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Heat beat Clippers; Lakers get a win

By Chris Pike
7 February 2014 01:10AM EST

MIAMI again showed its ability to win out west beating the Clippers at Staples Centre in the NBA on Wednesday while the Lakers ended their losing run with a win over Cleveland.

There were 12 matches in the NBA on Wednesday night with the LA Lakers beating Cleveland 119-108, Boston defeating Philadelphia 114-108, San Antonio downing Washington 125-118, Orlando beating Detroit 112-98, Portland defeating New York 94-90 and Houston downing Phoenix 122-108.

Dallas also beat Memphis 110-96 while New Orleans beat Atlanta 105-100, Oklahoma City downed Minnesota 106-97, Denver prevailed over Milwaukee 110-100, Sacramento beat Toronto 109-101 and Miami defeated the LA Clippers 116-112.

The Lakers ended their seven-game losing streak in Cleveland on Wednesday night building a 29-point advantage before beating the Cavaliers by 11 points.

Ryan Kelly led the way for the Lakers with 26 points while Wesley Johnson scored 20 points, Jordan Farmar 21 (eight assists), Chris Kaman 13, Kendall Marshall 12, Steve Blake 11 (15 assists, 10 rebounds) and Robert Sacre 10.

CJ Miles top-scored for Cleveland off the bench with 27 points while Anderson Varejao finished with 15 points, 13 rebounds and five assists.

Boston had a horror start to the 2014 calendar year and were on a run of losing 16 of 18 matches, but the Celtics have now won two straight following a six-point win over the 76ers in Philadelphia on Wednesday night.

Jeff Green had a big night for the Celtics finishing with 36 points and eight rebounds on the back of shooting 11-of-18 from the field, and 5-of-7 from three-point range.

Jared Sullinger also added 19 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and four blocked shots in a strong all-round game while Brandon Bass scored 18 points, Avery Bradley 14, Jerryd Bayless 11 and Rajon Rondo eight to go with 11 assists and nine rebounds.

Thaddeus Young top-scored for Philadelphia with 20 points with Tony Wroten scoring 18 points, Spencer Hawes 13 (14 rebounds), Evan Turner 12, James Anderson 11, Michael Carter-Williams 11 and Lavoy Allen 10 to go with 10 rebounds.

San Antonio had no trouble accounting for the Wizards in Washington on Wednesday night winning by seven points in a high-scoring affair.

It was the 16th straight win for the Spurs over the Wizards as they improved to a 36-13 record on the season to remain in second position in the western conference standings.

Veteran power forward Tim Duncan led the way for the Spurs with 31 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, three blocked shots and two steals as he continues to show that he has plenty left in the tank.

Australian guard Patty Mills also added 23 points, six rebounds and four assists off the bench for the Spurs with Danny Green finishing with 22 points and Marco Belinelli 14.

Point guard John Wall led the way for Washington with 29 points and nine assists with Bradley Beal finishing with 19 points, Trevor Ariza 15, Nene 12, Marcin Gortat 11, Martell Webster 10 and Trevor Booker 10.

Detroit's miserable form continued in Orlando losing to the NBA's second worst team with a non-competitive effort to go down to the Magic by 14 points.

Rookie Victor Oladipo top-scored for the Magic off the bench with 20 points while Glen Davis added 18 points, Arron Afflalo 15, Maurice Harkless 15, Nikola Vucevic 14 and Jameer Nelson seven to go with 11 assists.

Josh Smith top-scored for the Pistons with 25 points and 12 rebounds with Brandon Jennings finishing with 15 points and 10 assists, Andre Drummond 15 points and 14 rebounds, Rodney Stuckey 14 points, Greg Monroe 12 points and Kyle Singler 11 points.

New York's poor season continued on Wednesday with yet another loss inside Madison Square with the Knicks now having lost 30 games already in 2013/14 after not losing that many in all last season.

On Wednesday night, it was the western conference's third-ranked team Portland who came to New York and won by four points with Nicolas Batum leading the way with 20 points and 10 rebounds.

Wesley Matthews also added 18 points and seven rebounds while LaMarcus Aldridge contributed 15 points, 12 rebounds and five assists, Damian Lillard 12 points, five boards and four assists, and Mo Williams 10 points.

Carmelo Anthony led the way for the Knicks with 26 points and eight rebounds with JR Smith adding 18 points, Amare Stoudemire 15 and Tim Hardaway Jr 12.

Phoenix put in perhaps its worst showing of the season on Wednesday night in Houston losing the Rockets by 14 points giving up a season-high in points (122) and field goal percentage (54.9).

Centre Dwight Howard led the way for Houston finishing with 34 points and 14 rebounds while James Harden added 23 points.

Chandler Parsons also scored 19 points to go with seven rebounds and six assists for the Rockets with Terrence Jones contributing 19 points and Jeremy Lin 11.

Goran Dragic again led the way for the Suns with 23 points and eight assists with Gerald Green scoring 13 points, PJ Tucker 13, Leandro Barbosa 13, Markieff Morris 12 and Marcus Morris 11.

Dallas recorded a strong 14-point victory in Memphis over the Grizzlies on Wednesday night to see the Mavericks improve to a 29-21 record to be sitting eighth in the western conference while the Grizzlies now are 26-22 in ninth spot.

Dirk Nowitzki once again led the way for the Mavs finishing with 26 points and six rebounds with Brandan Wright adding 17 points off the bench.

Samuel Dalembert also finished with 14 points and 10 boards with Monta Ellis scoring 14 points and Vince Carter 13 to go with seven assists.

Zach Randolph did all he could for Memphis with the power forward finishing with 25 points, nine rebounds and four assists on the back of shooting 10-of-14 from the field.

Courtney Lee also scored 22 points for the Grizzlies with Nick Calathes finishing with 16 points and five assists, and Marc Gasol 12 points and five assists.

James Johnson scored 17 points off the bench and also blocked four shots including his 15th blocked three-pointer of the season with no other NBA player having even blocked 10 from downtown.

New Orleans continued its vastly-improved form having now won six of its last nine matches following Wednesday night's five-point victory at home over Atlanta.

Power forward Anthony Davis proved too much for Atlanta to handle finishing with 27 points and 10 rebounds for the Pelicans while Brian Roberts added 19 points and six assists, Eric Gordon 18 points and Anthony Morrow 16 to go with five rebounds.

Paul Millsap top-scored for the Hawks with 26 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and two blocks with DeMarre Carroll adding 22 points, Pero Antic 16 and point guard Jeff Teague 11 points and 13 assists.

Minnesota likely is the best team in the NBA not currently slated to make the playoffs but Oklahoma City again asserted its authority over the rest of the league on Wednesday night scoring a solid nine-point home victory.

The Thunder have now won eight straight matches at home on their way to a western conference best record of 40-11.

Kevin Durant once again top-scored for Oklahoma City with 26 points to go with nine rebounds and seven assists on the back of shooting 11-of-20 from the field and 3-of-5 from three-point territory.

Stand-in point guard for the injured Russell Westbrook, Reggie Jackson had a good night with 20 points and nine assists while Serge Ibaka finished with 14 points and seven rebounds, Derek Fisher 13 points and Thabo Sefolosha 12 to go with six boards.

Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio top-scored for his team with 19 points, eight rebounds and five assists with Dante Cunningham adding 18 points, eight boards, three assists, three steals and three blocked shots.

Milwaukee remains the only team to not have at least 10 games this season or to have strung at least two wins together with the woeful Bucks losing in Denver to the Nuggets by 10 points on Wednesday night.

Wilson Chandler top-scored for the Nuggets with 24 points on the back of 11-of-19 shooting from the field while point guard Ty Lawson was terrific with 18 points and 13 assists.

Randy Foye also finished with 20 points and six assists for Denver with JJ Hickson adding 19 points, 10 rebounds and two blocked shots.

Khris Middleton finished with 25 points for Milwaukee with centre Larry Sanders also adding 25 points and 15 rebounds while point guard Brandon Knight contributed 16 points and eight assists.

Sacramento hosted Toronto on Wednesday night and managed to open up a lead by as much as 22 points before withstanding a comeback from the Raptors to win by eight.

The result improved the Kings to a 17-32 record on the season and got them off the bottom of the western conference standings at the expense of Utah.

Centre DeMarcus Cousins led the way for Sacramento with 25 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and two blocked shots while Rudy Gay contributed 24 points and 10 boards, and point guard Isaiah Thomas 23 points and five assists.

Kyle Lowry top-scored for the Raptors with 21 points, eight assists and seven rebounds with DeMar DeRozan finishing with 18 points, six boards and four assists.

Patrick Patterson also had 14 points off the bench with Steve Novak finishing with 12 points and Jonas Valanciunas 12 to go with 11 rebounds and three blocked shots.

Miami then withstood a big fourth quarter fight back by the Clippers at Staples Centre to hold on and win by four points to see the Heat improve to a 35-13 record on the season while the Clippers slipped to 34-18.

The Heat's victory gives them a sweep of the season-series over the Clippers for the first time in 10 years and snaps a five-game losing run in the Staples Centre against the Clippers in the process.

LeBron James led the way for the Heat finishing with 31 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds while Chris Bosh added 15 points, Ray Allen 15, Dwyane Wade 14, Shane Battier 14, Chris Andersen 12 and Mario Chalmers 10.

Blake Griffin did all he could for the Clippers finishing with 43 points, 15 rebounds and six assists on the back of shooting 16-of-34 from the field.

Jamal Crawford also added 31 points and six assists while centre DeAndre Jordan contributed 16 points and 16 rebounds.

NBA Results Wednesday February 5
Los Angeles Lakers (17-32) 119 defeated Cleveland Cavaliers (16-33) 108
Boston Celtics (17-33) 114 defeated Philadelphia 76ers (15-35) 108
San Antonio Spurs (36-13) 125 defeated Washington Wizards (24-24) 118
Detroit Pistons (19-29) 98 lost to Orlando Magic (14-37) 112
Portland Trail Blazers (35-14) 94 defeated New York Knicks (19-30) 90
Phoenix Suns (29-20) 108 lost to Houston Rockets (33-17) 122
Dallas Mavericks (29-21) 110 defeated Memphis Grizzlies (26-22) 96
Atlanta Hawks (25-23) 100 lost to New Orleans Pelicans (21-27) 105
Minnesota Timberwolves (24-25) 97 lost to Oklahoma City Thunder (40-11) 106
Milwaukee Bucks (9-40) 100 lost to Denver Nuggets (24-23) 110
Toronto Raptors (26-23) 101 lost to Sacramento Kings (17-32) 109
Miami Heat (35-13) 116 defeated Los Angeles Clippers (34-18) 112

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