Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul (3) reaches for the ball while defended by New Orleans Pelicans guard Brian Roberts (22) during the third quarter at Staples Center. Photo by Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports/Reuters.
Clippers 108, Pelicans 76
The Los Angeles Clippers added to the misery of the New Orleans Pelicans, coasting to a 108-76 rout.
Point guard Chris Paul scored 21 points and dished out eight assists, while forward Blake Griffin added 20 points for Los Angeles in just three quarters.
The Clippers (41-20) captured their fourth straight and beat New Orleans for the sixth consecutive time. The Pelicans (23-26) fell to their seventh defeat in a row and their ninth in the last 11 games.
Timberwolves 108, Kings 97
Minnesota guard Kevin Martin scored 26 points and center Nikola Pekovic had 20 points and nine rebounds in their first games back after lengthy absences as the Timberwolves registered a 108-97 victory over the Sacramento Kings.
The Timberwolves (29-29) won their second straight and moved back to .500 for the first time since a 109-99 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Feb. 4.
Forward Rudy Gay scored 24 points to lead Sacramento (20-39).
Trail Blazers 102, Nuggets 96
Center Robin Lopez scored 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the Portland Trail Blazers' 102-96 victory over the Denver Nuggets.
Guard Damian Lillard added 17 points and forward Nicolas Batum contributed nine points, a career-high 16 rebounds and six assists for the Trail Blazers (41-18), who won their fifth straight game.
Forward Kenneth Faried collected 16 points and 10 rebounds and guard Evan Fournier had 16 points, seven rebounds and four assists for the Nuggets (25-33), who lost for the 10th time in 11 outings.