LOS ANGELES — Caron Butler scored 17 of his 19 points in the opening quarter when the Clippers shot 77 percent and Los Angeles led all the way in beating the Houston Rockets 106-96 on Wednesday night for their third win in a row.
Blake Griffin had 20 points and 11 rebounds, Chauncey Billups had 19 points, Jamal Crawford scored 13 points and Chris Paul had 10 points and 11 assists as the Clippers started all their regulars after the lineup had been hit by injuries during their recent Grammy road trip.
Spurs 96, Cavaliers 95
At Cleveland, Kawhi Leonard made a 3-pointer with 2.9 seconds remaining to give San Antonio its 14th win in 15 games with a victory over Cleveland.
Raptors 92, Knicks 88
At New York, reserve Alan Anderson scored 26 points in one of the few good offensive performances for either team, and Toronto beat New York for its fourth straight victory.
DeMar DeRozan added 20 points for the Raptors, who overcame a 4-for-21 performance from Rudy Gay.
Mavericks 123, Kings 100
At Dallas, Vince Carter scored 26 points to pass Larry Bird on the NBA's career scoring list, and Dallas Mavericks headed into the All-Star break with a victory against Sacramento.
Carter scored 17 of Dallas' last 21 points in the third quarter to help turn aside a Sacramento rally.
Nets 119, Nuggets 108
At New York, Joe Johnson scored 26 points, including five 3-pointers, and C.J Watson added 25 points and five 3s to help Brooklyn beat Denver.
All-Star center Brook Lopez had 23 points and eight rebounds, and Kris Humphries chipped in with 14 points for Brooklyn.
Pacers 101, Bobcats 77
At Indianapolis, Paul George posted his first career triple-double with 23 points, 12 rebounds and a career-high 12 assists, and Indiana snapped a two-game skid with a win over Charlotte.
Hawks 108, Magic 76
At Orlando, Fla., Josh Smith had 30 points and 10 rebounds, and Al Horford added 26 points and 12 rebounds to help Atlanta blow past Orlando.
Celtics 71, Bulls 69
At Boston, Kevin Garnett scored eight of his 12 points in the fourth quarter and added 11 rebounds, and Boston overcame poor shooting to beat Chicago.
Paul Pierce went only 2 for 12 from the floor but he hit a 3-pointer that bounced around the rim to give Boston a five-point lead with 3 minutes to play. The Celtics shot just 36.8 percent but still had the advantage over the Bulls, who made just 36.5 percent of their shots.
Pistons 96, Wizards 85
At Auburn Hills, Mich., Will Bynum scored six of his 20 points during a late run to help lead Detroit to a win over Washington.
Bucks 94, 76ers 92
At Milwaukee, Monta Ellis scored 28 points, Brandon Jennings added 21 and Milwaukee rallied in the fourth quarter for a victory over Philadelphia.
Samuel Dalembert had 17 points and 14 rebounds for the Bucks, who ended a four-game losing streak.
Milwaukee heads into the All-Star break with a four-game lead over the 76ers for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Jazz 97, Timberwolves 93
At Minneapolis, Al Jefferson had 20 points and 11 rebounds, and Paul Millsap scored 21 points to power Utah Jazz to a victory over Minnesota.