CLIP­PERS ROLL ON ROAD AT CAVA­LIERS

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cleve­land» J.J. Redick scored 23 points, Blake Grif­fin matched a ca­reer high with 11 as­sists and the Los An­ge­les Clip­pers bounced back from a bru­tal loss with a 113-94 vic­tory on Thurs­day night over the Cleve­land Cava­liers, who have lost two straight for the first time as de­fend­ing NBA cham­pi­ons.

Chris Paul scored 16 and DeAn­dre Jor­dan had 15 re­bounds for the Clip­pers, who blew an 18-point lead and fell in dou­ble over­time at Brook­lyn on Tues­day.

Los An­ge­les took con­trol with a 13-2 run to open the third quar­ter.

Kyrie Irv­ing scored 28 points and LeBron James had 16 for the Cavs, who were out­played for the sec­ond game in a row.

THURS­DAY’S HIGH­LIGHTS

Gian­nis An­te­tok­oun­mpo had 23 points, eight re­bounds and eight as­sists, Jabari Parker scored 22 points and the Bucks beat the Nets 111-93. … Kemba Walker scored 18 points and the Hor­nets beat the Mav­er­icks 97-87. … Marc Ga­sol scored 25 points, in­clud­ing two free throws with 12.2 sec­onds re­main­ing to give the Griz­zlies a 95-94 vic­tory over the Magic. Ga­sol’s free throws com­pleted a 14-point come­back in the fourth quar­ter. Evan Fournier scored 28 points for the Magic. … Go­ran Dragic scored 27 points and the Heat beat the Jazz 111-110. Utah had the ball with 3.9 sec­onds re­main­ing, and Gor­don Hay­ward missed a con­tested midrange jumper be­fore time ex­pired.

FOOT­NOTES

Rivers fined. Clip­pers coach Doc Rivers was fined $15,000 by the NBA for ver­bally abus­ing a game of­fi­cial and fail­ing to leav­ing the court in a timely man­ner af­ter his ejec­tion in a dou­ble-over­time loss to Brook­lyn on Tues­day. … Pis­tons cen­ter An­dre Drum­mond was fined $15,000 by the NBA for strik­ing Hor­nets cen­ter Roy Hib­bert in the back of the head with an el­bow.

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