:51. Howard missed two free throws but then made two to get the Lakers within four before Bryant's jumper left them trailing 99-97.
    Rockets 115, Bucks 101
    At Milwaukee, James Harden scored 29 points to lead Houston over Milwaukee.
    Harden shot 11 of 18 from the floor to go with seven assists and four steals for Houston, which has won 10 of its last 13 games.
    The Rockets, who shot 54 percent from the field, also got 22 points from Carlos Delfino in his return to Milwaukee.
    Bulls 96, Heat 89
    At Miami, Carlos Boozer scored 27 points and the Chicago Bulls dominated on the boards to become only the third visiting team to win in Miami this season.
    Chicago outrebounded Miami 48-28. The Bulls had 19 offensive rebounds to four for the Heat.
    Nets 115, Wizards 113, 2 OT
    At Washington, Joe Johnson's jumper with 0.7 seconds left in the second overtime lifted Brooklyn over Washington.
    Bradley Beal's two free throws tied the score at 113 with 9.1 seconds to play before Johnson, who had 18 points, hit the shot that improved Brooklyn to 4-1 under interim coach P.J. Carlesimo.
    Thunder 109, 76ers 85
    At Oklahoma City, Russell Westbrook scored 27 points, Kevin Durant added 26 and Oklahoma City bounced back from a rare home loss to beat Philadelphia.
    Oklahoma City made eight of its first 10 3-point attempts in the second half and never trailed after scoring the final five points before halftime.
    Cavaliers 106, Bobcats 104
    At Charlotte, N.C., Kyrie Irving scored 33 points, including a pull-up jumper from the foul line with one second left, to lift Cleveland over Charlotte.
    Irving had 14 of his team's final 16 points and 26 points in the second half as the Cavaliers snapped a three-game losing streak.
    Celtics 94, Pacers 75
    At Boston, Kevin Garnett scored 18 points before he was ejected for a flagrant foul in the fourth quarter, and the Celtics snapped a four-game losing streak.
    Rajon Rondo added 18 points, seven assists and five rebounds for Boston, which had lost eight of 10 to fall a season-worst three games below .500. Garnett also had seven rebounds.
    Pistons 85, Hawks 94
    At Auburn Hills, Mich., Austin Daye had a season-best 20 points and Detroit earned its fourth consecutive victory.
    The Hawks, who trailed by as many as 19, had the ball in the final seconds, but Andre Drummond blocked Lou Williams' jumper at the buzzer to preserve the win.
    The Pistons have won six of seven overall, with the only loss coming in double overtime at Atlanta.
    Kings 105, Raptors 96
    At Toronto, DeMarcus Cousins scored a season-high 31 points and matched his career high with 20 rebounds, John Salmons scored eight of his 20 points in the fourth quarter and Sacramento beat Toronto.
    Jason Thompson scored 14 points and Isaiah Thomas had 11 as the Kings won their second straight road game. Sacramento had gone 1-13 away from home before winning at Cleveland on Wednesday.
    Jazz 87, Suns 80
    At Phoenix, Al Jefferson scored 21 points and Paul Millsap added 19 to lead Utah past slumping Phoenix.
    Gordon Hayward added 14 points off the bench for the Jazz, who have won consecutive games for the first time since Dec. 5-12.
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