NBA: Warriors dominate inside to beat Clippers 111-92
OAKLAND, Calif. — David Lee had 22 points and 11 rebounds, Andrew Bogut grabbed 17 boards and the Golden State Warriors whipped the Los Angeles Clippers 111-92 Thursday night.
Stephen Curry scored 22 points and handed out seven assists, and Bogut added 14 points and three blocks to highlight Golden State’s dominating performance down low.
The Warriors outrebounded the Clippers 53 to 34 and outscored them 66 to 22 in the paint.
Blake Griffin finished with 27 points, Darren Collison scored 22 and DeAndre Jordan grabbed 20 rebounds for Los Angeles, which had won four straight.
The Warriors outscored the Clippers 26-11 in the third quarter to go ahead by 23 points. Los Angeles went just 1 for 15 from the floor in the period.
Suns 102, Pacers 94
INDIANAPOLIS — Goran Dragic had 28 points and seven assists and Phoenix handed Indiana just its second home loss of the season Thursday night.
Gerald Green and Marcus Morris scored 16 points apiece to help the Suns win their fourth straight game.
Roy Hibbert had 26 points and David West added 18 for the Pacers (35-10).
Dragic dunked with 44 seconds left to give the Suns a 100-94 lead and seal the win.
Knicks 117, Cavaliers 86
NEW YORK — Carmelo Anthony and rookie Tim Hardaway Jr. each scored 29 points, J.R. Smith embarrassed a couple of defenders on his way to 19, and New York beat Cleveland for its fourth straight victory.
The Knicks led nearly all the way and wrapped up a 10-6 January after going just 9-21 through the end of December. They have rebounded from losing the first three games on their franchise record-tying, eight-game homestand and can finish it with a winning record if they beat Miami on Saturday night.
Mark Tatum new deputy commissioner
NEW YORK — Mark Tatum will become the NBA’s new deputy commissioner when Adam Silver takes over for David Stern on Saturday.
NBA owners unanimously approved the appointment of Tatum, a 15-year veteran of the league office, on Thursday.
Tatum is the NBA’s executive vice president of global marketing partnerships. He has overseen the league’s marketing partnerships business and also was responsible for managing the league’s media sales. The graduate of Cornell and the Harvard Business School joined the NBA in 1999.
Silver has been deputy commissioner since 2006.