Source: Agencies | 2013-2-15 | NEWSPAPER EDITION
THE Los Angeles Clippers shot 77 percent and scored 46 points in the first quarter, then lost their killer instinct but still led all the way in earning their third straight victory, 106-96 over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday.
Caron Butler scored 17 of his 19 points in the opening quarter for Los Angeles. Blake Griffin had 20 points and 11 rebounds, Chauncey Billups had 19 points, and Chris Paul had 10 points and 11 assists as the Clippers started all their regulars again after the lineup had been hit by injuries during a recent road trip.
"We played great and got a little complacent with the lead," Billups said. "We've shown to lose our discipline sometimes."
Chandler Parsons scored 17 points, Jeremy Lin added 14 points and James Anderson had a season-high 14 for the Rockets, who have lost five straight to the Clippers.
"They came out on fire and we didn't do a good job of making it difficult for them," Lin said. "Once they got in a rhythm, it just kind of snowballed at least in the first quarter."
Lin was set to have an X-ray on his right wrist after a fall in the second quarter. "I think it's fine. It just hurts," he said.
In other games, the San Antonio Spurs beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 96-95 for their 14th win in 15 games, the Toronto Raptors won their fourth straight at the expense of the New York Knicks, 92-88, and Vince Carter passed Larry Bird on the all-time scoring list as the Dallas Mavericks beat the Sacramento Kings 123-100.
Kawhi Leonard made a 3-pointer with 2.9 seconds remaining for visiting San Antonio to edge Cleveland.
The Spurs had stars Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili on the floor together for the first time since Jan. 13. Parker led the Spurs with 24 points. Duncan, who had missed eight of the last nine games with a sore left knee, scored 13 points in 25 minutes. Ginobili had five points in nine minutes off the bench after missing nine of the last 13 games with a tight left hamstring
Reserve Alan Anderson's 26 points was enough to lead the Toronto Raptors past the New York Knicks 92-88.
The Brooklyn Nets beat the Denver Nuggets 119-108. Paul George posted his first career triple-double with 23 points, 12 rebounds and a career-high 12 assists as Indiana snapped a two-game skid with a 101-77 win over Charlotte. The Atlanta Hawks blew away the Orlando Magic 108-76.
Boston beat Chicago 71-69, Detroit defeated Washington 96-85, Milwaukee came back to top Philadelphia 94-92, Utah beat Minnesota 97-93, and New Orleans handed Portland a fifth straight loss, 99-63.