Basketball — NBAMonday, January 6, 2014
Spurs too good for Paul-less Clippers
SAN ANTONIO — San Antonio took advantage of Los Angeles being without injured All-Star Chris Paul and comfortably beat the Clippers 116-92 in Saturday’s clash of NBA divisional leaders.
The win moved the Spurs into equal second in the Western Conference standings, behind new leader Oklahoma City, which got a super performance from Kevin Durant in its comeback win over Minnesota and moved above Portland, which was narrowly beaten at home by Philadelphia.
San Antonio’s Tiago Splitter had 22 points before leaving with a shoulder injury and Tim Duncan added 19 points and 11 rebounds.
Jamal Crawford scored 24 points for the Clippers who missed Paul after he suffered a shoulder injury on Friday against Dallas.
Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant scored 23 of his season-high 48 points in the fourth quarter and hit the winner with 4 seconds to play, rallying the Thunder from 13 points down in a 115-111 victory over Minnesota. Durant went 7 for 11 from the field and hit four 3-pointers in the final quarter, while Derek Fisher scored 13 points for the Thunder, who won despite being outscored 66-46 in the key.
Other results (home team in CAPS): INDIANA 99 New Orleans 82; Miami 110 ORLANDO 94; BROOKLYN 89 Cleveland 82; CHICAGO 91 Atlanta 84; PHOENIX 116 Milwaukee 100; Philadelphia 101 PORTLAND 99; Charlotte 113 SACRAMENTO 103.