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Ross' 51 not enough for Raptors v LAC

By Chris Pike
27 January 2014 12:45AM EST

THERE was another 51-point performance in the NBA on Saturday night but Terrence Ross' effort for Toronto wasn’t enough against the Clippers while Denver also upset the league-leading Indiana.

There were nine matches in the NBA on Saturday night with Chicago beating Charlotte 89-87, the Clippers beating Toronto 126-118, Memphis downing Houston 99-81, Oklahoma City beating Philadelphia 103-91 and Atlanta hammering Milwaukee 112-87.

Denver also beat Indiana 109-96 while Utah beat Washington 104-101 and Portland beat Minnesota 115-104.

Chicago continued its vastly-improved form surprisingly since the trading away of long-time servant Luol Deng with a tight two-point win on the road to Charlotte on Saturday night.

The victory improves the Bulls to a 22-21 record on the season to be in fifth position in the eastern conference standings.

DJ Augustin once again led the way for Chicago against his former team with 28 points on the back of hitting 6-of-12 from three-point territory.

Centre Joakim Noah finished with 11 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists and he has now pulled in 10 or more rebounds in 16 straight matches for the first time in his NBA career.

Taj Gibson also scored 13 points off the bench for Chicago with Mike Dunleavy scoring 12 points and Carlos Boozer 10.

Al Jefferson led the way for the Bobcats finishing with 32 points, 13 rebounds and three blocked shots on the back of shooting 15-of-26 from the field.

Jannero Pargo scored 15 points off the bench for Charlotte with Gerald Henderson adding 11 and Ramon Sessions eight to go with 11 assists.

The Clippers scored an impressive eight-point win in Toronto over the Raptors on Saturday night in a high-scoring entertaining affair with one player hitting 37 points off the bench for the winners and another 51 for the losers.

Jamal Crawford was the star of the night for the Clippers finishing with 37 points and 11 assists on the back of shooting 12-of-23 from the field and 5-of-11 from three-point territory.

All-Star starter Blake Griffin also added 30 points for the Clippers with JJ Redick scoring 18 points and Darren Collison 12 to go with six assists.

Meanwhile, it was the Terrence Ross show for Toronto with the forward finishing the night with 51 points and nine rebounds on the back of shooting 16-of-29 from the floor and 10-of-17 from three-point range.

Jonas Valanciunas finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Raptors with point guard Kyle Lowry adding 11 points and 12 assists.

Kevin Durant returned for Oklahoma City after missing Friday's win over Boston and he continued his streak of 30-plus matches scoring 32 points to go with 14 rebounds and 10 assists as the Thunder beat the 76ers in Philadelphia by 12 points.

The win improves the Thunder to a 35-10 record having now won seven straight matches to maintain their spot atop the western conference.

Serge Ibaka also added 25 points, 11 rebounds and five blocked shots for the Thunder while Nick Collison scored 12 points and Thabo Sefolosha 11.

James Anderson top-scored for the Sixers with 19 points and five rebounds with Evan Turner contributing 15 points, Spencer Hawes 14 and Thaddeus Young 13.

Memphis scored an emphatic 18-point win at home to Houston on Saturday night to improve the Grizzlies to a 22-20 record on the season but still be looking on from the outside of the western conference's top-eight.

If Memphis was in the east, meanwhile, it would be sitting in fourth position.

Zach Randolph again led the way for the Grizzlies with 15 points and 17 rebounds in what was his 189th double-double with the team since joining in 2009. That equals the franchise-best mark set by Pau Gasol.

Memphis point guard Mike Conley also finished with 17 points and four assists while Courtney Lee scored 15 points, Kosta Koufos 14, James Johnson 12 and Nick Calathes 11.

James Harden top-scored for the Rockets with 16 points with Dwight Howard finishing with 10 points and 12 rebounds.

Atlanta took out its frustrations from a massive thumping at home to San Antonio on Friday night to hammer the NBA's worst team the Bucks in Milwaukee on Saturday to the tune of 25 points.

The Bucks have now just one game in 12 attempts in 2014 to only sit on an 8-35 record overall this season.

Paul Millsap top-scored for the Hawks with 20 points, eight rebounds and four assists with Lou Williams scoring 18 points, Mike Scott 14, DeMarre Carroll 12, Kyle Korver 12 and Elton Brand 10.

Milwaukee point guard Brandon Knight did all he could finishing with 27 points and five assists with Ersan Ilyasova adding 11 points and 13 rebounds, and John Henson 10 points and 10 boards.

Indiana dropped to its ninth loss of the NBA season losing to Denver by 13 points on Saturday night.

The win continues the Nuggets recent dominance over the Pacers having now won 15 of the last 18 meetings, and eight of the last nine in Denver.

Wilson Chandler led the way for Denver with 25 points, six rebounds and three assists.

Point guard Ty Lawson also had 12 points and 10 assists while centre JJ Hickson contributed 14 points and 13 rebounds.

Timofey Mozgov also scored 15 points for the Nuggets while Nate Robinson also scored 15, Kenneth Faried 13 and Randy Foye 12.

Lance Stephenson top-scored for Indiana finishing with 23 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists with Paul George adding 18 points, 11 boards and six assists.

Power forward David West also finished with 16 points and six rebounds for Indiana and point guard George Hill 10 points, five rebounds and four assists.

Washington again missed an opportunity to improve to a winning record this time losing in Utah to the Jazz by three points to slip back to a 21-22 record.

Enes Kanter top-scored for the Jazz with 24 points while Derrick Favors added 11 points and 14 rebounds.

Gordon Hayward also scored 16 points with Alec Burks contributing 15 points and Trey Burke 12 to go with eight assists.

Trevor Ariza again top-scored for the Wizards with 23 points while centre Marcin Gortat finished with 14 points, 11 rebounds and two blocked shots.

Nene also scored 19 points, Bradley Beal 14 and John Wall 13.

Portland then managed to hold off Minnesota and win at home by 11 points on Saturday night to improve to a 33-11 record on the season to remain in third position on the western conference standings having won just 33 matches in all of last season.

MVP-candidate LaMarcus Aldridge again led the way for the Trail Blazers with 21 points and six rebounds with centre Robin Lopez adding 15 points and 10 boards.

Wesley Matthews finished with 18 points and Mo Williams 16 while point guard Damian Lillard added 14 points and five assists.

Kevin Martin did all he could for the Timberwolves scoring 30 points while hitting 6-of-10 from three-point range.

Centre Nikola Pekovic also added 23 points and 11 rebounds while Kevin Love finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds.

Point guard Ricky Rubio also had a double-double with 10 points and 11 assists.

NBA Results Saturday January 25
Chicago Bulls (22-21) 89 defeated Charlotte Bobcats (19-27) 87
Los Angeles Clippers (31-15) 126 defeated Toronto Raptors (22-21) 118
Oklahoma City Thunder (35-10) 103 defeated Philadelphia 76ers (14-30) 91
Houston Rockets (29-17) 81 lost to Memphis Grizzlies (22-20) 99
Atlanta Hawks (23-20) 112 defeated Milwaukee Bucks (8-35) 87
Indiana Pacers (34-9) 96 lost to Denver Nuggets (21-21) 109
Washington Wizards (21-22) 101 lost to Utah Jazz (15-29) 104
Minnesota Timberwolves (21-22) 104 lost to Portland Trail Blazers (33-11) 115

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