Lakers downed again, Clippers end Spurs winning streak

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Updated: November 8, 2012

Another eventful night in the NBA, saw Denver stun Houston, the Lakers lost again, while the Spurs lost their unbeaten record. There were also wins for Phoenix, Boston, Atlanta, Memphis, Philadelphia, Minnesota, Dallas, Sacramento and Golden State.

Al Horford scored a team-high 16 points and Jeff Teague poured in 15 to lead the Atlanta Hawks to an 89-86 win over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday. The Hawks trailed 83-69 with 6:34 to play, but used an 18-0 run to pull ahead 87-83 with 32.7 seconds left. Teague buried a 3-pointer at the 1:04 mark to give Atlanta the lead at 85-83.

Luke Ridnour netted a game-high 19 points and pulled down five rebounds as the Minnesota Timberwolves easily handled the Orlando Magic, 90-75, on Wednesday at the Target Center. Derrick Williams scored 14 points and ripped down six rebounds, while Greg Stiemsma added 12 points and five boards for the Timberwolves, who improved to 3-1 on the young season. Nikola Pekovic and Chase Budinger laced 11 and 10 points, respectively, in the victory.

Before the Miami Heat embark on an upcoming two- week, six-game road swing, they had to take care of business in the finale of a brief homestand against the Brooklyn Nets. They did just that for the 10th straight time. LeBron James was two assists away from a triple-double in the Heat’s 103-73 rout of the Nets. James tallied 20 points, 12 rebounds and eight helpers, while Dwyane Wade added 22 points for Miami, which swept its three-game homestand.

Jrue Holiday posted a double-double with 14 points and 12 assists and Evan Turner added 14 points and eight rebounds to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 77-62 win over the New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday. Thaddeus Young also notched a double-double with 12 points and 10 boards and Lavoy Allen chipped in with 12 points for the Sixers, who bounced back from back-to-back losses to the Knicks. Spencer Hawes added 11 points, six rebounds and three blocks in the win.

Behind double-doubles and stifling defense late from Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo, the Boston Celtics defeated the Washington Wizards in overtime, 100-94, at TD Garden to complete a home- and-home sweep. Garnett, who tallied 20 points, 13 rebounds, two blocks and a steal, grabbed a huge board off a Chris Singleton miss in overtime and outletted to Rondo, who found Brandon Bass underneath the basket for an uncontested dunk to all but seal the victory. Rondo posted his fourth-straight double-double with 18 points and 14 assists, while Pierce totaled 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Celtics, who have beaten the Wizards in the last six meetings. Martell Webster and Kevin Seraphin scored 16 points apiece for the Wizards, but each had costly turnovers late in the fourth quarter.

Ty Lawson scored a game-high 21 points and handed out eight assists on Wednesday, as the Denver Nuggets knocked off the Houston Rockets, 93-87, at Toyota Center. Kenneth Faried recorded a double-double with 16 points and 16 rebounds, while Corey Brewer chipped in 14 points off the bench for the Nuggets, who have won two straight after dropping their first three games of the season. Carlos Delfino led Houston with 19 points and Patrick Patterson followed with 18 points for the Rockets, who have lost two straight since opening the season with back-to-back victories.

Shannon Brown hit six 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and finished the game with 24 points, as the Phoenix Suns took a 117-110 win over the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday. Michael Beasley and Marcin Gortat each posted double-doubles with 21 points and 15 rebounds and 23 points and 10 rebounds, respectively, for the Suns, who had dropped their previous two games. Byron Mullens had 24 points and eight rebounds, Ramon Sessions had 17 points and nine assists and Kemba Walker finished the game with 17 points and eight helpers for the Bobcats, who have dropped their past two games

Zach Randolph posted a double-double of 18 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 108-90 win over the Milwaukee Bucks. Marreese Speights contributed 18 points and nine boards off the bench for the Grizzlies, who have won three straight since a season-opening loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.

Randy Foye scored a team-high 17 points off the bench for the Jazz, who defeated the Los Angeles Lakers, 95-86, on Wednesday. Foye caught fire in the fourth, draining four 3-pointers in the period, and Al Jefferson posted a double-double with 16 points and 10 boards for the Jazz, who snapped a three-game skid.

Blake Griffin recorded a double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds on Wednesday, as the Los Angeles Clippers steamrolled the San Antonio Spurs, 106-84, at Staples Center. DeAndre Jordan and Chris Paul each registered a double-double as well, as Jordan tallied 20 points and 11 boards and Paul finished with 10 points and 12 assists for the Clippers, who were swept by the Spurs in the second round of the playoffs last season.

Chris Kaman and O.J. Mayo combined for 44 points on Wednesday and the Dallas Mavericks hung on to defeat the Toronto Raptors, 109-104, at American Airlines Center. Kaman finished with 22 points and eight rebounds, while Mayo netted 22 to go with five rebounds and six assists for the Mavericks, who improved to 4-1 on the season. Vince Carter dropped 17 points on his former team and Brandon Wright added 12 points in the triumph.

David Lee filled the box score with 22 points, 14 rebounds, six assists and three steals, leading the Golden State Warriors to a healthy 106-96 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Stephen Curry chipped in 21 points and six helpers, Carl Landry donated 19 points off the bench and Harrison Barnes added 14 for the Warriors, who have alternated wins and losses over their first five games.

DeMarcus Cousins scored 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, as the Kings held off the Pistons and kept them winless with a 105-103 victory at Sleep Train Arena. Seven Kings scored in double figures, with Tyreke Evans and Isaiah Thomas each chipping in 15 points. Jason Thompson added 13 points and Jimmer Fredette netted 12, including two big free throws down the stretch for Sacramento, which has won two straight after going 0-3 on the road to start the seaso