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Friday, Jan. 14, 2011

Griffin, Clippers overpower Heat

LOS ANGELES (AP) Blake Griffin had 24 points and 14 rebounds for his 30th double-double, and the Los Angeles Clippers surprised Miami 111-105 Wednesday night, ending the Heat's 13-game road winning streak.

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Big vs. small: New York's Amare Stoudemire guards Utah's Deron Williams in the first half on Wednesday night. The Jazz beat the Knicks 131-125. AP PHOTO

Eric Gordon added 26 points and Baron Davis had 20 points and nine assists for the Clippers, who led virtually the entire game against the NBA's second-best team. It was just the 13th win of the season for Los Angeles.

"Beat the Heat!" the sellout crowd stood and chanted in the closing seconds.

Dwyane Wade scored 31 points, LeBron James added 27 and Chris Bosh had 26 points and 13 rebounds for the Heat, who had also won nine in a row overall.

"It was too much for us to overcome," Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said. "They absolutely blitzed us to start the game. It looked like we were running in mud."

Lakers 115, Warriors 110

In Oakland, Kobe Bryant scored 17 of his 39 points in the final 5:49 and Los Angeles rallied late to beat Golden State for its sixth straight victory.

Bryant also assisted on Ron Artest's crucial 3-pointer with 1:55 to play. Lamar Odom did his part to fuel the comeback, scoring 10 straight points during a key fourth-quarter stretch on the way to 20 points and nine rebounds.

Hornets 92, Magic 89 (OT)

In New Orleans, Emeka Okafor had 18 points and 14 rebounds, and the Hornets held off Orlando in overtime, snapping the Magic's nine-game winning streak.

Marcus Thornton capped a 22-point performance with a crucial jumper and two free throws in the final minute of the extra period as the Hornets took the lead for good and won their second straight.

Thunder 118, Rockets 112

In Houston, Kevin Durant scored 30 points, Russell Westbrook added 23 points and 13 assists, and Oklahoma City snapped the franchise's 11-game losing streak in Houston.

Spurs 91, Bucks 84

In Milwaukee, reserve Matt Bonner scored all 17 of his points in the second half, Manu Ginobili added 23 and San Antonio picked up its fourth straight win.

Bobcats 96, Bulls 91

In Charlotte, D.J. Augustin had 22 points and 12 assists, outplaying Derrick Rose in the Bobcats' victory.

The Bulls, off to their best start since their last title under Michael Jordan in 1998, couldn't keep it going with Jordan sitting courtside.

The Bobcats owner stood and clapped as the final seconds ticked down in Charlotte's fourth straight win. Ex-Bull Tyrus Thomas added 17 points and 13 rebounds as the Bobcats moved to 6-2 under interim coach Paul Silas.

Jazz 131, Knicks 125

In Salt Lake City, Deron Williams and reserve C.J. Miles scored 24 points apiece, leading seven Utah players in double figures.

Reserve Shawne Williams was 7 of 8 from behind the arc and scored 25 points for New York, which made it close after trailing by as many as 16 before finishing 2-2 on its western trip.

Suns 118, Nets 109 (OT)

In Phoenix, Steve Nash had 23 points and 16 assists, Vince Carter also scored 23 points, and the Suns erased a 15-point, fourth-quarter deficit on their way to the overtime victory.

Grizzlies 107, Pistons 99

In Auburn Hills, Mich., Zach Randolph had 34 points and 17 rebounds for Memphis, and Rudy Gay scored 26 points.

The Pistons debuted a new starting lineup — and benched Richard Hamilton. Ben Wallace (ankle) missed the game and was replaced by rookie Greg Monroe, while Tracy McGrady and Chris Wilcox came in for Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva.

Celtics 119, Kings 95

In Boston, Paul Pierce scored 25 points and Rajon Rondo had 10 points and 13 assists, leading the Celtics to the victory.

Pierce scored 15 in the first quarter as Boston got off to a quick start while bouncing back from a surprising home loss to Houston on Monday night.

Pacers 102, Mavericks 89

In Indianapolis, Brandon Rush scored eight of his 20 points in the fourth quarter to help Indiana get the victory.

Hawks 104, Raptors 101

In Toronto, Mike Bibby made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 8.2 seconds remaining, Jamal Crawford scored a season-high 36 points and Atlanta earned its fifth straight victory.

FSU upsets Duke

TALLAHASSEE , Fla. (AP) Duke is undefeated no more. And once again, it was a trip to Tallahassee that did in the Blue Devils.

Derwin Kitchen scored 17 of his 22 points in the second half and unranked Florida State pulled off its latest upset of No. 1 Duke, snapping the Blue Devils' 25-game winning streak with a 66-61 victory Wednesday night.

"Tonight wasn't about us being bad," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "They were really good. They played with a verve."

Chris Singleton added 18 points for Florida State (12-5, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), which made five free throws in the final 33 seconds to hold off the defending national champions.



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