NEW YORK — Chris Paul scored 25 points in his second game back from injury, reserve Jamal Crawford had 27 and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the New York Knicks 102-88 on Sunday.
Carmelo Anthony had 42 points in his fifth 40-point game of the season for the Knicks, but made only one field goal in the fourth quarter as 40-year-old Grant Hill came off the Clippers’ bench to defend him.
Blake Griffin finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Clippers.
Raymond Felton scored 20 points for the Knicks. J.R. Smith was 1-for-9 from the field, getting badly outplayed by Crawford in a matchup of top NBA reserves.
Paul added seven assists and six rebounds after being held to a season-low three points Friday in Miami.
He had missed nine straight and 12 of the previous 14 games with a bruised right kneecap, and an excellent Clippers season hit a rocky patch without him.
Paul scored 16 points in the first half, then had five in a row down the stretch to hold off the Knicks comeback attempt.
Anthony took only two shots in the final period after he had scored 18 points in the third.
The Clippers held a 71-70 lead heading to the fourth quarter.
But after Amare Stoudemire’s three-point play to open the quarter, the Clippers scored 15 of the next 19 points, taking an 86-77 lead on Crawford’s basket with about seven minutes left.
Celtics 118, Nuggets 114, 3OT: In Boston, Paul Pierce had 27 points, 14 rebounds and 14 assists and the Boston Celtics extended their winning streak to seven games.
Boston’s win also ended Denver’s winning streak at nine games.
Pierce made a tying 3-pointer in the second overtime to make it 107-107 and extend the game.
Kevin Garnett had 20 points and grabbed 18 rebounds, while Jason Terry scored a season-high 26 points off the bench.
The Celtics also stayed unbeaten since point guard Rajon Rondo’s season-ending knee injury.
Terry hit a 3-pointer with 1:33 remaining in the third overtime to put the Celtics ahead 116-113.
Thunder 97, Suns 69: In Phoenix, Thabo Sefolosha was a career-high 5-of-7 on 3-pointers for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Russell Westbrook scored 24 points in 28 minutes.
Sefolosha added 20 points, two shy of his career high. Kevin Durant scored 18, 11 below his NBA-leading season average (29.1), in limited duty.
Markieff Morris was the only Phoenix player in double figures with 12.
Spurs 111, Nets 86: In New York, Tony Parker had 29 points and 11 assists for San Antonio.
Danny Green added 14 points and Tiago Splitter had 13 for the Spurs, who were again without Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili because of injuries.
Joe Johnson scored 19 points and Brook Lopez had 18 for the Nets.
Heat 107, Lakers 97: In Miami, LeBron James scored 32 points on 12-for-18 shooting in a record-setting show, Dwyane Wade scored 30, and the Heat earned its fifth straight win.
It was James’ fifth straight game with at least 30 points, a franchise record. He’s shot better than 60 percent in all five of those games.
Mario Chalmers scored 13 and Chris Bosh finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Heat.
Kobe Bryant had 28 points and nine assists for the Lakers, who also got 18 points from Earl Clark. The Lakers had eight turnovers in the fourth quarter, while Miami had none.
Grizzlies 105, Timberwolves 88: In Memphis, Tenn., Tayshaun Prince scored 18 points, hitting all eight of his shots from the field, and the Memphis Grizzlies pulled away in the second quarter.
Three other Memphis players — Zach Randolph, Mike Conley and Austin Daye — each finished with 16 points. Conley also handed out eight assists, while Randolph grabbed eight rebounds to help the Grizzlies win their second straight.
Luke Ridnour and Ricky Rubio led the Timberwolves with 17 points apiece, and both finished with four assists. Mickael Gelabale scored 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting and Alexey Shved had 10 points and nine assists for Minnesota.
The loss continues a tailspin for the Timberwolves, who have lost 15 of their past 17, including eight straight on the road.
Magic 110, Blazers 104: In Orlando, Fla., J.J. Redick scored 22 points, Nikola Vucevic added 17 points and 19 rebounds, and the Magic snapped a 12-game losing streak.
The Magic shot 50 percent from the field in earning their first win since Jan. 16. They play their next two games at home. Reserve Gustavo Ayon had 16 points and 11 rebounds for Orlando.
LaMarcus Aldridge led Portland with 25 points. Nicolas Batum added 19 points.