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Paul lifts Clippers to big win

Chris Paul had 27 points and nine assists as the Los Angeles Clippers coasted to a 115-89 win over the Golden State Warriors.

The Clippers never trailed, won the first quarter 35-12 and led by as many as 39 at the start of the fourth, before taking their foot off the gas.

Blake Griffin scored 20 points as seven Los Angeles players reached double figures.

Carmelo Anthony scored 40 points and led a fourth-quarter rally to help the New York Knicks see off the Orlando Magic 114-106.

The Magic, who got 29 points apiece from Arron Afflalo and Jameer Nelson, led by eight heading into the last quarter, but the Knicks outscored them 33-17, with Anthony pouring in 16 of those.

The defeat stretched the Magic's losing streak to eight games.

Paul Pierce scored 26 points and Rajon Rondo had a triple-double as the Boston Celtics beat the Atlanta Hawks 89-81.

Rondo had 14 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for the Celtics, who were 46-27 down midway through the second quarter but rallied to win their second straight after losing four in a row.

Lou Williams led the Hawks with 28 points.

Tony Parker led a balanced offence for the San Antonio Spurs as they eased to a 109-86 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers, their 10th in a row at home.

Manu Ginobili added 19 points and four other San Antonio players were in double figures.

Nicolas Batum and Wesley Matthews had 26 points each in the Portland Trail Blazers' 102-97 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

James Harden scored 29 points and Jeremy Lin 20 as the Houston Rockets beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 112-104.

Brook Lopez scored 18 points to lead six Brooklyn players in double figures as the Nets beat the Sacramento Kings 113-93, while Roy Hibbert had 20 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 95-80 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.

Danilo Gallinari's 26 points helped the Denver Nuggets to a 110-91 win over the Utah Jazz, while the New Orleans Hornets beat the Dallas Mavericks 99-96 in overtime.