Griffin, Jordan lead Clippers over Pistons
LOS ANGELES — Blake Griffin scored 18 points, DeAndre Jordan had 16 points and 15 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Clippers breezed to a 113-99 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Monday night.
Chris Paul had 11 points and eight assists. He committed one turnover in 24 minutes, after getting six in each of his previous two games. Paul finished last season with a league-best 4.57 assist-to-turnover ratio. Jodie Meeks had 20 points for Detroit.
J.J. Redick scored 14 points, and his streak of 29 games with a 3-pointer ended one game shy of teammate Matt Barnes' franchise record.
Jodie Meeks had 20 points and Andre Drummond had 18 points and 13 rebounds for the Pistons, who were coming off road wins against Phoenix and Sacramento after losing 13 straight.
The Clippers led 55-44 at halftime. Griffin set up a pair of alley-oop dunks by Jordan 68 seconds apart, capping a 16-4 run that turned a one-point deficit into a 47-36 lead with 4:41 left in the second quarter.
CAVALIERS 97, HORNETS 88: At Cleveland, LeBron James scored 27 points with 13 assists for Cleveland and Kevin Love added 22 points and 18 rebounds.
The Cavaliers jumped to a 21-0 lead, but the Hornets regrouped and got within two points early in the third quarter before the Cavaliers pulled away.
CELTICS 105, 76ERS 87: At Philadelphia, Kelly Olynyk scored a career-high 30 points, leading the Celtics.
Avery Bradley had 15 points, and Brandon Bass and Jeff Green added 14 apiece for Boston (8-14), which snapped a three-game skid.
Rookie Nerlens Noel had a career-high 19 points for the 76ers (2-22).
RAPTORS 95, MAGIC 82: At Toronto, Lou Williams scored 18 points, Kyle Lowry had 17 and the Raptors won their 10th straight game over the Magic.
Amir Johnson scored 11 points and Patrick Patterson had 10 for the Raptors, who improved to 11-1 this season against opponents with losing records. This was Toronto’s third of six straight games against teams below .500.
PACERS 110, LAKERS 91: At Indianapolis, Rodney Stuckey scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Indiana.
Los Angeles shot 33 percent from the floor and trailed by 39 points during the game.
Kobe Bryant led the Lakers in scoring with 21 points, shooting 8 of 26 from the floor.
HAWKS 93, BULLS 86: At Atlanta, Al Horford scored 21 points, including a huge jumper with just under a minute remaining, and the streaking Hawks won for the 10th time in 11 games.
The Hawks led most of the way, but never by more than 10 points. After Taj Gibson’s dunk with 1:13 remaining brought the Bulls to 87-84, Horford got loose for a 19-footer on the wing and knocked it down.
BUCKS 96, SUNS 94: At Phoenix, Khris Middleton hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to boost Milwaukee.
Middleton's shot bounced off the backboard and curled into the net for the game winner. It was the biggest three points of the 14 he scored on the night. The Bucks trailed 94-93 after Markieff Morris knocked down a 14-foot jumper from inside the free-throw line with 3.9 seconds left.
Morris led the Suns with 25 points, including two buckets in the last 24 seconds of a back-and-forth final five minutes.