Cavs rout the Nets in front of Prince William and wife Kate…
Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin hit an unlikely buzzer-beating three-pointer to seal a thrilling win for his team against the Phoenix Suns on Monday.
Griffin ended the game with 45 points, just two shy of his career high, as the Clippers made it eight consecutive wins with an overtime win over the Suns.
“When I shot it, I thought it was off, short, flat,” Griffin said, “but I got a lucky bounce.”
Chris Paul added 20 points and 10 assists while DeAndre Jordan had 10 points and 14 rebounds in a closely-fought game, with Eric Bledsoe putting up a triple-double for the visitors with 27 points, 16 assists and 11 rebounds.
Staying in the Western Conference, the Golden State Warriors made it 13 straight wins as Stephen Curry (21 points and seven assists) and their defense led them to a win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Coach Steve Kerr was given a scare with Andrew Bogut leaving the game with “knee irritation” but it is understood that the injury is not serious as the Warriors look to maintain their current momentum and build on their 18-2 record.
Andrew Wiggins had 21 points and six rebounds for the hosts, but it wasn’t enough for the short-handed Timberwolves who have now lost six in a row.
Over in the East, the Cleveland Cavaliers put on a show for Prince William and wife Kate Middleton against the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center with a comfortable win.
“It was their first time watching a basketball game, so it was an honor that I would be that guy they decided they wanted to watch,” LeBron James said.
James finished with 18 points as he also made headlines with his decision to wear a “I Can’t Breathe” t-shirt during warm-ups in support of Eric Garner who died after an altercation with a police officer. A grand jury decided to not indict the officer last week leading to protests across the country.
Staying in the East, the Toronto Raptors overcame the Denver Nuggets in overtime with Kyle Lowry putting up 13 points and 13 assists after being named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week.
Jonas Valanciunas added 18 points and 12 rebounds as the Raptors rallied against the Nuggets after trailing by five with three minutes to play.
Meanwhile, the Atlanta Hawks had no such drama with their seventh straight win to move to 14-6 with Al Horford leading their charge against the Indiana Pacers with 25 points and eight rebounds.
However, perhaps the game of the night came in Washington as the Wizards needed double overtime to eventually overcome the Boston Celtics with John Wall leading the stat line with 26 points, seven rebounds and 17 assists.
Atlanta Hawks 108-92 Indiana Pacers
Boston Celtics 132-133 Washington Wizards
Cleveland Cavaliers 110-88 Brooklyn Nets
Denver Nuggets 107-112 Toronto Raptors
Golden State Warriors 102-86 Minnesota Timberwolves
Utah Jazz 92-101 Sacramento Kings
Phoenix Suns 120-121 Los Angeles Clippers