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Latest Basketball News | Sunday January 6 2013 6:57

Paul powers Clippers past Lakers in NBA

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Chris Paul scored his team's final eight points as the Los Angeles Clippers rediscovered their winning ways with a 107-102 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday.

Paul finished with 30 points, 13 assists and six rebounds for the Clippers, who snapped a modest two-game losing skid on the heels of a franchise record winning 17-game streak.

"It is a good win for us because it is a division game," Paul said.

Kobe Bryant had 38 points for the Lakers, who have lost three of their last four contests.

Los Angeles fell behind by 19 in the final quarter before going on a 12-3 run. With 1:44 left, Bryant hit a long jumper to pull the Lakers to within two, 99-97.

Paul then took over and carried the Clippers on his back down the stretch.

Elsewhere Joe Johnson buried the tie-breaking jumper with seven tenths of a second left in the second overtime, lifting the visiting Brooklyn Nets to a thrilling 115-113 victory over the Washington Wizards.

"That's what he does, that's what big-time players do," said PJ Carlesimo, who improved to 4-1 as Nets interim coach.

Carlos Boozer had 27 points with 12 rebounds as Chicago defeated Miami 96-89.

LeBron James scored 30 points and Dwyane Wade added 22 for the defending NBA Champs, who dropped to 15-3 at home.

Russell Westbrook scored 27 points and Kevin Durant added 26 as the league-best Oklahoma City Thunder (25-7) shot past the visiting Philadelphia 76ers for the eighth straight time.

In other results Detroit edged out Atlanta 85-84, Portland beat Memphis 86-84 and Sacramento defeated Toronto 105-96.

Utah had an 87-80 win over Phoenix while the Houston Rockets were comfortable 115-101 winners over Milwaukee.

Cleveland beat Charlotte 106-104 and Boston triumphed 94-75 over the Indiana Pacers.

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