Clip­pers crush Nets for sev­enth straight vic­tory

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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. Bo­jan Bog­danovic led the Nets with 18 points and Sean Kil­patrick added 14. Brook­lyn’s sea­son-high 22 turnovers led to 35 points by the Clip­pers. J.J. Redick added 18 points, Luc Mbah a Moute scored 11 points and DeAn­dre Jor­dan had 14 re­bounds for the Clip­pers, who shot 53 per­cent from the floor while ex­tend­ing the best start in fran­chise his­tory. Their 127 points were a sea­son high.

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. Ga­sol had 12 points, Parker added 11 points and six as­sists and Green was lim­ited to three points in 15 min­utes. The Heat lost their fifth straight game. Dion Wait­ers, who hurt San An­to­nio in the play­offs last sea­son while with Ok­la­homa City, had 27 points for Mi­ami. Has­san White­side had 23 points and 17 re­bounds.

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 in the Na­tional Basketball League on Mon­day night. Langston Gal­loway scored a sea­son-high 21 points, while Ter­rence Jones added 15 points and a sea­son-high 10 re­bounds for New Or­leans, which has won two of three af­ter an 08 start. Isa­iah Thomas scored 37 for Bos­ton, in­clud­ing a driv­ing scoop that tied the game with 7 sec­onds left. But Bos­ton’s Kelly Olynyk fouled New Or­leans guard Tim Fra­zier with 2.5 sec­onds left, and Fra­zier sank one free throw for the mar­gin of vic­tory. Avery Bradley had 19 points and 10 re­bounds, and Mar­cus Smart scored 15 points for Bos­ton.

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. Vo­gel coached the Pac­ers for more than five sea­sons be­fore he was let go in May. He was quickly scooped up by Or­lando. The crowd cheered when Vo­gel was in­tro­duced be­fore the game. Paul Ge­orge had 13 points, six re­bounds and five as­sists for the Pac­ers, who pulled away in the sec­ond half. Monta El­lis also scored 13 points, and Jeff Teague fin­ished with 11. Or­lando shot 32 per­cent from the field. Evan Fournier led the Magic with 14 points on 4-of-15 shooting, and Aaron Gor­don had 11.

ROCK­ETS 115, 76ERS 88

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. The Rock­ets had a three-point lead with five min­utes left in the first quar­ter when Har­den took over, scor­ing all of Houston’s points in a 17-9 run to make it 35-24. The Six­ers were led by Joel Em­biid and Er­san Ilyasova, who had 13 points apiece.

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. An­thony scored 17 in the third quar­ter and 20 in the sec­ond half af­ter shooting 1 for 6 in the first half. Porzingis fin­ished with 11 re­bounds. Har­ri­son Barnes scored 20 points and J.J. Barea had 17 for the Mav­er­icks, who are still with­out Dirk Now­itzki and Deron Williams.

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. The Pis­tons (6-5) im­proved to 5-0 at home de­spite be­ing with­out their two best play­ers. Reg­gie Jack­son hasn’t played this sea­son due to knee ten­dini­tis, and An­dre Drum­mond was side­lined with a sprained an­kle. Rus­sell West­brook had 33 points, 15 re­bounds and eight as­sists for Ok­la­homa City (6-5), which has dropped four in a row. Vic­tor Oladipo fin­ished with nine points, but he was the only other starter to score more than four. Ken­tavi­ous Cald­well-Pope added 17 points for Detroit.

GRIZ­ZLIES 102, JAZZ 96

Marc Ga­sol scored a sea­son-high 22 points, pow­er­ing Mem­phis to the road win. The Griz­zlies used a 9-2 run sparked by Mike Conley’s 3-pointer and a 3-point play by Ga­sol to take a 94-88 lead with 1:25 re­main­ing. Mem­phis led by as many as 13, but the Jazz kept an­swer­ing with big plays from Joe In­gles and Trey Lyles. Conley had 18 points and seven as­sists for Mem­phis, and Zach Ran­dolph added 18 points and 10 re­bounds. In­gles scored a ca­reer-high 20 points and Lyles fin­ished with 18. — AP

— AP

LOS AN­GE­LES: Los An­ge­les Clip­pers cen­ter Di­a­mond Stone, left, shoots and scores his first NBA bas­ket as Brook­lyn Nets for­ward Chris McCul­lough de­fends dur­ing the sec­ond half of an NBA basketball game, Mon­day, in Los An­ge­les. The Clip­pers won 127-95.

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