Clippers rally past Mavs; Paul hurt, to miss several weeks
DALLAS — DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin found a way to win without Chris Paul.
The big men for the Los Angeles Clippers are going to have to keep it up because their star guard will be out at least a few weeks.
Jordan scored a career-high 25 points to match Griffin, and the Clippers rallied to beat the Dallas Mavericks 119-112 Friday night after losing Paul when he separated his right, shooting shoulder.
Jordan and Griffin combined for 10 points on a 16-2 game-closing run to wipe out a 110-103 deficit in the final 4 minutes. Jordan was 11 of 14 from the field and had 18 rebounds, while Griffin added 15 boards.
Then they found out that Paul, who had 19 points at halftime, will be out three to five weeks.
Coach Doc Rivers said Paul could be out longer and will go to Los Angeles for evaluation while the Clippers head to San Antonio to face the defending Western Conference champion Spurs tonight.
"It changes for everybody," said Darren Collison, who figures to start in Paul's place and had a season-high 22 points in his first game against the Mavericks after playing one season in Dallas. "Everybody's got to step up and play big. But we'll be fine."
Dirk Nowitzki was a game-time decision with a sprained left ankle but hit six of his first seven shots and had 14 points at halftime on his way to 24 for the Mavericks, who were up 13 in the first half and didn't trail until the third quarter.
After Shawn Marion put the Mavericks up 110-103, Griffin had an alley-oop dunk on an assist from Jordan, and Jordan followed with a three-point play.
Nowitzki broke a 110-all tie with a jumper, but Griffin sent the Clippers back in front for good on a three-point play. He was 11 of 13 on free throws.
"They've got those two big guys and I know it's a load, but we've got to do a better job," said Dallas guard Monta Ellis, who had 13 points and nine assists. "That was a tough one."
The Mavericks missed six of their last seven shots and had two late turnovers, including one when Ellis dribbled off himself with Jordan guarding him and the Clippers up 115-112.
Warriors 101, Hawks 100
At Atlanta, Andre Iguodala hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer, David Lee scored 23 points and Golden State won its eighth straight game.
Stephen Curry added 22 points with nine assists and Klay Thompson 21 for Golden State, which recovered from a 15-point deficit in the fourth quarter to get back in the game and extend its road winning streak to five straight.
Pero Antic finished with a career-high 16 points and Shelvin Mack had 15 for the Hawks. Atlanta had won three of four and six of eight.
Nuggets 111, Grizzlies 108
At Denver, Ty Lawson scored 18 points, including a key 3-pointer with less than a minute to play, and Denver snapped an eight-game losing streak by beating Memphis.
Lawson also had 12 assists for the Nuggets, who played without Andre Miller. His two-game suspension stemming from a verbal clash with coach Brian Shaw during Wednesday's loss to the Philadelphia 76ers was rescinded by the club, but Miller will remain away from the club, excused from all team activities, until Monday under a newly issued personal leave.
Lakers 110, Jazz 99
At Los Angeles, Pau Gasol had 23 points and 17 rebounds and injury-riddled Los Angeles defeated Utah using its sixth different starting point guard of the season.
Kendall Marshall was given the assignment by coach Mike D'Antoni, who has used 18 different starting lineups this season. He was the 14th player to start a game for the Lakers overall, finishing with 20 points and 15 assists.
Raptors 101, Wizards 88
At Washington, DeMar DeRozan scored 20 points, Kyle Lowry outplayed John Wall with 19 points and 11 assists, and Toronto won its season-high fifth consecutive game by beating Washington.
Atlantic Division-leading Toronto improved to 16-15, the first time since January 2010 its winning percentage has been above .500 at least 30 games into a season.
Pelicans 95, Celtics 92
At Boston, Anthony Davis had 23 points and nine rebounds and Tyreke Evans scored 16 points with a key basket late to lead New Orleans over Boston.
The win may prove costly for the Pelicans after reserve forward Ryan Anderson was taken from the court on a stretcher after he collided with Boston's Gerald Wallace early in the fourth quarter. Both players went to the floor hard.
Rockets 102, Knicks 100
At Houston, James Harden scored 37 points and Aaron Brooks made a pair of free throws with 17 seconds left to send Houston past New York.
The Knicks had a chance to tie it at the end of the game, but Iman Shumpert missed a shot before Andrea Bargnani grabbed a rebound and dished it to Beno Udrih, whose running jump shot rolled in and out of the basket at the buzzer.