National Basketball Association Game Capsules

Updated: December 23, 2013

Indianapolis, IN ( – Lance Stephenson filled the stat sheet
with 12 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists as the Indiana Pacers crushed the
Boston Celtics, 106-79, from Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Stephenson now has
three triple-doubles this season — two of which came against the
Celtics — and is the only player in the Association with more than one.
Paul George paced Indiana with 24 points, while Roy Hibbert added 15 points
with 12 rebounds and three blocks. Danny Granger contributed 12 points off the
bench to build off a five-point effort in his season debut against Houston on
Friday. Avery Bradley scored 13 points, while Jeff Green and Courtney Lee
chipped in with 11 points apiece for Boston, which has lost three straight.

Final Score: Toronto 104, Oklahoma City 98

Oklahoma City, OK ( – Kyle Lowry had 22 points and nine
assists as the Toronto Raptors handed the Oklahoma City Thunder their first
home loss of the season following a 104-98 triumph on Sunday night. A Lowry
triple with 3:15 left gave Toronto a 98-93 cushion, but Perry Jones sunk a
pair of free throws and Kevin Durant nailed a straightaway 3 to knot the
game with 1:39 left. The Raptors, though, netted the final six points of the
contest. John Salmons made two foul shots at the other end and Jonas
Valanciunas blocked Russell Westbrook in transition to keep Toronto in front.
Amir Johnson knocked down two free throws to make it 102-98. Durant missed a
triple with 12 seconds left and Lowry pulled down the rebound and
nailed a pair of foul shots to seal the outcome. Johnson tallied 17 points
and 13 rebounds for Toronto, which has won four of its last five contests.
DeMar DeRozan netted 17 points in the victory. Westbrook had 27 points, nine
rebounds and five assists, while Durant added 24 points and eight boards for
the Thunder, who had their nine-game winning streak snapped. Oklahoma City
was the lone remaining unbeaten team at home heading into the tilt.

Final Score: LA Clippers 120, Minnesota 116 (OT)

Los Angeles, CA ( – Jamal Crawford scored the final four
points of regulation and Chris Paul made crucial free throws down the stretch
in overtime as the Los Angeles Clippers survived with a thrilling 120-116 win
over the Minnesota Timberwolves from Staples Center. Blake Griffin paced the
Clippers with 32 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out early in the extra
session. Paul, who scored 19 points with 13 assists, carried the load from
there, sinking 5-of-6 from the foul line in the final seconds to help LA
secure its fifth straight win. Crawford added 22 points, Darren Collison went
for a season-high 18 off the bench and DeAndre Jordan grabbed 17 rebounds in
the triumph. Minnesota’s starting frontcourt tandem of Kevin Love and Nikola
Pekovic was dominant despite the loss. Love filled it up, tallying 45 points,
19 rebounds and six assists, while Pekovic scored a career-high 34 points to
go with 14 boards.