NBA roundup: Clippers quiet NBA-best Thunder

The streaky Jamal Crawford was feeling it against Oklahoma City, pouring in 36 points for the Clippers.
The streaky Jamal Crawford was feeling it against Oklahoma City, pouring in 36 points for the Clippers.

Jamal Crawford scored 36 points to help the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Thunder, 125-117, on Sunday afternoon in Oklahoma City.

NBA scoring leader Kevin Durant was good for 42 points, but such performances are almost expected from him. Crawford, a notoriously streaky player, averages about 19 points. He made 5 of 8 3-pointers, many of which were launched from well beyond the line.

Matt Barnes scored 24 points, Chris Paul had 18 points, 12 assists, and 8 rebounds, and Blake Griffin scored 20 points for the Clippers, who snapped a two-game skid and beat the team with the league’s best record.


Durant also had 10 assists, and Serge Ibaka added 20 points for the Thunder, who lost their second straight. It was the most points the Thunder have allowed this season, and it came on the heels of a 103-81 home loss to Miami on Thursday.

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Heat 93, Bulls 79 — LeBron James was a late scratch with a broken nose, but Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade carried Miami against visiting Chicago.

Bosh tied a career high with four 3-pointers and had 28 points and 10 rebounds, while Wade added 23 points, 10 rebounds, and 7 assists.

The Bulls shot 36 percent, went 6 for 21 from 3-point range, and were called for six 24-second violations. Joakim Noah had 20 points, 15 rebounds, and 4 blocks for Chicago, which had won five in a row.

Rockets 115, Suns 112 — Patrick Beverley sank the go-ahead 3-pointer with 34.3 seconds to play as Houston escaped Phoenix with a win.


Dwight Howard scored 25 points, James Harden 23, and Beverley 20 for the Rockets, who trailed by 10 entering the fourth quarter.

Goran Dragic scored a career-high 35 for the Suns, but missed what would have been the game-tying 3 at the buzzer.

Trail Blazers 108, Timberwolves 97 — Kevin Love stayed hot with 31 points and 10 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough to lift Minnesota in Portland.

 Damian Lillard scored a game-high 32 points and had five assists and Nicolas Batum contributed 22 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 blocks for Portland, which was without the injured LaMarcus Aldridge (groin).

Nets 108, Lakers 102 — Deron Williams had 30 points, 7 assists, 6 steals, and 5 rebounds, Paul Pierce added 25 points and seven rebounds, and Brooklyn dropped host Los Angeles.

Kings 109, Nuggets 95 — Isaiah Thomas scored 33 points, Rudy Gay had 32, and Sacramento got its first win in Denver in six years. DeMarcus Cousins added 27 points for the Kings.

Raptors 105, Magic 90 — Kyle Lowry scored 28 points, DeMar DeRozan had 24, and Toronto handed Orlando its 15th straight road loss.

Wizards 93, Cavaliers 83 — John Wall scored 21 points, Bradley Beal had 17, and Washington won in Cleveland.