Pistons 109, Clippers 104
Blake Griffin scored 44 points in his return to Staples Center for the first time against his old team and the Detroit Pistons beat the Los Angeles Clippers to snap a four-game skid. Griffin scored 15 points in the opening quarter when he got razzed by superfan Clipper Darrell during free throw attempts. He had 26 points in the first half to help Detroit to a 65-54 lead. The Clippers tied it at 97 on a 3-pointer by Lou Williams after outscoring the Pistons 17-7 to open the fourth. Reggie Bullock had two 3-pointers around Andre Drummond’s dunk and Griffin’s hook for a 107-99 lead. The Clippers got within three and Griffin missed two 3-pointers in the closing seconds.
Heat 112, Grizzlies 108
Justise Winslow scored 26 points, Dwyane Wade had a huge blocked shot in the final seconds and the Miami Heat beat the Memphis Grizzlies. Josh Richardson and Tyler Johnson each scored 14 for Miami. Bam Adebayo and Derrick Jones Jr. scored 11 apiece for the Heat and Wade had 10, but arguably the two biggest plays of his night came in the final 4 seconds. Wade blocked a potentially game-tying layup by Shelvin Mack, then won a jump ball to help the Heat escape. JaMychal Green scored 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Grizzlies. Mike Conley scored 22 and Marc Gasol had 15.
Magic 105, Celtics 103
Aaron Gordon had 28 points and 12 rebounds, and the Orlando Magic held off a late rally to beat the Boston Celtics. Jayson Tatum missed a jumper at the buzzer that would have tied it for the Celtics, who charged back from a nine-point deficit in the final 1:43 before losing to the Magic for the second time this season. Kyrie Irving scored 25 points for the Celtics, 10 of them from the foul line in the final 4:31 as Boston made its late charge. Nikola Vucevic had 16 points and 13 rebounds for Orlando, which broke a four-game losing streak. Terrence Ross came off the bench with 25 points, 18 in the second half.
Thunder 122, Spurs 112
Dennis Schroder scored all of his 19 points in the second half to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the San Antonio Spurs. Russell Westbrook had 24 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists for Oklahoma City. Schroder, a reserve point guard, went 0 for 4 from the field in the first half before going 8 for 13 after the break. Oklahoma City’s reserves scored 48 points to help snap a three-game losing streak. The Thunder had seven players score in double figures. DeMar DeRozan led the Spurs with 18 points. LaMarcus Aldridge finished with 17.
Timberwolves 110, Pelicans 106
Karl-Anthony Towns had 27 points and a career-high 27 rebounds to help the Minnesota Timberwolves hold off Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans. Towns swished a 3-pointer to make it 106-103 with 2:55 left, giving the Timberwolves the lead for good. Then he blocked a 3-point try by Davis on the other end, triggering a fast break that Tyus Jones finished with a layup. Davis had 30 points and 14 rebounds for his 13th consecutive double-double. Jrue Holiday added 25 points and seven assists for the Pelicans.