The first John Wall-Chris Paul showdown of the season turned into a mismatch, with Wall controlling the game with 10 points and 11 assists and Paul struggling with a season-high six turnovers Friday night as the host Washington Wizards snapped the Los Angeles Clippers' nine-game winning streak with a 104-96 victory.
Wall's impact was greater than his stat line. He turned the game with a blistering sequence late in the first half: an acrobatic assist to Bradley Beal for a three-pointer, a trey of his own, a from-behind block of Glen Davis' shot in the paint, and a Wall-on-Paul takeaway created when he poked with his left hand and deflected the ball out of bounds off the Clippers point guard's leg.
Fans serenaded Wall with "M-V-P!" in the final minute.
Pelicans 119, Cavaliers 114 - Tyreke Evans scored 31 points, Ryan Anderson tied a career high with eight three-pointers on his way to 30 points, and host New Orleans overcame the loss of Anthony Davis to beat LeBron James and Cleveland. Davis left the game in the first quarter after taking an elbow to chest while jostling for position during a free throw by Kevin Love.
Knicks 101, Celtics 95 - Carmelo Anthony scored 22 points, Amar'e Stoudemire had 20, and visiting New York snapped a 10-game losing streak with a victory over Boston.
Raptors 106, Pacers 94 - Jonas Valanciunas had 10 points and 14 rebounds, Lou Williams scored 26, and host Toronto beat Indiana, handing the slumping Pacers their seventh straight loss.
Hawks 87, Magic 81 - Paul Millsap scored 23 points, Al Horford added 17, and host Atlanta won its ninth straight game, beating Orlando.
Bulls 115, Trail Blazers 106 - Derrick Rose scored a season-high 31 points, and host Chicago beat Portland.
- Associated Press