Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul (3) shoots against Golden State Warriors guard Steve Blake (25) and forward Draymond Green (23) during the second half at Staples Center. Photo by Gary A. Vasquez, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters
Clippers 111, Warriors 98
With forward Blake Griffin leading the way again, the Los Angeles Clippers extended their winning streak to a season-high nine games with a victory over the Golden State Warriors.
Griffin finished with 30 points and 15 rebounds as Los Angeles (46-20) halted the Warriors' winning streak at five games. Griffin, who also had three steals and another highlight-reel dunk, scored at least 20 points for a career-best 24th consecutive game.
Klay Thompson led the Warriors (41-25) with 26 points.
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Bobcats 98, Wizards 85
Center Al Jefferson scored 26 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the surging Charlotte Bobcats pulled away in the fourth quarter for a victory over the Washington Wizards.
Neither team led by more than six until Charlotte (31-34) took control with 11 straight points in the final period.
Guard John Wall scored 23 points for the Wizards, though none came in the fourth quarter. Washington (33-31) lost their second game in a row and fell to 16-16 at home this season.
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Nuggets 120, Magic 112
Kenneth Faried scored 26 points and Wilson Chandler 21 in leading the Denver Nuggets to a victory over the Orlando Magic.
Reserve J.J Hickson had 20 points and nine rebounds in just 22 minutes, giving the Nuggets (28-36) a big spark early in the fourth period.
The Magic (19-47) were led by guard Arron Afflalo, who had 24 points.