Detroit Pistons lose their stripes with a win over Los Angeles Clippers
The Detroit Pistons ended their losing-out with four games with a victory of 109-104 on the Los Angeles Clippers.
Blake Griffin, who faced his former team, received a warm welcome on his first return to the Staples Center since he was traded a year ago, and set a dominant performance, accounting for a total of 44 points.
The attacker poured 26 points in the first half to give the Pistons an 11-point lead and pushed them further forward with a three-point at the start of the third, while Andre Drummond backed up with 20 points and 21 rebounds.
In Miami the Heat escaped with a victory of 112-108 on the Memphis Grizzlies thanks to a last-sigh block shot of Dwyane Wade.
In the last seconds the lay-up of Shelvin Mack was refused by Wade, who finished with 10 points, while the Heat improved to 21-20 for the season.
Kelly Oubre Jr sank 26 points to match his career high for the second time in three games when the Phoenix Suns defeated the Denver Nuggets 102-93.
Blakes Griffin from Detroit Pistons shoots Danilo Gallinari from Los Angeles Clippers (Ringo HW Chiu / AP)
The loss puts Denver only half a game ahead of the Golden State Warriors for the best Western record.
Karl-Anthony Towns had a career-high 27 rebounds to help the Minnesota Timberwolves to a narrow 110-106 victory over the pelicans of New Orleans.
Cities added 27 points, including the green hand with 2.55 on the clock.
The Orlando Magic moved the Boston Celtics 105-103, Aaron Gordon scored 28 points and 12 rebounds, while Dennis Schroder rallied for 19 runs in the second half and the Oklahoma City Thunder led to a 122-112 win over the San Antonio Spurs.
The losing streak of the Chicago Bulls hit seven games when the Utah Jazz 110-102 triumphed and Willie Cauley-Stein lined up his second double-double when the Sacramento Kings beat the Charlotte Hornets 104-97.
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