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Clippers Now Atop Western Conference

UNDATED (AP) - The Los Angeles

Clippers now sit atop the NBA's Western Conference after the Oklahoma City

Thunder and San Antonio Spurs each lost to last-place teams.

Bradley Beal drained a jumper with 0.3

seconds left and the Washington Wizards improved to 5-28 by defeating the

Thunder 101-99. Beal and Martell Webster each had a team-high 22 points for the

Wizards, who had dropped 13 of their previous 14 and were without leading

scorers Nene and Jordan Crawford.

The Thunder missed 16 straight shots in

the second half and fell to 5-4 since a 12-game winning streak. Kevin Durant

had a game-high 29 points and Serge Ibaka added 26 and 11

rebounds.

The Spurs had won eight of nine before

Eric Gordon scored 24 points and Anthony Davis added 17 to lead New Orleans to

a 95-88 triumph over San Antonio. Greivis Vasquez finished with 14 points for

the Hornets' who've won back-to-back games for the first time since early

November

The Spurs committed 19 turnovers that led

to 23 Hornets points.

Also in the NBA, Chicago beat Cleveland

118-92 behind Carlos Boozer's 24 points and 11 rebounds. Joakim

Noah added 11 points and 11 rebounds while Luol Deng had 19 points and seven

assists to help the Bulls move percentage points ahead of Indiana atop the

Central Division.

Wayne Ellington's six three-pointers and

season-high 26 points led the Memphis Grizzlies' offense in a 113-81 laugher

against the Kings in Sacramento. Zach Randolph provided 17 points, grabbed

seven rebounds and helped the Grizzlies outscoring the Kings 66-36 in the

second half.

Boston managed to beat the Knicks 102-96

in New York despite the absence of guard Rajon Rondo,

who served a one-game suspension for making contact with a referee during Sunday's

win over Atlanta and failing to cooperate with an NBA investigation. Paul

Pierce had a team-high 23 points for the Celtics, who held the Knicks to just

30 points in the second half. Kevin Garnett added 19 points and 10 rebounds

while helping the Celtics hold Carmelo Anthony to 20 points on 6-of-26

shooting.

Gordon Hayward drained four three-pointers

and scored a season-high 27 points as Utah downed Dallas 100-94. Alec Burks

contributed eight of his season-high 13 points while the Jazz held the Mavericks

to 14 points on 5-of-16 shooting.

LaMarcus Aldridge hit for 27 points,

Wesley Matthews finished with 24 and J.J. Hickson added 20 in Portland's

125-119 overtime win against Orlando. The Trail Blazers have won three straight

overall and are 12-4 at home after dealing the Magic their ninth consecutive

loss.

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