CLIPPERS 123, 76ERS 78
LOS ANGELES • Blake Griffin had 26 points, 11 rebounds and six assists, and the Los Angeles Clippers stormed out to a 31-point lead in the first quarter with Chris Paul back in the lineup and pummeled the Philadelphia 76ers 123-78 Sunday night.
Jamal Crawford scored 21 for the defending Pacific Division champions, who were 12-6 while Paul was sidelined with a separated right shoulder that occurred on Jan. 3 at Dallas. The seven-time All-Star point guard had seven points and eight assists in 23 minutes. DeAndre Jordan had 20 rebounds and 10 points, helping Los Angeles increase its division lead over idle Phoenix to four games.
Reserve Tony Wroten scored 21 points for the 76ers, losers of six straight and 13 of 16. Center Spencer Hawes missed all eight shots in 23 scoreless minutes and had just two rebounds.
The 45-point margin of victory was the largest for the Clippers’ franchise. The previous record was 39, set in a 121-82 victory over Chicago at Staples Center on Nov. 24.
Philadelphia never challenged after the Clippers built a 69-30 halftime lead — matching the largest halftime advantage in franchise history set in November against Chicago. Crawford’s 15-footer gave the Clippers their biggest lead, 89-33, with 6:01 left in the third quarter. It was 100-51 going into the fourth.
THUNDER 112, KNICKS 100
OKLAHOMA CITY • Kevin Durant had 41 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists to help Oklahoma City beat New York.
Reggie Jackson added 19 points and six assists, and Serge Ibaka had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Thunder, who were coming off a 103-102 loss to struggling Orlando on Friday night.
Durant, the NBA’s leading scorer, got the best of his duel with New York’s Carmelo Anthony, the league’s No. 2 scorer. Anthony had with 15 points on 5-for-19 shooting for the Knicks, who have lost four of five.
Raymond Felton and Amare Stoudemire each scored 16 points for the Knicks.
The Thunder made 12 3-pointers and shot 55 percent overall.
MAGIC 93, PACERS 92
ORLANDO, Fla. • Victor Oladipo had 23 points, including 13 in the fourth quarter, and Orlando rallied to surprise Indiana.
Indiana stole Orlando’s inbounds pass with 9 seconds left and Paul George was able to get off a 20-foot jumper. But it was deflected and rebounded by the Magic, who ran out the clock.
Orlando has beaten the top teams in both conferences in back-to-back games, having stunned Oklahoma City on Friday. The victory ties the Magic’s season-high win streak of three games. It also extends their home win streak to five consecutive games.
Nik Vucevic added 19 points and 13 rebounds.
George led the Pacers with 27 points. Lance Stephenson added 16. The loss ended Indiana’s win streak at four games.
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