Pacers improve to 16-1 in win over Clippers
December 3, 2013, 12:08 am TWN
David West scored 14 of his 24 points in the third quarter and grabbed 12 rebounds, and Paul George had 27 points as the league-leading Indiana Pacers improved their best start in club history to 16-1 with a 105-100 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday.
Roy Hibbert added 19 points to the Pacers' seventh straight win.
Jamal Crawford led the Clippers with 20 points. Chris Paul had 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Blake Griffin scored 16 and pulled down 12 rebounds — equaling teammate DeAndre Jordan's total.
The defending Pacific Division champion Clippers played their first game since finding out that J.J. Redick will be sidelined six to eight weeks because of a broken bone in his shooting hand and a ligament tear in his right elbow.
Heat 99, Bobcats 98 Chris Bosh scored 13 straight points for Miami in the final minutes, including a trio of 3-pointers that capped a late rally as the Heat found a way to beat Charlotte to extend its winning streak to 10 games.
Bosh's three 3s came in a 79-second span, the last of them putting Miami up 93-91 with 1:20 left.
LeBron James led the Heat with 26 points, Bosh finished with 22, Dwyane Wade scored 17 and Mario Chalmers added 12 for Miami, which has beaten the Bobcats 14 straight times.
Kemba Walker scored 27 points for the Bobcats, who had led the entire second half until Bosh's barrage. Gerald Henderson scored 17, and Al Jefferson finished with 16 points and 13 rebounds for Charlotte.
Thunder 113, Timberwolves 103 Kevin Durant recorded his first triple-double of the season with 32 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists as Oklahoma City rallied for yet another fourth-quarter win, beating Minnesota.
Oklahoma City extended its winning streak to seven games, tops in the Western Conference, and moved to 9-0 on the season at home. It's the franchise's longest home winning streak to open a season since the 2004-05 campaign, when the team played in Seattle.
Kevin Martin, in his return to Oklahoma City after joining Minnesota during the offseason, led the Timberwolves with 24 points, while Nikola Pekovic had 22 points and 10 rebounds. The Thunder have beaten Minnesota eight straight times at home, dating to the 2008-09 season, the franchise's first in Oklahoma City.
Other games on Sunday:
Pelicans 103, Knicks 99
Warriors 115, Kings 113
Trail Blazers 114, Lakers 108
Pistons 115, 76ers 100
Nuggets 112, Raptors 98