Clippers upstage Heat, Harden leads Houston, Detroit finally win

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Updated: November 15, 2012

On a packed NBA schedule last night, the Clippers stole the headlines with a win over Miami, Detroit finally got their first win of the season, James Harden starred again for Houston in their win over New Orleans, Milwaukee and Chicago both won in the Central Division, Memphis halted Oklahoma’s run, Charlotte and Boston won a third straight game, while their were also wins for Dallas and Golden State.

In LA, the Clippers continued to steal the headlines from superstar city rivals the Lakers, as they registered their 4th consecutive win, this time over the defending champions Miami. Jamal Crawford led the way with 22 points in the 107-100, with Blake Griffin had 20 points, 14 rebounds and six assists while Chris Paul added 16 points also getting in on the act for the home team. LeBron James posted 30 points, seven assists and five rebounds for the Heat, who moved to 2-2 on a six-game road trip. Ray Allen added 14 points and five steals in the loss.

James Harden scored 30 points to leading the way, as Houston fended off a late rally to upend the New Orleans Hornets, 100-96, at Toyota Center. Omer Asik totaled 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Rockets, who led by as many as 21 but needed a late bucket by Chandler Parsons to close out their second win in three games.

In a match up between 2 teams with the best streak, Memphis came off the better over Oklahoma in an impressive 107-97 win. Rudy Gay poured in 28 points and Zach Randolph racked up 20 and 11 rebounds as Memphis stretched their streak to 6.

Greg Monroe had 19 points and 18 rebounds as the Detroit Pistons ended their season-opening eight-game losing streak in convincing fashion, rolling to a 94-76 rout of the Philadelphia 76ers. With the Pistons winning, Washington now remain the only team without a win this after they lost again last night to Dallas 107-101, O.J. Mayo and Chris Kaman combined for 48 points.

Carlos Boozer posted 28 points and 14 rebounds as the Chicago Bulls took a 112-106 win in overtime against the Phoenix Suns. Joakim Noah had 21 points, 12 rebounds and five assists while Luol Deng posted 21 points and five rebounds for the Bulls, who bounced back from a loss to Boston on Monday. Boston followed that win, moving to 3 consecutive wins, as  Paul Pierce scored a game-high 23 points and Jeff Green added 16 points off the bench as the Boston Celtics held on for a 98-93 win over the Utah Jazz.

Harrison Barnes recorded his first career double-double with 19 points and 13 rebounds, sparking the Golden State Warriors to a 92-88 victory over the Atlanta Hawks, while Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis each posted 16 points and the Milwaukee Bucks dominated the Indiana Pacers, in a 99-85 win.

Charlotte continue to impress with a third straight win, holding off Minnesota 89-87, Kemba Walker with 22 points, five assists, four steals and four rebounds in a match winning all round display.

The action continues tonight in some key match ups. Boston and Brooklyn both on 3 game winning streaks face off in a battle for second in the Atlantic Division. New York put their unbeaten start on the line against high flying San Antonio who sit on an impressive 7-1 and Miami still on the road, look to bounce back from their loss to the Clippers last night when they face Denver.

Knicks +173 @ Spurs -200

Miami -129 @ Denver +109