The Los Angeles Clippers were missing Blake Griffin and Chris Paul on Monday. The host Washington Wizards won 98-90.
Tread carefully around Randy Wittman when trying to connect those two thoughts.
"Hey, listen, we played enough games this year without players," the Wizards coach said in an outburst that was more playful than angry. "You guys would have printed it a wholly different other way if we had lost. ... Now you're going to print, 'Ah, you won because Blake didn't play.' Give me a break."
The Clippers have lost seven of their past nine -- including six of eight without Paul.
"It's frustrating because we're giving back a lot of what we had built up earlier in the season," Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said. "But you can't control the injuries, you can't control the schedule, you can't control so many guys being out."
Paul missed his eighth consecutive game and 11th of the past 13 with a bruised right kneecap, while Griffin's streak of 197 consecutive games played ended when he was a last-minute scratch because of a strained left hamstring.
Del Negro declined to speculate when Griffin would return.
Pacers 111, Bulls 101: David West scored 29 points and Paul George finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds, leading Indiana to a 14th consecutive home win and into a tie with Chicago for the Central Division lead.
Over the past month, the Pacers have beaten Miami twice and New York and Chicago once, going 4-0 against the East's three other top teams during that span.
"We played the No. 1 team in Miami, and New York and Chicago is right there, and this is a big win for us, definitely playing against a division team," George Hill said. "So I'm happy with our ballclub, we played a great game."
Thunder 112, Mavericks 91: Russell Westbrook scored 24 points, Kevin Durant had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and host Oklahoma City routed Dallas.
Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki had 10 points on 3-for-11 shooting after missing two games with a right adductor strain.
Trail Blazers 100, Timberwolves 98: LaMarcus Aldridge had 25 points and 13 rebounds to help Portland avoid a late collapse and hang on to beat Minnesota in Minneapolis.
The Wolves had a chance to tie or win at the end. Ricky Rubio swung the ball to Dante Cunningham, whose 19-footer fell short.
76ers 78, Magic 61: Spencer Hawes had 21 points and 14 rebounds and Jrue Holiday had 13 points and 14 assists to lead host Philadelphia past Orlando.
But forward Thaddeus Young suffered an injured left hamstring.
"It's bad news, man," 76ers guard Nick Young said. "Thad's one of our anchors on our team. Lose him for a couple of games while we're trying to make a push, it's tough."
Heat 99, Bobcats 94: LeBron James scored 31 points and Chris Bosh added 23 to lead host Miami to its 10th consecutive victory over Charlotte.
Knicks 99, Pistons 85: Tyson Chandler tied a franchise record with his third consecutive 20-rebound game and Carmelo Anthony scored 27 points as host New York defeated Detroit.
Jose Calderon, acquired from Toronto last week, made his Pistons debut. The Spanish-born point guard had been unable to play for his new team because of unresolved visa issues.
Jazz 98, Kings 91: Randy Foye had 20 points, including six in overtime, and Utah defeated Sacramento in Salt Lake City.
Suns: Police in Scottsdale, Ariz., said forward Michael Beasley was cited last month on suspicion of speeding, driving on a suspended Arizona license and driving without a vehicle license plate or registration.