sunDAY'S HIGHLIGHTS

Clippers 123, 76ers 78: Blake Griffin had 26 points, 11 rebounds and six assists, and Los Angeles stormed out to a 31-point lead in the first quarter with Chris Paul back in the lineup and pummeled Philadelphia. Paul was sidelined with a separated right shoulder that occurred Jan. 3 at Dallas. The seven-time All-Star point guard had seven points and eight assists in 23 minutes.

Bulls 92, Lakers 86: Kirk Hinrich scored 19 points, Joakim Noah had 18 points and 13 rebounds, and Chicago held off Los Angeles after nearly blowing a 19-point lead. The Lakers were missing Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Jordan Farmar, Nick Young, Jodie Meeks and Xavier Henry. Lakers point guard Steve Nash departed with 5 minutes left in the third quarter because of irritation in his left leg.

Magic 93, Pacers 92: Victor Oladipo had 23 points, including 13 in the fourth quarter, and Orlando rallied to surprise Indiana.

Cavaliers 91, Grizzlies 83: Kyrie Irving scored 28 points and Cleveland won back-to-back games for the first time in a month with an overtime victory.

Thunder 112, Knicks 100: Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant outscored New York's Carmelo Anthony 41-15, and the Thunder defeated the Knicks.

Wizards 93, Kings 84: Nene scored 18 points and led a strong defensive effort to help Washington beat Sacramento.

Nets 93, Pelicans 81: Rookie Mason Plumlee scored a season-high 22 points and matched his best with 13 rebounds for Brooklyn.


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Mavericks 102, Celtics 91: Dirk Nowitzki scored 20 points for Dallas in a victory against Boston, extending the Mavericks' winning streak to a season-high five straight.

Cheeks fired: The Pistons fired Maurice Cheeks after less than a year as coach. A person with knowledge of Detroit's plans said assistant John Loyer will take over as interim coach.

-- ASSOCIATED PRESS