Clippers eclipse Suns
Rookie Blake Griffin posted his 18th straight double-double with 28 points and 12 rebounds - before fouling out with 2 minutes, 52 seconds remaining - as the Los Angeles Clippers beat Phoenix, 108-103, in front of their second sellout of the season at Staples Center Sunday ending a streak of nine straight losses to the Suns.
Elsewhere: Michael Beasley scored on a driving layup with 5.9 seconds left and finished with 28 points to help the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves edge the host Cleveland Cavaliers, 98-97. . . . Carlos Boozer had 31 points and Derrick Rose added 23 in the Chicago Bulls' 95-92 overtime victory in Auburn Hills, Mich. . . . Tony Parker had 20 points, 14 assists and 6 assists as the host San Antonio Spurs beat the short-handed Washington Wizards, 94-80. . . . Chris Paul scored 22 points, 13 in the pivotal third quarter, and the New Orleans Hornets beat the Atlanta Hawks, 93-86. . . . Rudy Gay scored 30 points and the Memphis Grizzlies topped the Indiana Pacers, 104-90, in Indianapolis.
Artest raffles off championship ring
The Los Angeles Lakers' Ron Artest announced the winner of a charity raffle for his championship ring late Saturday night as Raymond Mikkael of Hawthorne, Calif.
Artest came up with the idea for the raffle to boost mental-health awareness after putting a spotlight on mental health by thanking his psychiatrist after Game 7 of the Lakers' triumph over the Boston Celtics in June.
Artest's raffle has raised well over $500,000 for his charity, which will work with high-risk youth.
Golden State coach Keith Smart on Monta Ellis, who has netted 119 points in his last three games, including 39 to lead the Warriors past the Portland Trail Blazers, 109-102, in Oakland on Christmas: "He's our MVP and he's moving into that selective group of players in the NBA that play at a high level every single night."
The Warriors, playing their first Christmas home game since moving from Philadelphia in 1962, wore red shoes with green socks. - Staff and wire reports