Hot-shooting Clippers bring down Bulls
Forward Blake Griffin tallied 26 points and 13 rebounds as the hot-shooting Los Angeles Clippers beat the Chicago Bulls 112-95.
The Clippers (30-15) knocked down 10 of their first 11 attempts from three-point range and the Bulls never got closer than eight points after falling behind 41-26 in the first quarter.
Guard Jamal Crawford added 19 points, guard J.J. Redick scored 18 and guard Darren Collison finished with 17. Forward Carlos Boozer led the Bulls (21-21) with 22 points.
Magic 114, Lakers 105
Forward Tobias Harris had 28 points and 20 rebounds, both season highs, to lead the Orlando Magic to a 114-105 victory over the struggling Los Angeles Lakers.
It was the 11th consecutive game the once-proud Lakers (16-28) have allowed at least 100 points.
They have lost nine of their last 11 games and it was just the second time this season the Magic (12-32) won when an opponent scored 100 or more.
Magic guard Arron Afflalo had 23 points while the Lakers were led by center Pau Gasol, who had 21 points and 11 rebounds.
Raptors 104, 76ers 95
DeMar DeRozan scored 34 points and Kyle Lowry had a triple-double as the Toronto Raptors defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 104-95.
Lowry, a Philadelphia native and Villanova University graduate, finished with 18 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds for the Atlantic Division-leading Raptors (22-20), who won their second straight and ended a four-game road losing streak.
Point guard Michael Carter-Williams had 20 points to lead Philadelphia (14-29), which lost for the fourth time in five games.
Pelicans 103, Pistons 101
Guard Eric Gordon's layup in the final second gave the New Orleans Pelicans a 103-101 win over the Detroit Pistons.
Guard Anthony Morrow scored 13 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter for the Pelicans (17-25), who trailed by 16 late in the third quarter.
Gordon and guard Austin Rivers added 15 points apiece and forward Anthony Davis chipped in 14.
Point guard Brandon Jennings scored 22 of his game-high 28 points during the second half to carry the Pistons (17-26), who have lost eight of their last nine home games.
Nets 107, Mavericks 106
A career-high 34 points from forward Mirza Teletovic was just enough to ensure the Brooklyn Nets are still the hottest team in January.
A 107-106 win over the Dallas Mavericks helped improve the Nets to 9-1 in 10 games this month.
Teletovic single-handedly kicked a sluggish game into gear and gave his side its insurmountable lead with a big-time second quarter.
The Bosnian hit his first three, three-pointers, all in succession, as he posted 24 points in the frame, including a career-high 19 in his first six minutes.
Cavaliers 93, Bucks 78
Center Anderson Varejao had a game-high 16 points in the Cleveland Cavaliers' 93-78 victory over the hapless Milwaukee Bucks.
Power forward Tristan Thompson recorded his 21st double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Cavaliers (16-27).
Guard Kyrie Irving posted his fifth double-double with 10 points, 10 assists and three rebounds.
Swingman Khris Middleton had a team-high 13 points for the Bucks (8-34).
Wizards 101, Suns 95
Forward Trevor Ariza scored 23 points and guard Bradley Beal had nine points in the fourth quarter, including two late baskets, as the Washington Wizards held Phoenix to 38 points in the second half and beat the Suns 101-95.
Guard John Wall had 18 points and 12 assists and forward Nene added 18 points as the Wizards forced 21 turnovers, seven in the third quarter, and pulled out a game that featured 19 lead changes with neither team ahead by more than eight points.
Guard Goran Dragic had 19 points and 11 assists for the Suns and forward Channing Frye added 16, including 12 in the first half of the first quarter.
(Editing by Peter Rutherford and John O'Brien)