Clippers pounce on Bulls without injured Rose
LOS ANGELES — Jared Dudley scored a season-high 21 points, Chris Paul added 16 points and 17 assists, and the Los Angeles Clippers jumped all over the Chicago Bulls in Derrick Rose’s absence for a 121-82 victory Sunday.
J.J. Redick scored 19 points and Blake Griffin had 15 points and 12 rebounds in the Pacific Division-leading Clippers’ seventh win in nine games.
Los Angeles finished strong in a stretch of four games in five days, posting the biggest margin of victory over Chicago in franchise history.
Luol Deng scored 22 points as the Bulls got off to a rough start to their latest stretch without Rose, who tore cartilage in his right knee Friday night in Portland.
The 2011 NBA MVP headed home to Chicago to prepare for surgery today, when Chicago should find out how long he’ll be sidelined.
Lakers 100, Kings 86
LOS ANGELES — Reserve forward Xavier Henry scored 12 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter, Pau Gasol had 20 points and 10 rebounds, and Los Angeles beat Sacramento.
Steve Blake finished with 12 assists, nine points and five rebounds. Blake, who has started all 14 games for the Lakers at point guard in place of the injured Steve Nash, has recorded double digits in assists in each of the last five.
THUNDER 95, JAZZ 73
OKLAHOMA CITY — Kevin Durant scored 19 points and Serge Ibaka had 17 points and 11 rebounds to help Oklahoma City extend its best season-opening start at home with a win over struggling Utah.
The Thunder (9-3) played without All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook, who sat out to rest his surgically repaired right knee.
Even without Westbrook, Oklahoma City’s lead swelled to as many as 37 points in the third quarter. Durant, the NBA’s leading scorer at 29.5 points per game, didn’t play in the fourth quarter — finishing with nine rebounds and hitting 12 of 13 free throws.
PISTONS 109, NETS 97
NEW YORK — Reserve Rodney Stuckey scored a season-high 27 points and Detroit sent Brooklyn to a fifth straight loss and sole possession of last place in the Atlantic Division.
The Nets, with their enormous payroll and enormous expectations, fell to 3-10, a half-game behind the New York Knicks, and were hearing boos at Barclays Center in the second half.
Greg Monroe had 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Pistons, who bounced back from consecutive losses to Atlanta. Brandon Jennings added 14 points and 10 assists, making all 10 free throws to make up for a 2-for-10 shooting performance.
SUNS 104, MAGIC 96
ORLANDO, Fla. — Goran Dragic scored 23 points and Gerald Green added 20 to lead Phoenix over Orlando.
Two days after stopping a four-game losing streak at Charlotte, the Suns took the lead early in the first quarter and never relinquished it.
After Orlando trimmed what had been a 14-point deficit to three late in the fourth quarter, Channing Frye made a difficult jumper and Dragic scored the game ‘s next seven points to put it away.
COLLEGE TOP 25
NO. 24 NORTH CAROLINA 93,
NO. 3 LOUISVILLE 84
UNCASVILLE, Conn. — Marcus Paige scored 32 points as North Carolina won the Hall of Fame Tipoff Tournament.
Brice Johnson added 13 points and Kennedy Meeks had 13 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists for the Tar Heels (4-1), who lost just a week ago at home to Belmont.
Russ Smith had 36 points for Louisville (5-1), which came into the game on a school-record 21-game winning streak. Chris Jones added 20 points.
NO. 10 VCU 80
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera had 26 points to lead Georgetown to the win in the fifth-place game of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.
Markel Starks added 23 points, and went 10 for 10 at the free-throw line to help preserve the win. Joshua Smith finished with 17.
There were 61 fouls called in the game, which lasted nearly three hours.
NO. 14 MICHIGAN 61
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Terrence Williams put back his own miss with 0.4 seconds left, giving Charlotte a stunning victory over No. 14 Michigan in the championship game of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.
Michigan’s Mitch McGary tied the game at 61 on a layup with 9 seconds left, but Charlotte (5-1) quickly pushed the ball up the floor. Williams missed a layup but got his own rebound and scored.
NO. 17 OREGON 100,
SAN FRANCISCO 82
EUGENE, Ore. — Elgin Cook scored 18 points to lead Oregon.
Jason Calliste had 16 points for the Ducks (4-0), who had six players score in double figures.
NO. 19 NEW MEXICO 79,
CHARLESTON, S.C. — Alex Kirk had 16 points and 14 rebounds, and New Mexico (4-1) beat Davidson to take third place at the Charleston Classic.
No. 22 UCLA 106,
LOS ANGELES — Jordan Adams scored 22 points and Norman Powell and Zach LaVine had 19 apiece to lead UCLA.
Kyle Anderson added 17 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists for the Bruins (5-0).