NBA Scores on Dec. 22; Wins For Clippers, Warriors

MIAMI, FL, Sporting Alert – NBA scores and recaps from the games that took place around the league on Thursday night, 22 December.


LOS ANGELES — Chris Paul had 19 points, seven rebounds, six assists and two steals before hurting his hamstring and the Los Angeles Clippers picked up a 106-101 win over the San Antonio Spurs at STAPLES Center.

The Clippers (22-8), who were already without star forward Blake Griffin, added star point guard Paul to the injury list after he tweaked his left hamstring late in the third quarter.

Paul left the game with 4:33 remaining in the third quarter and didn’t return but he said he did not believe the injury was very serious.

He hopes to play Friday night against the Dallas Mavericks.

“I’m OK,” Paul said. “I think I just tweaked my hamstring. I’m glad I caught it when I did.

“It’s probably going to come back, but hopefully I’ll be ready for Dallas.”

Reserves Marreese Speights had 14 points and seven rebounds, Raymond Felton scored 13 and Jamal Crawford ended with 11 for LA.

J.J. Redick scored 11 points and made three 3-pointers and DeAndre Jordan ended with 11 points, nine rebounds and two blocks for Los Angeles, which won two straight and six in the last seven overall.

Kawhi Leonard led San Antonio with 27 points and nine rebounds, while Pau Gasol added 21 points and nine rebounds.

Danny Green and LaMarcus Aldridge each scored 10 points in the defeat for the Spurs (23-6), who were losing for only the second time on the road this season.

Los Angeles Clippers’ bench outscored the Spurs’ subs 58-33.


NEW YORK — Kevin Durant collected 26 points, nine rebounds and seven assists to help the Golden State Warriors recovered from a slow start to secure a 117-101 victory over the Brooklyn Nets.

Klay Thompson added 23 points for the Warriors, Zaza Pachulia ended with a double-double with 15 points and 14 rebounds and Stephen Curry finished with 15 points, seven assists and five steals for the Warriors (26-4).

Brook Lopez led the way for the Nets with 28 points and eight rebounds.

Sean Kilpatrick added 14 points and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson scored 13 points and grabbed six boards in the defeat.

Bojan Bogdanovic scored 12 points and Jeremy Lin chipped in with 10 points, 11 assists, eight rebounds, two steals and two blocks for Brooklyn (7-21).

The Nets led 65-49 at the break but were outscored by 32 points over the final 24 minutes after failing to reach 20 points in each of the last two-quarters of the game.

It was the sixth win in a row for the Warriors, while defeat was the fourth straight for Brooklyn.


In other NBA scores on the night, the Miami Heat beat the Los Angeles Lakers 115-107 on Thursday night to snap a three-game skid, while the Boston Celtics beat the Indiana Pacers 109-102.

Justise Winslow and Hassan Whiteside each collected 23 points and 13 rebounds for the Heat (10-20) who were winning for only the fifth time at home this season.

Goran Dragic added 21 points and seven assists, James Johnson ended with 19 points, eight rebounds and six assists and Tyler Johnson had 14 points and six assists for Miami, which shot 53.6 percent overall and went 11-for-22 from 3-point range.

Lou Williams paced the Lakers with 27 points. Nick Young added 20 points and D’Angelo Russell finished with 17 for the Lakers, who fell to 5-14 on the road and 11-21 overall.

Los Angeles opened the game with an 11-0 run and led by as many as 19 points, but the Heat managed to pull themselves back into the game and take the win.

Meanwhile, Isaiah Thomas had 28 points and nine assists, and the Boston Celtics beat the Indiana Pacers 109-102.

Avery Bradley and Jae Crowder both finished with 15 points, while Marcus Smart finished with 12 points, and Amir Johnson and Kelly Olnyk finished with 11 each in the win for the Celtics (17-12).

Jeff Teague led the Pacers (15-16) with 31 points and eight assists and Paul George and CJ Miles each scored 19 points in the defeat.

Thaddeus Young had a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds for Indiana, which trailed 51-40 at halftime, but pulled within four points late in the game.

In another NBA score on Thursday night, Derrick Rose scored 19 points, Kyle O’Quinn had 14 points and grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds, and the New York Knicks beat the Orlando Magic 106-95.

NBA Scores on December 22
Complete NBA Box Scores

HEAT 115, LAKER 107

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