Suns Upset Clippers – NBA Roundup For January 25th
UNDATED (AP) — Goran Dragic scored 19 of his 24 points in the first half and Phoenix held on to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 93-88. The Suns improving to 2-0 under interim coach Lindsey Hunter.
Marcin Gortat added 15 points, including two free throws with 23.3 seconds left for the Suns, who had not won two in a row since a season-high, four-game winning streak ended on Dec. 19.
The struggling Clippers, who lost their third straight, were without Chris Paul for the fifth time in seven games because of a bruised right kneecap. The team is 3-2 without him.
Jamal Crawford led Los Angeles with 21 points.
Around the rest of the league;
— Carmelo Anthony poured in 28 points to offset a triple-double by Rajon Rondo as the Knicks beat Boston 89-86. Anthony has now scored 20 or more points in 27 straight games.
The win snapped the Knicks 11-game losing streak in Boston. Rondo led Boston with 23 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists.
— DeMar DeRozan swished a fadeaway jumper at the buzzer as Toronto fought off a late-game charge by Orlando to earn a 97-95 victory. The game featured 12 lead changes and 12 players reaching double figures. DeRozan led Toronto with 22 points.
NEW YORK (AP) — Tim Duncan was selected to his 14th All-Star game, Spurs teammate Tony Parker is joining him, and the Chicago Bulls also had two reserves chosen for next month's game in Houston.
Joakim (JOH'-kihm) Noah and Luol (loo-AWL') Deng were picked from the Bulls. Noah is one of five first-time All-Stars for the East, along with New York's Tyson Chandler, Indiana's Paul George, Cleveland's Kyrie Irving, and Philadelphia's Jrue Holiday.
Miami's Chris Bosh, picked for his eighth All-Star team, rounded out the East squad.
West forwards David Lee (Golden State), LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland) and Zach Randolph (Memphis) all were picked for the second time. Houston's James Harden was chosen for the first time and joins former Oklahoma City teammate Russell Westbrook, headed to his third straight All-Star game.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Hornets owner Tom Benson is changing his team's nickname to the Pelicans and said the switch will create a bond with the city that could lead to a championship. The brown pelican is the Louisiana state bird.
The NBA is expected to expedite the change at the start of next season.
The new color scheme is blue, gold and red, a departure from the Hornets' teal, purple, gold and white.