LOS ANGELES (AP) – Chris Paul had 21 points and nine assists while Blake Griffin added 20 points as the Los Angeles Clippers blitzed the Brooklyn Nets 127-95 on Monday night to improve to an NBA-best 10-1 with a seventh straight victory.
Los Angeles came in having outscored opponents by an average of 15.1 points, largest in the league. Brooklyn quickly found itself relegated to the Clippers’ quickly growing scrap heap.
SPURS 94, HEAT 90
Kawhi Leonard had 24 points and 12 rebounds and LaMarcus Aldridge added 18 points, leading San Antonio to the victory.
San Antonio’s projected starting five of Leonard, Aldridge, Pau Gasol, Tony Parker and Danny Green made its home debut after injuries to the starting backcourt led to five different starting lineups in the team’s first nine games.
PELICANS 106, CELTICS 105
Anthony Davis had 25 points, 16 rebounds, four steals and two blocks as the New Orleans Pelicans won for only the second time in their first 11 games, 106-105 over the Boston Celtics.
PACERS 88, MAGIC 69
C.J. Miles made four 3-pointers and scored 16 points as the Pacers spoiled Frank Vogel’s return to Indiana.
James Harden scored 23 of his 33 points in the first quarter, helping Houston to the easy win.
Harden, who posted a triple-double in his previous two games, added nine assists and seven rebounds.
KNICKS 93, MAVERICKS 77
Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis each scored 24 points as the Knicks rolled after a halftime lineup change.
The Knicks benched Joakim Noah, their $72 million free-agent signing, starting guard Justin Holiday and moved Porzingis to center in a small lineup. They responded by scoring 31 points in the third quarter after managing just 36 in an ugly first half.
PISTONS 104, THUNDER 88
Tobias Harris scored 22 points and Aron Baynes added 20 points and eight rebounds to help the short-handed Pistons beat the Thunder.
Russell Westbrook had 33 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists for Oklahoma City (6-5), which has dropped four in a row.
GRIZZLIES 102, JAZZ 96
Marc Gasol scored a season-high 22 points, powering Memphis to the road win.