Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul (L). PHOTO: AP Photo
OKLAHOMA CITY (Sporting Alert) — NBA standings, records and scored after the game that took place on Wednesday night, Feb. 26.
Kyrie Irving had 31 points, nine assists, five rebounds and four steals and Jarrett Jack added 21 points in the victory for the Cavaliers.
Spencer Hawes had 19 points and seven rebounds, while Luol Deng scored 13 points and Tristan Thompson ended with 11 points and 11 rebounds in the for Cleveland, which is now 9-21 on the road.
Kevin Durant had 28 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, Russell Westbrook finished with 24 points and nine assists, while Serge Ibaka added 16 points, 13 boards and four blocks for the Thunder, which have now dropped three-straight.
Oklahoma City still leads the NBA standings overall.
At the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, the LA Clippers (40-20) improved to 24-5 at home with a 101-93 victory over the (39-19).
Blake Griffin led the way for the Clippers with 23 points and 16 rebounds, Darren Collison scored seven of his 19 in the final two-minutes and eight seconds and Chris Paul had 14 points and nine assists in the win.
DeAndre Jordan ended with 13 points and 10 boards in the win for the Clippers, who dominated the opening minutes and then returned to do the same in the final minutes as well.
“I thought we were up into them most of the game,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “The one thing we didn’t do is that we didn’t trap at all on Dwight (Howard).
“I felt for our bigs at times, but we just told them, `You’re on an island. Good luck. Have fun.’ But we decided we were going to stay out with their 3-point shooting and try to take that away.
“Even when I was at Marquette, I knew that two is less than three. So that was our philosophy going into the game.”
Dwight Howard led Houston with 23 points and 11 boards, while James Harden finished with 18 points in the defeat for the Rockets.
NBA Scores and Records on Feb. 26
Cleveland Cavaliers 114 (23-36), Oklahoma City Thunder 104 (43-15)
San Antonio Spurs 120 (41-16), Detroit Pistons 110 (23-35)
Portland Trail Blazers 124 (40-18) – Brooklyn Nets 80 (26-29)
Los Angeles Clippers 101 (40-20) – Houston Rockets 93 (39-19)
Dallas Mavericks 108 (36-23), New Orleans Pelicans 89 (23-34)
Chicago Bulls 103 (31-26), Golden State Warriors 83 (35-23)
Utah Jazz 109 (21-36), Phoenix Suns 86 (33-24)
Memphis Grizzlies 108 (32-24), Los Angeles Lakers 103 (19-39)
Boston Celtics 115 (20-39), Atlanta Hawks 104 (26-31)
Orlando Magic 101 (18-42), Philadelphia 76ers 90 (15-43)