NBA Update: 15 in a Row for Clippers, Thunder End Slide
UNDATED (AP) - The L.A. Clippers made their 15th straight victory look easy, cruising to a 106-77 win over Boston. Matt Barnes led the Clippers with 21 off the bench. Blake Griffin had 15 points and eight boards in just 26 minutes of duty. Chris Paul scored eight and dished out 11 assists for the Clippers.
The Clippers are the first team to win 15 consecutive games since the Celtics won 19 in a row four years ago.
The Clippers lead the NBA with a 23-6 mark. They go for 16 in a row tonight at Utah in the second night of a back-to-back.
In last night's only other NBA game: Kevin Durant scored 40 points while Russell Westbrook added eight of his 16 points in overtime to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat Dallas 111-105 for their 11th straight home victory. That ends OKC's two-game slide.
In other NBA News:
New York Knicks point guard Raymond Felton won't need surgery on his broken right pinky finger and is expected to be out at least a month. The Knicks say Felton consulted with a hand specialist yesterday after flying home from Phoenix and will be in a splint to stabilize the finger. Felton, who could miss 4 to 6 weeks, was injured during the Knicks' loss to the Lakers on Christmas. He is averaging 15.8 points and 6.3 assists, helping the Knicks to a 21-8 start.
Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade has been suspended one game without pay by the NBA for flailing his leg and making contact with the groin of Charlotte Bobcats' Ramon Sessions. He's due to serve the suspension Friday night when the Heat play Detroit.
Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard was fined $35,000 by the NBA on Thursday for a flagrant foul against Denver's Kenneth Faried. Howard was ejected from Wednesday night's game.
Coach of the month in November, out of a job by New Year's. The Nets have elevated expectations this season, and a .500 record isn't good enough. Coach Avery Johnson has been fired. His team lost 10 of 13 games after a strong start to its first season in Brooklyn and is 14-14 overall. Johnson was 60-116 in two-plus seasons with the Nets.
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