Chris Paul scored 29 points and the Los Angeles Clippers rallied from a 19-point deficit in the third quarter to beat the Utah Jazz, 116-114, Friday night in Salt Lake City, stretching their winning streak to 16 games.
Ex-Clipper Randy Foye’s 3-pointer at the buzzer was contested by Matt Barnes, but no foul was called. Foye had a season-high 28 points for Utah.
Paul scored the Clippers’ final 7 points, most from the free throw line, as Los Angeles extended the NBA’s longest winning streak this season.
The Jazz led, 74-55, with 8:08 left in the third on a pair of free throws by Paul Millsap. But the Clippers outscored Utah, 29-14, the rest of the quarter to get within 88-84.
Nets 97, Bobcats 81 — P.J. Carlesimo won in his debut as interim coach and Brook Lopez had 26 points and 11 rebounds as host Brooklyn handed Charlotte its 17th straight loss.
A day after firing Avery Johnson, the Nets played as they did last month, when they were 11-4 and Johnson was Eastern Conference coach of the month.
Hakim Warrick scored 13 points for the Bobcats, who dropped to 7-22.
Pistons 109, Heat 99 — Will Bynum had 25 points and 10 assists and Detroit’s bench scored 64 points to beat visiting Miami despite 35 points by LeBron James.
Miami was without Dwyane Wade, suspended for a game by the NBA for flailing his leg and making contact with a Charlotte player Wednesday.
Kings 106, Knicks 105 — James Johnson made a 3-pointer at the buzzer, lifting host Sacramento over New York after blowing an early 27-point lead.
The Knicks played their second straight game without leading scorer Carmelo Anthony, who sat out with a hyperextended left knee.
Spurs 122, Rockets 116 — Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili combined to score 84 points, and host San Antonio snapped Houston’s five-game winning streak.
Parker had 31 points and 10 assists, Duncan had 30 points and five rebounds, and Ginobili had a season-high 23 points for San Antonio. James Harden scored 33 points for Houston.
Wizards 105, Magic 97 — Jordan Crawford scored 27 points and host Washington broke an eight-game losing streak by beating Orlando.
Nuggets 106, Mavericks 85 — Daniro Gallinari scored a career-high 39 points and Denver spoiled Dirk Nowitzki’s first home game since returning from knee surgery, limiting him to 5 points in 17 minutes.
Lakers 104, Trail Blazers 87 — Kobe Bryant scored 27 points and Dwight Howard added 21 points, 14 rebounds, and 3 blocks as host Los Angeles routed Portland.
Pacers 97, Suns 91 — George Hill scored 22 points, including three 3-pointers, and host Indiana beat Phoenix for its fourth straight win.
Hawks 102, Cavaliers 94 — Jeff Teague scored a career-high 27 points and visiting Atlanta scored the game’s final 9 points to beat Cleveland.
Warriors 96, 76ers 89 — David Lee had 25 points and 12 rebounds to power host Golden State past Philadelphia.
Raptors 104, Hornets 97 — DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points, Kyle Lowry had two big baskets in overtime, and visiting Toronto held off New Orleans.