Clippers clobber Cavaliers 105-89
Toronto Raptors' Terrence Ross (31) shoots over Indiana Pacers' Orlando Johnson during the first half an NBA basketball game in Toronto, Friday, March 1, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)
Toronto — Paul George had 22 points and 10 rebounds, David West had 15 points and 11 rebounds, and the Indiana Pacers beat the Toronto Raptors 93-81 last night.
Roy Hibbert returned from a one-game suspension to score 18 points as the Central Division leaders won for the sixth time in seven games.
Rudy Gay scored 21 points and Alan Anderson had 14 for the Raptors, who have lost three straight and four of five.
Cleveland — Jamal Crawford scored 24 points, making a pair of 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, and Chris Paul had 15 assists as the Clippers ran away in the final period and beat the Cavaliers for their first win in Cleveland since 2002.
The Clippers had lost 10 straight at Quicken Loans Arena.
Blake Griffin had 16 points and 11 rebounds as the Clippers, having their best season in franchise history, won their fourth in a row.
Knicks 96, Wizards 88
Washington — Carmelo Anthony scored 30 points, Raymond Felton added 23, J.R. Smith chipped in with 13 points and 12 rebounds, and some strong defense allowed the Knicks to beat the Wizards.
Rookie Bradley Beal led the Wizards with a career-high 29 points, falling just short of giving the team its first 30-point performance this season..
Rockets 118, Magic 110
Orlando, Fla. — James Harden had 24 points, and Chandler Parsons and Carlos Delfino added 21 apiece as Houston rallied in the fourth quarter.
The Rockets stopped a two-game skid and ended a five-game losing streak to the Magic. Houston trailed by two late in the game, before using an 11-0 run to seize control.
Mavericks 98, Nets 90
New York — Dirk Nowitzki and former Nets guard Vince Carter each scored 20 points, and Dallas avoided another late collapse by holding off Brooklyn.
Dallas led by as many as 20 points, then looked as if it might repeat its performance from its previous game, when it blew a 25-point lead against Memphis. But O.J. Mayo added 17 points as the Mavericks ended their three-game losing streak.
Hornets 100, Pistons 95
New Orleans — Greivis Vasquez capped a 25-point, nine-assist performance by hitting a running floater off the backboard with 12 seconds left, and New Orleans beat Detroit to snap a two-game skid.
Eric Gordon added 21 points and Ryan Anderson 19 points and 13 rebounds for the Hornets, who were short-handed in the front court with starting forward Anthony Davis sitting out his second straight game because of a sprained left shoulder.
Big Offer to LeBron
New York — Magic Johnson is giving LeBron James a million reasons to consider the slam dunk contest.
The Hall of Famer said yesterday during ESPN’s pregame show that he will put up $1 million if James finally enters the marquee event of All-Star Saturday night.
James has always refused to enter the contest, but he’s recently been putting on a dunking show before Miami’s games, reigniting interest in seeing him take part.
Johnson said: “Please LeBron, get in the dunk contest. I’m going to put up a million dollars. A million dollars to LeBron. Please get in the dunk contest. I go every year. I want to see you out there. A million to the winner.”
The NBA currently pays $100,000 to the winner and $50,000 to the runner-up.