Clippers edge Utah in thriller

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Updated: December 4, 2012

Portland produced the goods in overtime, Detroit, New Orleans and Orlando eased to wins, while Denver and the Clippers edged Toronto and Utah in tight games.

Ryan Anderson scored a team-high 22 points and pulled down seven rebounds as the New Orleans Hornets continued their home-court dominance of the Milwaukee Bucks with a 102-81 thumping at New Orleans Arena.

Brandon Knight had 17 points, five rebounds and five assists to lead the Detroit Pistons past the Cleveland Cavaliers, 89-79, at the Palace Of Auburn Hills.

Chris Paul’s driving layup within the final minute put the Clippers on top for good, as Los Angeles rallied in the fourth quarter to top the Utah Jazz, 105-104, at EnergySolutions Arena. Paul finished with 14 points and nine assists, while Blake Griffin dropped in a game-high 30 points to go along with 11 rebounds in the Clippers’ third straight win. Mo Williams paced five Utah double-digit scorers with 20 points and 12 assists. Randy Foye added 19 points, Gordon Hayward had 17, Al Jefferson contributed 16 with 10 rebounds and Paul Millsap scored 13 for the Jazz, who lost at home for the first time this season and had their 12-game, regular-season home win streak snapped.

Corey Brewer poured in 19 points to lead six Denver players in double figures on Monday, as the Nuggets survived a late rally from the Toronto Raptors to take a 113-110 victory at Pepsi Center. Kenneth Faried followed with 18 points and 10 rebounds, JaVale McGee netted 17 points and Ty Lawson donated 16 to help Denver put the brakes on a three-game skid. Danilo Gallinari chipped in 13 points and Kosta Koufos added 10 points and 10 boards in the victory. Kyle Lowry led Toronto with a game-high 24 points to go with seven assists, while Andrea Bargnani tallied 23 points and DeMar DeRozan finished with 18 points and seven boards for the Raptors, who haven’t won in Denver since Dec. 30, 2003.

J.J. Redick netted 17 of his 22 points in the second half on Monday night, as the Orlando Magic bested the Golden State Warriors, 102-94, at Oracle Arena. Glen Davis and Arron Afflalo poured in 24 points apiece, while Nikola Vucevic donated 14 points and 15 rebounds for the Magic, who have won the first two games of their current five-game West Coast swing.

Damian Lillard poured in 24 points and keyed a furious Portland comeback that lifted the Trail Blazers to a 118-112 overtime win over the slumping Charlotte Bobcats at Time Warner Cable Arena. Fourteen of Lillard’s scoring total came during the fourth quarter or overtime, and the talented rookie netted eight points as part of a 23-5 run that enabled the Blazers to overcome an 18-point deficit with five minutes left in regulation and force extra time. The young guard added nine assists in the improbable rally.

Tonight’s action sees Minnesota at Philadelphia, a win for the 76ers will see them join Brooklyn in second place in the Atlantic, Brooklyn host Oklahoma, the Thunder looking for 6 straight wins, Miami are going for a seventh straight against Washington, Indiana and Phoenix are on the road to Chicago and Memphis, while the Lakers are up against Houston, both sides looking for consistency.