2014 NBA scores: Clippers outlast Thunder in high-scoring affair, Rockets edge Suns thanks to Patrick Beverley's late 3

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Jamal Crawford and Patrick Beverley both knocked down clutch threes to help give their respective teams to victory. Elsewhere, the LeBron-less Heat beat the Bulls and Jason Collins made history.

Jamal Crawford had 36 points, including 11 in the fourth quarter, to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a 125-117 over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Matt Barnes added 24 points for the Clippers, making 6-of-10 from three. Chris Paul came just two rebounds shy of a triple-double, tallying 18 points, 12 assists and eight boards.

With the game coming down to the wire, Crawford buried a three to put the Clippers up four with 1:30 left, and he also buried a clutch jumper a minute later that helped seal the win. The veteran guard shot 13-of-20 overall and 5-of-8 from three:

Los Angeles withstood another monster performance from Kevin Durant, who tallied 42 points and 10 assists. However, Durant did miss two clutch free throws right before Crawford's late three.

The Thunder have now lost two straight home games with Russell Westbrook back in the lineup. Westbrook struggled again with his shot, going just 3-of-13 and finishing with 13 points.

Houston Rockets 115, Phoenix Suns 112

Patrick Beverley's three-pointer off a sweet dish from James Harden proved to be the game-winner as the Rockets erased an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit to nab an exciting victory.

Trailing by two in the final minute, Harden drove the lane and kicked out to an open Beverley, who buried the three:

After a Goran Dragic layup, Donatas Motiejunas made two free throws, although the refs missed a clear lane violation by Dwight Howard on the second make. Dragic then missed a three that would have tied the game.

Beverley's big bucket capped off a 20-point night, with 12 of those coming in the fourth quarter. Howard led the Rockets with 25 points and nine rebounds, while Harden had 23 points and seven assists.

Dragic may have missed his final shot of the night, but he was brilliant throughout the game. The guard set a career-high with 35 points on 14-of-20 shooting, scoring 19 of those points in the second quarter.

Gerald Green had 23 points, while Markieff Morris had 21 off the bench.

Miami Heat 93, Chicago Bulls 79

LeBron James didn't play due to his broken nose, but it was no matter, as Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade stepped up in the Heat's fifth straight victory.

Bosh finished with 28 points and 10 rebounds, tying a career-high with four three-pointers. Wade nearly notched a triple-double, putting up 23 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists. Greg Oden got his first start since 2009, playing 13 minutes.

The contest was a bit ugly at the outset, with both defenses on top of their respective games and the offenses having a tough time dealing with the pressure. The Bulls actually led by one midway through the third quarter, but the Heat turned things up a notch and pulled away.

Joakim Noah had 20 points and 15 rebounds in the loss for the Bulls, who were without Jimmy Butler due to a rib injury. Chicago shot just 35.8 percent from the field and had seven shot-clock violations.

Brooklyn Nets 108, Los Angeles Lakers 102

The Nets grabbed a win over the Lakers, but the bigger story was Jason Collins, who became the NBA's first active openly gay player:


Collins played 11 minutes, grabbing two rebounds and racking up five fouls. However, he did register a +8 plus/minus rating.

Deron Williams had one of his best games of the season, scoring 30 points on 9-of-16 shooting. Paul Pierce added 25 points as the Nets made 12-of-25 from three.

Brooklyn led by 16 at halftime before Los Angeles made it a game in the second half. The Lakers got within four points on several occasions in the fourth quarter, but they couldn't get any closer.

Pau Gasol had 22 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.

Washington Wizards 96, Cleveland Cavaliers 83

John Wall had 21 points and nine assists to lead the Wizards to their third straight victory and getting them back to .500.

Washington led by just four early in the fourth quarter, but they battened down the hatches defensively, holding Cleveland to only 11 points in the final frame. The Cavs shot just 4-of-19 in the wretched quarter.

Luol Deng led Cleveland with 17 points, but he shot just 4-of-13. Newcomer Spencer Hawes had 16 points and 12 rebounds.

Nene did suffer a sprained left knee and will undergo an MRI.

Toronto Raptors 105, Orlando Magic 90

Kyle Lowry had 28 points as the Raptors cruised to an easy victory while also gaining a little breathing room as the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference.

DeMar DeRozan added 24 points. Toronto shot 52.3 percent overall and 9-of-17 from three, although they did lose Amir Johnson to a sprained right ankle.

Tobias Harris poured in 28 points in the defeat.

Sacramento Kings 109, Denver Nuggets 95

Isaiah Thomas, Rudy Gay and DeMarcus Cousins combined for 92 points as the Kings used a big third quarter to pull away from the fading Nuggets.

Thomas led the way with 33 points, shooting 12-of-16 overall and 4-of-5 from three. Gay had a double-double, while Cousins fell one rebound shy of a double-double.

Evan Fournier and Randy Foye had 27 points apiece for Denver, but Kenneth Faried was the only other Nuggets player to reach double figures in scoring.

Portland Trail Blazers 108, Minnesota Timberwolves 97

The Blazers fell behind by 17 in the first half before proceeding to dominate the second half, cruising to a relatively easy win.

Damian Lillard had 32 points to lead Portland. Lillard made five threes on the night, part of a Blazers attack that poured in 13 treys. Nicolas Batum had 22 points and 10 rebounds. On the defensive end, Thomas Robinson had one of the best blocks of the year:

Kevin Love had another big game in the loss, which has been a familiar theme of his Wolves tenure. Love finished the night with 31 points and 10 rebounds.

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