Jamal Crawford steps up for Clippers

Los Angeles Clippers 117, Houston Rockets 109



HOUSTON — Jamal Crawford scored a season-high 30 points, including 12 in a row to start the fourth quarter, and the Los Angeles Clippers looked just fine without Chris Paul in a 117-109 win over the struggling Houston Rockets on Tuesday night.

The Clippers won their second game in a row despite missing their star point guard, who is day to day with a bruised right kneecap.

Los Angeles used a big third quarter to take the lead, and Crawford extended the advantage to 20 by outscoring Houston 12-7 early in the fourth quarter.


In Denver, Wilson Chandler hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 14.9 seconds remaining in overtime and the Nuggets beat Portland for their season-best sixth consecutive victory.

Danilo Gallinari added 25 points, including a key 3-pointer in the extra period. Ty Lawson had 24 points and 12 assists for the Nuggets.


In New York, Brook Lopez had 22 points and nine rebounds, Joe Johnson and Deron Williams each scored 21 points, and Brooklyn extended its season-high winning streak to seven games.

Andray Blatche added 14 points for the Nets, in the midst of their longest winning streak since running off 14 in a row late in the 2005-06 season.


In Charlotte, N.C., Roy Hibbert had 18 points and seven rebounds, and Indiana handed Charlotte its 13th consecutive home loss.

The Pacers bounced back from Sunday’s 11-point defeat to the Brooklyn Nets and won for the fifth time in six games.

The Bobcats lost their fifth in a row.

HORNETS 111, 76ERS 99

In Philadelphia, Greivis Vasquez scored 23 points, Eric Gordon added 19 and New Orleans beat Phila­delphia.

Ryan Anderson added 14 points and Xavier Henry scored 11 for the Hornets.



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