Clippers rally to win their 16th straight game
Chris Paul scored 29 points and the Los Angeles Clippers rallied from a 19-point deficit in the third quarter to beat the Utah Jazz 116-114...
SALT LAKE CITY — Chris Paul scored 29 points and the Los Angeles Clippers rallied from a 19-point deficit in the third quarter to beat the Utah Jazz 116-114 on Friday night, stretching their winning streak to 16 games.
Ex-Clipper Randy Foye's three-pointer at the buzzer was contested by Matt Barnes, but no foul was called. Foye finished with a season-high 28 points for Utah.
Paul scored the Clippers' final seven points, most from the free-throw line, as Los Angeles extended the NBA's longest winning streak this season.
The Jazz led 74-55 with 8:08 left in the third on a pair of free throws by Paul Millsap. But the Clippers outscored Utah 29-14 the rest of the quarter to pull to 88-84 going into the fourth.
Paul provided the offense with 13 points on 4-of-6 shooting in the third. He added nine points in the fourth.
• Will Bynum had 25 points and 10 assists off the bench, leading host Detroit past short-handed Miami 109-99 despite 35 points by LeBron James.
Miami was without Dwyane Wade, suspended for a game by the NBA for flailing his leg and making contact with Charlotte's Ramon Sessions on Wednesday.
• The Brooklyn Nets gave P.J. Carlesimo a victory in his debut and visiting Charlotte a 17th straight loss, getting 26 points from Brook Lopez in a 97-81 rout.
A day after firing Avery Johnson, the Nets played as they did last month, when they were 11-4 and Johnson was Eastern Conference coach of the month.
• Jamaal Wilkes' jersey was retired by the Los Angeles Lakers during halftime of their 104-87 win over Portland.
• James Johnson made a three-pointer at the buzzer, lifting the Sacramento Kings to a 106-105 victory over the visiting New York Knicks after blowing an early 27-point lead.