Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Clippers came from 17 points down with only 4-1/2 minutes to play to beat Dallas 129-127 in a Wednesday thriller, moving two games clear atop the NBA Pacific Division.
The Clippers eked out their lead over Golden State, which was beaten at home by Denver, while Washington recorded a surprise victory over Miami and San Antonio hung on to edge Utah and continue its winning streak.
Los Angeles' J.J. Redick scored a career-high 33 points and Matt Barnes added 25 for the Clippers, who improved to 18-3 at home but had to fight hard to overhaul the Mavericks.
Dirk Nowitzki scored 27 points for Dallas, which could not hold a seemingly invincible 123-106 lead.
Denver's Nate Robinson scored 14 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter to steer the Nuggets to a 123-116 win at Golden State.
J.J. Hickson grabbed a season-high 24 rebounds for Denver, which outshot its opponent 54 to 43 percent and gave first-year coach Brian Shaw a victory in his home town of Oakland.
David Lee had 28 points and 11 rebounds for the Warriors, who took the lead with 1:13 remaining before the Nuggets pulled away again.
Washington saw its 34-point lead against Miami whittled away to single digits but hung on for a 114-97 victory.
John Wall scored 25 points, and Bradley Beal and Nene had 19 apiece to lead seven players in double figures for the Wizards, who shot a season-high 55 percent and closed the game with a 17-9 run.
Chris Bosh scored 26 points for the Heat, which has dropped three straight, all on the road.
Miami's Greg Oden stepped onto the court for his first regular-season game in over four years since the latest in a series of knee injuries. He played nine minutes and scored six points.
San Antonio pushed its winning streak to six games by rallying for a 109-105 win over Utah.
Tony Parker had 25 points and nine assists while Marco Belinelli, Tim Duncan and Kawhi Leonard all had 15 for the Spurs, who led by 18 points in the first half but in the end had to cling on as Utah closed on a 19-7 run.
Enes Kanter had 25 points off the bench for the Jazz, which was again without injured leading scorer Gordon Hayward.
Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge had 32 points and 18 rebounds, scoring nine straight points that pulled the Trail Blazers in front of Cleveland for a 108-96 win.
Damian Lillard added 28 points for the Blazers, who won their third straight.
New signing Luol Deng had 25 points for the Cavaliers.
Houston's James Harden capped a 26-point performance with a tiebreaking jumper with 28 seconds left, lifting the Rockets to a 103-100 win over New Orleans.
Terrence Jones scored 25 for the Rockets, who trailed by as many as 17 in the second quarter and by eight with about four minutes to go. Harden had a hand in 12 of Houston's final 17 points, scoring 10 and assisting on Howard's alley-oop dunk.
Eric Gordon scored a season-high 35 points, but the Pelicans lost their seventh straight.
Phoenix's Gerald Green had a strong second half to finish with a season-high 28 points and lead the Suns to a 121-114 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.
Boston's Jared Sullinger scored 25 points and grabbed a career-best 20 rebounds to guide the Celtics past Toronto 88-83.
Sacramento's Rudy Gay had 33 points, five rebounds and six assists, helping the Kings to a 111-108 win against Minnesota.
Philadelphia's Thaddeus Young made the go-ahead 3-pointer with 3.2 seconds left to give the 76ers a 95-92 win over Charlotte.
Chicago's Joakim Noah had a season-high 26 points as the Bulls won 128-125 in triple overtime to send the Magic to a ninth-straight defeat.
Memphis won a fourth-straight game for the first time this season by downing Chicago 82-77, with Mike Conley and James Johnson each scoring 15 points.
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Updated Date: Jan 16, 2014 13:38:31 IST