Clippers beat Knicks for 10th straight time
LOS ANGELES -- Blake Griffin scored 30 points in three quarters, and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the New York Knicks for the 10th consecutive time with a 114-105 victory on Monday night at Staples Center.
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DeAndre Jordan had 14 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks and J.J. Redick also scored 14 for the Clippers, who closed within a game of the Utah Jazz for the fourth seed in the Western Conference. The Clippers (42-29) are 1 1/2 games ahead of the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Memphis Grizzlies for the fifth seed.
Austin Rivers came off the bench to score 17 points, while Chris Paul had 13 points and 13 assists for Los Angeles. Jamal Crawford finished with 14 points.
Derrick Rose and Kristaps Porzingis each scored 18 points to lead the Knicks, who have dropped five of their past six contests. Porzingis returned to the lineup after missing a game with a thigh bruise.
Carmelo Anthony scored 16 points, and Justin Holiday chipped in 11 for New York (27-43).
After taking a 63-53 lead at the break, the Clippers opened the third with a 17-4 run for an 80-57 advantage after a 3-pointer by Paul with 7:14 remaining in the quarter.
Los Angeles led 97-72 heading into the final quarter, allowing Clippers coach Doc Rivers to rest his starters.
However, the Knicks made a late run and sliced the Clippers' lead to 111-103 after two foul shots by Chasson Randle with 37 seconds remaining, but the Clippers held on for the win.
The Clippers outshot the Knicks 49.4 percent to 44.9 percent.
NOTES: Clippers coach Doc Rivers said he might rest some of his players when Los Angeles visits the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday. Rivers didn't say which Clippers might sit out. Rivers rested F Blake Griffin and C DeAndre Jordan in a loss last Thursday at the Denver Nuggets. ... New York lost the season series for the fifth year in a row. The Knicks are 2-15 all-time at Staples Center. ... Clippers G Jamal Crawford turned 37. ... The Knicks, who are 11-25 on the road, resume their four-game trip Thursday at the Utah Jazz. ... The Clippers will be the road team when they play the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday at Staples.