Curry scores 27 as War­riors beat Clip­pers 110-106

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Stephen Curry scored 27 points and Klay Thomp­son had 25 as the Golden State War­riors held off the Los An­ge­les Clip­pers 110-106 Tues­day for their 10th con­sec­u­tive victory.

David Lee added 17 points for the War­riors, who had lost four in a row at Sta­ples Cen­ter.

The Clip­pers blew a 17-point lead and had their seven-game win­ning streak bro­ken. Blake Grif­fin had 40 points and 12 re­bounds, Chris Paul added 27 points and nine as­sists, and J.J. Redick scored 14.

Paul’s layup drew the Clip­pers to 106-104 with 12 sec­onds left, but he was called for a back­court vi­o­la­tion tak­ing an in­bounds pass from De­An­dre Jor­dan with nine sec­onds left.

Thomp­son and Curry com­bined for four straight free throws to close out the win for the Pa­cific Di­vi­sion cham­pi­ons.

Else­where, Brook­lyn beat In­di­ana to re­claim sole pos­ses­sion of the eighth and fi­nal play­off spot in the Eastern Con­fer­ence with its sea­son- high fourth straight victory.

Brook Lopez had 24 points and 11 re­bounds and Joe John­son added 21 points, in­clud­ing five straight af­ter the Pac­ers got within three with about 2 min­utes left.

The Nets moved back ahead of Bos­ton and dealt a blow to the Pac­ers, who fell 1 1/2 games be­hind Brook­lyn for the fi­nal play­off spot. They will visit the Celtics on Wed­nes­day.

The East- l ead­ing At­lanta Hawks, mean­while, stum­bled on the road, los­ing to Detroit 105-95.

An­dre Drum­mond had 22 points and 13 re­bounds for the Pis­tons, who have won five of six.

Thabo Se­folosha scored 19 points for the Hawks, who have dropped two of three.

In Miami, Tony Parker scored 16 points in his 1,000th NBA game and Kawhi Leonard had 22 to lead San An­to­nio past the Heat 95-81.

San An­to­nio stayed No. 6 in the West, and could clinch a play­off berth Wed­nes­day in Or­lando.

The Heat re­mained in the No. 7 spot in the Eastern Con­fer­ence, but now are two losses be­hind Mil­wau­kee and only a half-game up on Brook­lyn.

AP

Brook­lyn Nets for­ward Joe John­son, cen­ter, de­fends In­di­ana Pac­ers guard C.J. Wat­son #32 as Pac­ers for­ward David West #21 watches, left, in the sec­ond half of an NBA game at the Bar­clays Cen­ter in New York on Tues­day, March 31.

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