Paul, Clippers end Thunder's winning streak
LOS ANGELES — Chris Paul had 26 points and 14 assists, Blake Griffin added 22 points and a monstrous dunk, and the Los Angeles Clippers beat Oklahoma City 112-100 Monday night, snapping the Thunder's four-game winning streak in a matchup of division leaders.
Caron Butler also had 22 points, Chauncey Billups scored 13, Mo Williams 12 and DeAndre Jordan had 11 with 11 rebounds as the Pacific-leading Clippers dunked with high-flying abandon against the team with the NBA's best record at 16-4. They won their third in a row to follow up a 109-105 victory at Denver a night earlier that began a stretch of five games in seven nights.
Kevin Durant had 36 points and 13 rebounds, and Russell Westbrook added 31 for the Northwest-leading Thunder, whose league-best road record dropped to 8-3. They had won 11 of their previous 12.
Daequan Cook was the only other Oklahoma City player in double figures with 12 points. Durant and Westbrook scored all but two of the Thunder's 25 points in the third quarter, which the Clippers ended on a 3-pointer by Paul to lead 90-70.
Griffin's one-handed jam over Kendrick Perkins early in third sent the crowd into a frenzy, with Jordan grabbing Griffin from behind in a celebratory bear hug as the basket got replayed over and over.
Heat 109, Hornets 95
At Miami, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade each scored 22 points, Mike Miller added 14 off the bench and Miami shook off a slow start to run away from New Orleans.
James added 11 rebounds and eight assists for Miami, which won for the eighth time in nine games and ended up with six players in double figures. Chris Bosh and Norris Cole each scored 12 for the Heat, and Mario Chalmers added 11.
Bulls 98, Wizards 88
At Washington, Derrick Rose scored a season-high 35 points, Carlos Boozer had 18 and Kyle Korver added 17 to lead Chicago over Washington.
One day after a four-point loss in Miami, the Bulls rebounded to improve their Eastern Conference-leading record to 18-5. They had dropped two of three.
Mavericks 122, Suns 99
At Phoenix, Vince Carter scored 21 points against a Phoenix team that's still paying him and Dallas took advantage of Steve Nash's absence to rout the Suns.
Nash, the NBA assists leader, was out with a bruised left thigh.
76ers 74, Magic 69
At Philadelphia, Andre Iguodala had 14 points and 11 rebounds to lead the surprising Philadelphia 76ers past Orlando for their third straight win.
The Sixers raced to their best start in nearly a decade by taking advantage of a soft schedule for the first third of the season, but it gets tough from here. Orlando was the first opponent in a long run of games against winning teams that includes home games this week against Chicago and Miami.
Spurs 83, Grizzlies 73
At Memphis, Tenn., Matt Bonner scored 15 points, going 5 of 9 from outside the arc, and Tim Duncan added 14 as San Antonio sent Memphis to its fourth straight loss.
Rookie forward Kawhi Leonard had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Spurs, who snapped a two-game skid. Richard Jefferson scored 13 points, while Danny Green finished with 11.
Bucks 103, Pistons 82
At Milwaukee, Brandon Jennings had 21 points, reserve Mike Dunleavy added a season-high 20 on 8-of-10 shooting and Milwaukee rolled to an easy victory over skidding Detroit.
Drew Gooden shot 7 of 9 and scored 16 points for the Bucks.
Timberwolves 120, Rockets 108
At Houston, Michael Beasley scored 34 points, Ricky Rubio had 18 points and 11 assists and Minnesota beat the Rockets in coach Rick Adelman's return to Houston.
Kevin Love had 29 points for the Timberwolves, who broke open a close game with 42 points in the third for their highest-scoring quarter this season.