NBA Sunday: Contrasting fortunes for LA's two teams on Sky Sports
Last Updated: February 11, 2013 2:38pm
Chris Paul scored 25 points to help the Los Angeles Clippers record a 102-88 triumph over the New York Knicks, just their fourth win in their last 12 outings.
Having managed only three points in his comeback from injury in a defeat to the Miami Heat on Friday, point guard Paul proved there's no problem with his knee by going 10-for-17 from the field, hitting a trio of three-pointers.
Jamal Crawford had 27 points and combined with Eric Bledsoe (13) to stretch a narrow 71-70 third-quarter lead for the Clippers into a comfortable 86-77 cushion midway through the fourth.
Grant Hill also made a crucial contribution off the bench, coming into the game in the fourth quarter to clamp down Carmelo Anthony.
Forward Anthony finished with 42 points for the Knicks but was held to just one field goal in the final quarter. The only other home player to make it into double figures was Raymond Felton (20).
Blake Griffin weighed in with 17 points while also managing 12 rebounds for the Clippers, who finished with a 10-2 run to move to 36-17 for the season.
In Sunday's second live NBA offering on Sky Sports, LeBron James scored over 30 points for the fifth straight game - a new franchise record - as the Miami Heat overcame the Los Angeles Lakers 107-97.
James finished the night with 32 points on 12-for-18 shooting as well as managing seven rebounds, four assists and three steals. He scored Miami's last 11 points in the third quarter, including four in the space of six seconds.
Dwyane Wade poured in 30 for the Heat, who now move two-and-a-half games clear of the Knicks at the top of the Eastern Conference standings.
The Lakers had been level at 53-53 at half time but slipped off the pace when they managed just 20 points in the third quarter. Their cause wasn't helped in the fourth by eight turnovers - Miami, in contrast, had none.
Kobe Bryant was the leading scorer for the visitors with 28, as well as contributing nine assists. Earl Clark added 18 points in a losing cause.