LOS ANGELES, Sporting Alert – NBA scores and results from around the country on Saturday night, December 11.
Los Angeles Clippers, Cleveland Cavaliers and San Antonio Spurs were among the winners on the night, while Golden State Warriors were beaten by Memphis Grizzlies.
Clippers 133, Pelicans 105
At STAPLES Center in the night’s late tip-off, the LA Clippers, playing without the injured Blake Griffin, eased to a 28-point win over the New Orleans Pelicans.
In the win, L.A.’s point guard Chris Paul became the first player since 1984 to collect 20 assists with zero turnovers in a game, according to ESPN Stats & Info and Elias Sports Bureau.
Paul, who shot 8 for 16 from the floor, also became the first player in Clippers history to record 20 points and 20 assists in the same game.
Jamal Crawford added 22 points off the bench on an efficient 10 for 13 shooting to lead Los Angeles in scoring, while Austin Rivers scored 18 points with four 3-pointers and DeAndre Jordan ended with 19 points on 9 of 11 shooting and nine rebounds.
Marreese Speights grabbed a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds, J.J. Redick scored 16 points and Wesley Johnson ended with 10 points and six boards for the Clippers (17-7) who bounced back from back-to-back defeats to the Pacers and Warriors.
Tim Frazier scored 20 points and dished out 11 assists to lead New Orleans (7-17), which played without leading contributor Anthony Davis, who was rested.
Cheick Diallo added 19 points and 10 rebounds in 31 minutes, Terrence Jones scored 18 points and rookie Buddy Hield added 15 points for the Pelicans, who lost their fifth straight and fell to 2-9 on the road.
The Clippers shot a season-high 57.4 percent from the floor and also made a season-best 17 shots from 3-pointers.
Griffin missed the game after injuring his right knee in the defeat against Golden State on Wednesday night.
Grizzlies 110, Warriors 89
Staying in the Western Conference, Marc Gasol and Tony Allen each scored 19 points and Memphis held Golden State to just 9 for 27 from 3-pointers and 15 assists in the 21-point victory on Saturday night.
Gasol, who shot 50-percent, also grabbed eight rebounds and six assists, while JaMychal Green ended with 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Grizzlies (17-8) their sixth straight win.
Zach Randolph collected 14 points and seven boards and Jarell Martin ended with 13 points and rebounds for Memphis.
Kevin Durant led the Warriors with 21 points, while Stephen Curry added 17 points, seven steals, six assists and four rebounds and Ian Clark finished with 10 points.
He was only 4 of 14 from the field.
Meanwhile, Curry’s backcourt partner Klay Thompson was held to just eight points on 4 of 14 shooting in the defeat for Golden State (20-4), which had its four-game win streak snapped.
Cavaliers 116, Hornets 105
LeBron James poured in a season-high 44 points, including 17 in the fourth quarter as the Cavaliers beat the Hornets on Saturday.
James, who shot 17 of 24, also dished out 10 assist to become the first player in NBA history with 27,000 points and 7,000 assists.
He also pulled down nine rebounds in the win.
Kevin Love had 22 points and six rebounds, Iman Shumpert ended 16 and Tristan Thompson added a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Cavs (17-5), who win four in a row.
Kemba Walker led Charlotte (14-10) with 24 points, Cody Zeller added 17 points and Marco Belinelli ended with 15 points for the Hornets.
In other NBA scores, the San Antonio Spurs recorded a 130-101 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday.
Kawhi Leonard had 30 points and six rebounds, Patty Mills, Pau Gasol ended with 15 points and six boards and Jonathon Simmons finished with 14 points for San Antonio (19-5).
Bojan Bogdanovic 20 points, Luis Scola ended with a double-double of 15 points and 11 boards and Brook Lopez finished with 14 points for the Nets (6-16).
NBA Scores and Results
Saturday, December 10
Washington 110, Milwaukee 105
Denver 121, Orlando 113
Indiana 118, Portland 111
Cleveland 116, Charlotte 105
Chicago 105, Miami 100
Memphis 110, Golden State 89
Houston 109, Dallas 87
San Antonio 130, Brooklyn 101
Utah 104, Sacramento 84
LA Clippers 133, New Orleans 105