Final Score: LA Clippers 100, Cleveland 92
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Blake Griffin finished with 30 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, as the Clippers topped the Cavaliers, 100-92, at Staples Center. Los Angeles snapped a nine-game losing streak to Cleveland, and did it with the help of a healthy Eric Gordon. Gordon, who has missed the past six games with a right wrist injury, hit six three-pointers and finished with 29 points in the win. Craig Smith added 12 in a reserve role, while Mo Williams contributed 11 for the victors. J.J. Hickson paced Cleveland with 28 points and nine rebounds.
Final Score: Miami 103, Denver 98
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - LeBron James finished with 33 points and six rebounds as the Miami Heat controlled the Denver Nuggets, 103-98, at American Airlines Arena. The Heat led for the entire contest and got 32 points from Dwyane Wade. Chris Bosh posted his fifth consecutive double-double, finishing with 18 points and 11 boards as Miami won for the fifth time in six games. J.R. Smith paced the Nuggets with 27 points in a reserve role. Danilo Gallinari added 23 points, while Ty Lawson scored 16 with six assists and seven boards in the loss, Denver's second in as many days.
Final Score: Memphis 99, Indiana 78
Memphis, TN (Sports Network) - Tony Allen filled the stat sheet with 19 points, a career-high 11 rebounds, six assists and six steals, and Memphis blew out Indiana, 99-78, in a game between teams battling for the playoffs in their respective conferences. Zach Randolph added 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who are in the eighth and final playoff slot in the Western Conference, 1 1/2 games ahead of Utah. Mike Conley totaled 17 points, nine assists and four steals, as Memphis bounced back from a 21-point loss at New York on Thursday. The Grizzlies also beat the Pacers for the fourth straight time. Danny Granger and Darren Collison each had 17 points for the Pacers, who are eighth in the East, 1 1/2 games in front of Charlotte. Tyler Hansbrough chipped in 14 points, but the Pacers lost one night after outlasting Chicago in overtime.
Final Score: Boston 89, New Orleans 85
New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - Ray Allen and Glen Davis both finished with 20 points as the Boston Celtics erased a 15-point third quarter deficit and topped the New Orleans Hornets, 89-85. Kevin Garnett posted 12 points and nine boards as the Celtics salvaged a win in the second night of a back-to-back. Jeff Green scored 10 points as the Celtics pulled even with the idle Chicago Bulls for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. David West paced the Hornets with 32 points and eight rebounds. Marco Belinelli tied a career-high with five three-pointers and finished with 23 points while Chris Paul dished out 15 assists and grabbed seven caroms in the loss, New Orleans' second in three games. Paul missed all nine of his shots from the field.
Final Score: San Antonio 109, Charlotte 98
San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) - On a night the Spurs chose to sit Tim Duncan, the San Antonio bench stepped up in a big way during a 109-98 win over the short-handed Charlotte Bobcats. Duncan was given the night off, missing his first game of the season, but the Spurs didn't seem to miss their All-Star forward as the reserves combined for 66 points led by Steve Novak's 19. Gary Neal added 15, George Hill 12 and Matt Bonner 10, all off the bench. The Spurs, who continue to lead the NBA with a 56-13 record, won for the fifth time in six games. Stephen Jackson, Charlotte's leading scorer, sat out with a strained hamstring. His offense was clearly missed, as the Bobcats hobbled to their third straight loss and ninth in 11 games. They remained 1 1/2 games behind Indiana for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Gerald Henderson led the way with 19 points for the Bobcats, who also received 16 from Boris Diaw.
Final Score: Portland 110, Philadelphia 101
Portland, OR (Sports Network) - Wesley Matthews scored 28 points, going 6-of-9 from beyond the arc, and Portland pulled away in the final quarter for a 110-101 win over the Philadelphia 76ers. Gerald Wallace added 25 points and eight assists for the Trail Blazers, who moved one game clear of New Orleans into sixth place in the Western Conference. LaMarcus Aldridge chipped in 18 points and seven boards, while Nicolas Batum ended with 16 points. The Blazers, who never trailed, posted their third straight win and seventh in nine games. Lou Williams came off the bench for 24 points for the Sixers, who were without Andre Iguodala (left knee tendinitis). Thaddeus Young had 19 points and Jodie Meeks 17, but the Sixers had a two-game winning streak broken and finished 2-3 on their road trip. They slipped into a tie with New York for sixth place in the East.