Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Chris Paul split a pair of go-ahead free throws with 2.5 seconds left to lift the Los Angeles Clippers to a 103-102 win over the Sacramento Kings. Paul, who had 22 points, nailed a high-arching fadeaway 3-pointer from the right corner with the shot clock winding down to tie the game at 98-98 with 1:29 left and then put the Clips in front with a layup on their next touch. He was fouled on the play, but missed the ensuing free throw. Isaiah Thomas sunk two foul shots at the other end to knot the tilt before Paul split two defenders with a bounce pass from the right elbow and hit a cutting Blake Griffin for a thunderous one-handed dunk with 44.4 ticks to go. Thomas again made two foul shots to tie it at 102-102 with 24.2 seconds on the clock. Paul then took the clock down before he was fouled. DeMarcus Cousins' shot at the buzzer from the left elbow came up well short. Paul added nine assists and six rebounds, while Jordan tallied 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Clippers, who have won six of their last eight tilts. Cousins had 23 points, 19 boards and seven assists for Sacramento, which had its brief two-game winning streak snapped. Thomas finished with 22 points in defeat.
Final Score: Indiana 106, Philadelphia 98
Indianapolis, IN (SportsNetwork.com) - Roy Hibbert had 27 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks as the Indiana Pacers defeated the Philadelphia 76ers, 106-98, on Saturday night. Paul George added 19 points, while David West tallied 17 points, 11 boards and six assists for Indiana, which has won three straight and remained unbeaten at home. Michael Carter-Williams filled the stat sheet with 29 points, seven steals, six rebounds and three assists for the Sixers, who had just nine dressed players. Friday's hero Spencer Hawes sat with left knee soreness, guard Tony Wroten missed the tilt with a lower back strain and forward Thaddeus Young wasn't with the team for personal reasons.
Final Score: Washington 98, New York 89
Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - John Wall torched New York for 31 points and seven assists as the Washington Wizards topped the Knicks, 98-89, from Verizon Center. Washington trailed 52-49 at intermission, but the Knicks' starting unit managed just seven points in the third period as the Wizards gained momentum and eventually pulled away. Marcin Gortat had his way down low, tallying 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting with 17 rebounds for Washington, which won for the third time in four tries after dropping four in a row. Martell Webster and Bradley Beal added 19 and 18 points, respectively. Carmelo Anthony paced New York with 23 points and 12 boards. J.R. Smith chipped in 15 points off the bench as the Knicks fell to 2-6 since losing Tyson Chandler to a right knee injury in a Nov. 5 tilt against Charlotte.
Final Score: Boston 94, Atlanta 87
Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - Brandon Bass scored a team-high 17 points and Jordan Crawford scored 10 of his 12 points in the fourth quarter as the Boston Celtics snapped a six-game losing streak with a 94-87 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday. Atlanta led by as many as 12 points in the fourth and a Mike Scott 3-pointer gave the Hawks an 81-70 lead with 9:30 left to play. Boston countered with a 10-0 run to pull within one and took its first lead since midway through the third after a pair of Bass free throws with 3:31 remaining. Each team then traded a pair of foul shots and Crawford hit back-to-back shots, including a free throw, to give the Celtics a 91-85 lead with 46.3 seconds left and seal it for the visitors. Crawford added 10 assists in the triumph for his second double-double of the season. Jeff Green and Jared Sullinger netted 16 and 15 points, respectively. Al Horford dropped 18 points with seven rebounds in the losing effort, while Jeff Teague recorded a double-double, scoring 13 points with 10 assists.
Final Score: Miami 101, Orlando 99
Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - LeBron James drained a step-back jumper from beyond the foul line with 15.1 seconds remaining to lift the Miami Heat to a 101-99 win over the Orlando Magic. James ended with 22 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, as the Heat completed the sweep of the home- and-home series. Miami dominated the Magic 120-92 on Wednesday. Dwyane Wade totaled 27 points and Chris Bosh scored 15 in Miami's sixth consecutive win since a Nov. 9 loss at home to Boston. Power forward Glen Davis returned for the Magic and had 20 points in his season debut. Davis hadn't played since breaking the fifth metatarsal in his left foot on Jan. 30. He had two surgical procedures to correct the problem.
Final Score: Houston 112, Minnesota 101
Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Aaron Brooks nailed six 3-pointers and netted 26 points as the Houston Rockets defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves, 112-101, on Saturday night. Terrence Jones tallied 18 points and 10 rebounds, Jeremy Lin poured in 19 points and Dwight Howard added 11 points, 13 boards and four blocks for the Rockets, who have won four of their last five game. Kevin Love had 27 points and 15 rebounds for Minnesota, which has dropped four of its last six tilts.
Final Score: Charlotte 96, Milwaukee 72
Milwaukee, WI (SportsNetwork.com) - To say the season isn't going in the favor of the Milwaukee Bucks would be an understatement. Al Jefferson outscored the entire starting lineup of the Bucks Saturday night, as the Charlotte Bobcats dominated Milwaukee, 96-72, at Bradley Center. Jefferson had 19 points, one more than Milwaukee's starting five of Ersan Ilyasova, Caron Butler, Zaza Pachulia, Luke Ridnour and O.J. Mayo. Khris Middleton had 20 points and John Henson added 10 for Milwaukee, which shot 35.3 percent from the field and lost its eighth consecutive contest. Gerald Henderson had 17 points for the Bobcats, who won at Milwaukee for just the second time in the last 17 meetings.
Final Score: San Antonio 126, Cleveland 96
San Antonio, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Danny Green paced a balanced scoring attack with 17 points as the San Antonio Spurs routed the Cleveland Cavaliers, 126-96, from AT&T Center. The Spurs, winners of 10 in a row, outscored Cleveland 35-11 in the second quarter to take a commanding 65-32 edge into halftime. All 13 active Spurs' players recorded at least 11 minutes in the contest, and Jeff Ayres and Aron Baynes were the low scorers with six points apiece. Patty Mills shot 5-of-8 for 15 points off the bench as San Antonio remained perfect in six home tilts this season. Tony Parker tallied 12 points and a game-high seven assists while Tiago Splitter and Marco Belinelli notched 10 points each. The Spurs were 16-of-24 from 3-point range.
Final Score: Denver 102, Dallas 100
Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Ty Lawson scored 20 points with nine assists and Kenneth Faried added 18 points with 14 rebounds as the Denver Nuggets held on to beat the Dallas Mavericks, 102-100, at Pepsi Center. Randy Foye made five 3-pointers to finish with 17 points, while Wilson Chandler, Nate Robinson, and Darrell Arthur each had 10 points for Denver. Dallas trailed 98-94 when Dirk Nowitzki capped a 6-0 run with a fadeaway jumper with 2:02 left to play. Foye answered with just over a minute left, hitting a 3- pointer that proved to be the difference after Faried hit 1-of-2 free throws and Nowitzki's game-tying attempt came up short. Nowitzki had a game-high 27 points with nine rebounds and Monta Ellis tallied 25 points in the loss, which snapped Dallas' four-game win streak.
Final Score: Portland 113, Golden State 101
Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - LaMarcus Aldridge had a monster outing with 30 points and 21 rebounds and the Portland Trail Blazers outscored the Golden State Warriors by 15 in the final quarter en route to a 113-101 win at Oracle Arena. Wesley Matthews scored 23 points, while Damian Lillard netted 20 with nine assists for Portland, which won its 10th consecutive game. A raucous shoving match broke out with just under four minutes left in the third quarter that saw ejections of Matthews and Mo Williams for Portland and also Gerald Green for Golden State. After Stephen Curry made two technical free throws to increase the Golden State lead, 81-71, Portland outscored the Warriors 42-20 in the final 15 plus minutes of the game. Klay Thompson scored 30 points on 10-of-13 shooting, while Curry returned to the lineup after missing the past two games with a concussion and scored 22 points with 11 assists in the loss.