Paul lifts Clippers over Grizzlies
MEMPHIS – Chris Paul had 19 points and 13 assists, and DeAndre Jordan added 15 points and 22 rebounds to lead the Los Angeles Clippers past the Memphis Grizzlies 97-79 on Friday night.
Jamal Crawford also had 19 points, and J.J. Redick finished with 18. Matt Barnes added 13 for the Clippers. Zach Randolph led Memphis with 20 points and 10 rebounds, while connecting on 10 of 18 shots. Courtney Lee added 12 points, while Marc Gasol scored 11 as the Grizzlies lost their second straight.
Jordan helped the Clippers hold a 47-41 advantage in rebounds. Los Angeles finished by shooting 46 percent, including Redick, Paul and Crawford connecting on half of their shots. The Clippers were 9-for-26 from outside the arc, including seven of 12 in the second half. Memphis shot only 38 percent, including Gasol going 5-for-12 and Mike Conley missing nine of his 11 shots. Jeff Green missed all six of his shots.
•THOMPSON LIFTS WARRIORS: Klay Thompson scored 25 points, Stephen Curry had 22 and Golden State never trailed in an emphatic 113-89 victory over struggling Toronto. Draymond Green had 17 points and nine rebounds for the Warriors, who bounced back from Thursday's 110-99 loss at Cleveland and improved to 10-2 in the second game of back-to-backs, the best mark in the NBA.
•BLAZERS SURVIVE WESTBROOK: LaMarcus Aldridge and Damien Lillard scored 29 points each to offset Russell Westbrook's 40 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists as Portland beat Oklahoma City 115-112.
•JAMESLESS CAVS LOSE:With LeBron James (back) and Kyrie Irving (shoulder) sidelined, Rodney Stuckey scored 19 points and George Hill had his first career triple-double in the Pacers' 93-86 victory over the Cavaliers. Kevin Love finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
•SIXERS SURPRISE WIZARDS: Nerlens Noel had 14 points and 13 rebounds in the 76ers' 89-81 victory over the Wizards. Robert Covington added 13 points and Jason Richardson 12 to help Philadelphia stop a five-game winning streak and win for the first time since trading Michael Carter-Williams.
•PELICANS ON FIRE: Alexis Ajinca made the go-ahead layup with 26 seconds left and scored a career-high 24 points to help New Orleans win its fourth straight, 104-102 over the Heat.
• ROCKETS PREVAIL: Terrence Jones scored a season-high 26 points, James Harden made the tiebreaking free throw with 43 seconds left and followed that with a jumper, and Houston beat Brooklyn 102-98.