NBA roundup

NBA roundup: Clippers stop Pacers

Chris Paul scored 29 points, and Blake Griffin finished with 18 points and 14 rebounds to help the Los Angeles Clippers hold off Indiana’s late charge for a 99-91 victory Thursday night in In­dianapolis.

The Clippers have won three straight and seven of their past eight.

David West led the Pacers with 22 points, while All-Star Paul George had 20 points and five assists. Danny Granger finished with a season-high 12 points.


But without the suspended Roy Hibbert, the Pacers barely resembled the team that had won five straight by an average margin of 23.8 points.

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Instead, Indiana had the lead only once in the first half and only three times in the third quarter — never by more than 2 points.

And each time Indiana appeared to be on the verge of taking control, the Clippers answered the challenge.

Jamal Crawford added 23 points off the bench for Los Angeles and the Clippers forced 20 Indiana turnovers.

Lakers 116, Timberwolves 94 — Kobe Bryant scored 33 points and Antawn Jamison added 17 in Los Angeles’s 21st consecutive victory over visiting Minnesota.


Bryant and Jodie Meeks each hit four of Los Angeles’s 16 3-pointers, and Meeks finished with 16 points.

The Lakers have won 12 of 17 and five of seven while moving within two games of Houston for the eighth playoff position in the Western Conference.

J.J. Barea led the Timberwolves with 20 points. Minnesota has lost 20 of 24.

Bulls 93, 76ers 82 — Joakim Noah had 23 points, 21 rebounds, and a career-high 11 blocks for his third career triple-double as host Chicago ended a two-game losing streak by beating Philadelphia.