Paul impresses in Clippers return
Chris Paul had 22 points and 11 assists as the LA Clippers continued their winning run with a 94-87 victory over the Washington Wizards.
Paul was back after three games out with a knee injury and duly led the way for the Clippers against a Washington side who, despite having the worst record in the NBA, had won four of their last five. The Clippers have now won four consecutive games.
Blake Griffin had 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Clippers, while John Wall led the Wizards off the bench with 24 points.
The San Antonio Spurs also made it four wins in a row as Tony Parker's 23 points and 12 assists helped them see off the Atlanta Hawks 98-93.
The Hawks, without Lou Williams who is poised to miss the rest of the season with a torn cruciate ligament, were paced by Josh Smith's 21 points.
Brandon Jennings poured in 30 points to help the Milwaukee Bucks to a 110-104 win at the Portland Trail Blazers.
Jennings also dished out eight assists, while Ersan Ilyasova had 24 points and 14 rebounds.
Marc Gasol led the Memphis Grizzlies with 19 points as they edged out the Chicago Bulls 85-82 in overtime and Randy Foye's 20 points saw the Utah Jazz to a 109-98 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Klay Thompson scored 29 in the Golden State Warriors' 116-112 win over the New Orleans Hornets, while the Minnesota Timberwolves eased past the Houston Rockets 92-79 and the Sacramento Kings beat the Charlotte Bobcats 97-93.