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Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012

Clippers extend streak with victory over Suns

AP

PHOENIX — The Los Angeles Clippers are starting to make easy victories look routine.

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Throw it down: Clippers forward Blake Griffin dunks against the Suns on Sunday in Phoenix. The Clippers won 103-77. AP

Blake Griffin scored 23 points, Chris Paul had 17 points and 13 assists and the Clippers extended a franchise record with their 13th consecutive victory, 103-77 over the Phoenix Suns on Sunday night.

Reserve Jamal Crawford added 22 points for the Clippers, who won in Phoenix for the first time since April 17, 2007. Los Angeles' overall win streak is an NBA season best and its six straight road victories are also a franchise best.

"We're just taking care of business right now," Griffin said. "To be honest, we're not really concerned with 'You haven't won here since then' or 'You haven't won this many games in a row.'

"We hear it all but we're about just getting these wins and if they come within a streak or when we haven't won somewhere, that's fine."

The Clippers have won by an average of 13 points and boast four victories of 20 or more points during their streak.

"I thought our starters did a good job in the first quarter and then our second quarter, we jumped on them," said Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro.

Jared Dudley scored 19 points, Luis Scola had 11 and Markieff Morris added 10 for the Suns, who have dropped two straight after winning four in a row.

Phoenix shot 52.2 percent in the first quarter but only 29.8 percent the rest of the way and tied a season low for points.

"Chris Paul was a one-man wrecking crew on defense," Dudley said. "He took us completely out of our offense. Our turnovers and bad offense led to points. They're a team you really can't afford to do that to."

Suns coach Alvin Gentry was ejected with 2:33 left in the first half when he received a pair of technical fouls seconds apart. The teams combined for six technical in the game's first three quarters.

"I've got to do a better job of keeping my cool in that situation," Gentry said. "He (Rodney Mott) thought I deserved two technical fouls so that's the way it is."

Knicks 94, Timberwolves 91

In New York, Carmelo Anthony scored 19 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter, rallying the Knicks to victory over Minnesota.

New York trailed from the opening minutes until Anthony scored eight straight points down the stretch. He had scored just nine points on 3-of-11 shooting in the first half, but had the final 12 for the Knicks to give them a 4-2 finish on their six-game homestand.

Spurs 129, Mavericks 91

In San Antonio, Danny Green scored a career-high 25 points and the Spurs spoiled Dirk Nowitzki's season debut.

Tony Parker had 18 points, Kawhi Leonard added 17, Tim Duncan 15 and Stephen Jackson 14 for the Spurs (21-8), who were 20 of 30 from 3-point range and led by as many as 46.

Nets 95, 76ers 92

In New York, Joe Johnson scored 22 points, and Gerald Wallace had 14 points, nine rebounds and six assists.

Deron Williams added 16 points to help the Nets end a six-game skid at home against the 76ers.

Jazz 97, Magic 93

In Orlando, Paul Millsap scored 18 points, Gordon Hayward added 17 and Utah survived a fourth-quarter rally to slip past the Magic.

Orlando cut the lead to one in the waning seconds, but came up empty at the foul line.

Kings 108, Trail Blazers 96

In Sacramento, Marcus Thornton scored 18 of his 22 points in the second half to help the slumping Kings snap Portland's five-game winning streak.



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