Run franchise-best win streak to 15
The high-flying Los Angeles Clippers haven’t tasted defeat in more than a month and the NBA leaders continue to sail through opponents into uncharted waters.
Matt Barnes knocked down five threes en route to a season-high-tying 21 points, fellow-reserve Jamal Crawford added 17 and the surging Clippers extended their franchise-record winning streak to 15 on Thursday night with a 106-77 mauling of the visiting Boston Celtics.
Blake Griffin scored 15, Caron Butler added 14 while Chris Paul dished out 11 assists for the Clippers (23-6), who own the NBA’s longest streak since the Celtics ran off 19 straight during the 2008-09 season.
Kevin Garnett scored 16 points while Paul Pierce and Jeff Green added 12 apiece for the Celtics (14-14), who never led and suffered their most lopsided loss in the series.
Elsewhere, Kevin Durant dropped in 40 points, Russell Westbrook had eight of his 16 points in overtime, including the go-ahead layup with 64 seconds left, as the Oklahoma City Thunder snapped a season-high two-game slide 111-105 with a gritty come-from-behind victory over the visiting Dallas Mavericks.
Serge Ibaka had 19 with 17 rebounds while Kevin Martin scored 18 off the bench for the defending Western Conference Champions (22-6), who rallied from 10 down in the fourth frame en route to their 11th straight home-court victory. Earlier, Dallas’ Darren Collison netted a season-high 32 points, including a desperation one-footed heave at the buzzer to force overtime at 98-98.DPA