Jamal Crawford, a Rainier Beach High School graduate, and 40-year-old Grant Hill played important roles as the Los Angeles Clippers beat the host New York Knicks 102-88.
NEW YORK — Chris Paul preserved the big lead Jamal Crawford helped build, then they both looked elsewhere for the key to this victory by the Los Angeles Clippers.
“I think the game ball goes to Grant Hill,” Paul said.
Hill led a defensive effort that limited Carmelo Anthony to one basket in the fourth quarter, and Los Angeles pulled away for a 102-88 victory over the New York Knicks on Sunday.
Anthony scored 42 points — his fifth game with at least 40 this season — but took a mere two shots in the final quarter while defended by the 40-year-old Hill, who didn’t play in the first half but was on the floor for the final 15:21.
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“I think that Grant Hill sitting on the bench the whole time, he came in and provided a great presence out there on Melo. I don’t think we win that game without him,” Crawford said.
Paul scored 25 points in his second game back from injury and Crawford, a former Knicks guard who is a graduate of Rainier Beach High School in Seattle, had 27. Crawford scored 11 points in the fourth quarter.
Blake Griffin finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Clippers, who bounced back from a 22-point loss in Miami on Friday to win for the fourth time in 12 games.
Anthony, who scored 18 points in the third quarter, said the Clippers made a defensive adjustment, changing their pick-and-roll coverage and sending another defender at him.
“There’s four other guys on the basketball court. We’ve just got to make plays and we’ve been doing that all season long,” Anthony said. “Tonight, today, we didn’t make plays in the fourth quarter and we didn’t win the game.”
Host Miami beats Lakers
MIAMI — LeBron James scored 32 points on 12-for-18 shooting in a record-setting show, Dwyane Wade scored 30 and the defending champion Miami Heat beat the Los Angeles Lakers 107-97 for its fifth straight victory.
It was James’ fifth consecutive game with at least 30 points, a franchise record. He joined Adrian Dantley (1979) and Moses Malone (1982) as the only NBA players to score at least 30 and shoot at least 60 percent in five straight outings, team officials said.
Kobe Bryant had 28 points and nine assists for the Lakers, who made eight turnovers in the fourth quarter — compared with none for the Heat.
Boston outlasts Denver
BOSTON — The Boston Celtics won a marathon matchup of the league’s hottest teams.
Paul Pierce had 27 points, 14 rebounds and 14 assists and the Celtics extended their winning streak to seven games with a 118-114 triple-overtime victory over Denver. The Nuggets had won their previous nine.
Boston reserve Jason Terry, a graduate of Franklin High in Seattle, scored a season-high 26 points, including a three-pointer with 1:33 left in the third overtime for a 116-113 lead. Terry also stole the ball from Andre Miller with 35 seconds left in the third OT.
Denver’s Ty Lawson had 29 points.
• Tony Parker had 29 points and 11 assists to lead visiting San Antonio to a 111-86 victory over the Brooklyn Nets. The Spurs have won 12 of their last 13.
• Russell Westbrook scored 24 points as the Oklahoma City Thunder routed host Phoenix 97-69 — two days after beating the Suns by 31 points on its home court.
• J.J. Redick scored 22 points and host Orlando beat Portland 110-104 to snap a 12-game losing streak.
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 25 points for Portland, which has lost seven of its last eight road games.