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                ***** NBA Previews from The Sports Network *****
                             Wednesday, January 28
                              (All times Eastern)
 
 
 DETROIT PISTONS (17-29) AT PHILADELPHIA 76ERS (8-37), 7 P.M.
 
 (SportsNetwork.com) - The Philadelphia 76ers will try to halt a six-game
 losing streak Wednesday night when the Detroit Pistons pay a visit to the
 Wells Fargo Center.
 
 The Sixers haven't won since Jan. 16 at home against the New Orleans Pelicans.
 They have dropped two straight as the host and with this recent slide, the
 76ers have fallen back into a tie for the worst record in the Eastern
 Conference with the New York Knicks.
 
 On Monday, the Sixers fell to those same Pelicans, 99-74, in New Orleans.
 
 There were two major differences in the game almost two weeks ago and
 Monday's. First, the Pelicans didn't have Anthony Davis in Philly and did in
 the Big Easy. Davis scored 32 points in the Pelicans' win.
 
 "He's a stud," said Sixers coach Brett Brown. "He's one of those rare
 cornerstones you can build all around. He's just one of the elite players in
 the league."
 
 The other was that Sixers' guard Michael Carter-Williams missed Monday's loss
 with an illness.
 
 K.J. McDaniels had 16 points off the bench to lead the Sixers Monday. Henry
 Sims and Luc Mbah a Moute scored 14 points apiece for Philadelphia, while
 Jerami Grant managed 10 off the bench.
 
 The Sixers will host the Minnesota Timberwolves on this mini homestand.
 
 Detroit has dropped three straight and three in a row on the road.
 
 On Tuesday, the rut reached three with a 103-95 home loss to the smoking-hot
 Cleveland Cavaliers.
 
 The Pistons couldn't contain Cleveland's star players - LeBron James and Kyrie
 Irving. The pair, the only double-figure scorers for the Cavs - totaled 70
 points on Tuesday.
 
 Greg Monroe posted 17 points and 12 rebounds, while D.J. Augustin provided 19
 points and nine helpers for the Pistons. Andre Drummond tallied 12 points and
 17 boards.
 
 Anthony Tolliver chipped in 16 off the bench, followed by 11 out of Kentavious
 Caldwell-Pope and Jodie Meeks.
 
 "For the most part I thought their defensive pressure and quickness gave us
 some pressure," Detroit coach Stan Van Gundy said.
 
 The Pistons lost the turnover battle 18-9 and only shot 33.3 percent from long
 range.
 
 Detroit returns home Saturday to host the Houston Rockets then finishes the
 stay at The Palace of Auburn Hills on Tuesday against the Miami Heat.
 
 The Sixers and Pistons have split two meetings this season, both of which came
 in Motown. The two will meet once again in Philadelphia on March 18. The 76ers
 are 4-2 in their last six as the host in this series.
 
 
 PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS (32-13) AT CLEVELAND CAVALIERS (26-20), 7 P.M.
 
 (SportsNetwork.com) - The Cleveland Cavaliers will put their seven-game
 winning streak to the test Wednesday night when the Portland Trail Blazers
 stop by Quicken Loans Arena.
 
 Cleveland hasn't lost since a road setback to the Phoenix Suns on Jan. 13 and
 this current run includes a four-game home winning streak. The Cavs have
 scored over 100 points in every game during this slate of wins and held
 opponents under the century mark in the last five.
 
 The streak reached seven for the Cavs on Tuesday with a 103-95 victory over
 Central Division rivals, the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
 
 The Cavaliers were a two-man show on Tuesday and those two men were hardly a
 surprise.
 
 LeBron James and Kyrie Irving combined for 70 of Cleveland's 103 points.
 Irving had 38 points and six assists, while James added 32 points, seven
 assists and six rebounds.
 
 "It's not about winning ball games, it's about winning every day and that's
 part of the process. Kyrie has taken that full storm," James said.
 
 No other Cleveland player scored in double figures, but Tristan Thompson
 pulled down 12 rebounds off the bench.
 
 The Cavs will host the Sacramento Kings on Friday to end this brief stop home.
 
 Portland will begin a three-game road trip, which should have technically
 started on Monday. With the impending blizzard scheduled for the New York
 area, the Blazers' game with the Brooklyn Nets was postponed until Apr. 6.
 
 Last time out, the Blazers received an amazing boost from the unlikeliest of
 candidates.
 
 After the team announced All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge would miss 6-8
 weeks for surgery for a torn radial collateral ligament in his left thumb,
 Aldridge opted against the procedure.
 
 He decided to put off surgery and play through the injury and Portland was
 lucky he did. Aldridge scored 26 points and pulled down nine rebounds in the
 Blazers' 103-96 home win over the Washington Wizards Saturday.
 
 "I felt OK," said Aldridge. "There were a few moments where I got hit and it
 was kind of tender but for the most part it was OK."
 
 Damian Lillard deposited 20 points with seven assists and Wesley Matthews
 added 19 points in the win. Dorell Wright finished with 10 off the bench and
 Chris Kaman grabbed 10 boards.
 
 Nicolas Batum missed the Washington game with a sprained right wrist. He is
 listed as questionable against the Cavs.
 
 The Blazers will visit the Atlanta Hawks and Milwaukee Bucks during this trek.
 
 Portland has won three straight and seven of the last eight meetings between
 the two teams. The Blazers have won three in a row in Quicken Loans Arena.
 
 
 SACRAMENTO KINGS (16-27) AT TORONTO RAPTORS (30-15), 7:30 P.M.
 
 (SportsNetwork.com) - The Toronto Raptors have won three straight and will
 look for more Wednesday night when they host the Sacramento Kings at Air
 Canada Centre.
 
 The Raptors have won four of the last five, but are only 1-2 in their last
 three at home. They hit the road for two straight following Wednesday's
 contest.
 
 On Tuesday, Toronto had a relatively easy time with the Indiana Pacers,
 winning, 104-91, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
 
 DeMar DeRozan scored 24 points and Kyle Lowry had a solid performance in the
 Raptors' victory. Lowry, a starting guard for the Eastern Conference All-Star
 team, finished with 19 points, eight assists and seven rebounds for Toronto.
 
 "It takes all eyes off of me," Lowry said of what DeRozan brings to the team.
 "It puts eyes on him too and gives me the opportunity to get some open shots."
 
 The Raptors' bench was sensational and it had to be. Toronto's other starters
 beside DeRozan and Lowry combined for 19 points. The Raptors' second unit
 tallied 42 points.
 
 Lou Williams (14), Patrick Patterson (13) and Terrence Ross (11) led the way
 for the Raptors reserves.
 
 The Kings should be on game three of a five-game road trip, but Mother Nature
 reared her ugly head.
 
 After losing to the Golden State Warriors on Friday to begin this trek, the
 Kings were scheduled to visit Madison Square Garden on Monday to take on the
 New York Knicks.
 
 With the impending blizzard forecast, the league canceled the game and the
 two teams will make it up March 3.
 
 The Kings were on the wrong side of history in their loss to the Warriors.
 
 Klay Thompson turned a Kings' third-quarter lead into a Golden State Warriors
 rout all by himself. The sharp-shooting guard set an NBA record for points in
 a quarter on Friday night, netting 37 of Golden State's 41 in the third en
 route to a 126-101 Warriors blowout win over the Kings.
 
 "They just kept wanting to see the show. That's what they kept telling me,"
 Thompson said of his teammates.
 
 Thompson, who finished with 52 points after departing at the 9:28 mark of the
 fourth, made all 13 of his shots in the third, with nine of them coming from
 beyond the arc.
 
 "I was taking a lot of bad shots out there, but I was taking them until I
 missed," Thompson said.
 
 He broke George Gervin and Carmelo Anthony's previous mark of 33 points for a
 quarter.
 
 "It was crazy. I don't even know what happened," Thompson said.
 
 DeMarcus Cousins tallied 28 points and 11 boards to lead the Kings, who have
 dropped six straight games and three in a row as the visitor.
 
 "He was getting it off so quick we couldn't get any help to him," Sacramento
 coach Tyrone Corbin said of Thompson.
 
 The Raptors defeated the Kings by eight in Sacramento on Dec. 2 and have won
 two straight in this series. The Kings had won the previous four, but are just
 2-8 in their previous 10 north of the border.
 
 
 BOSTON CELTICS (16-27) AT MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES (7-37), 8 P.M.
 
 (SportsNetwork.com) - The Boston Celtics will polish off a successful road
 trip Wednesday night when they visit the Target Center to face the Minnesota
 Timberwolves.
 
 The Celtics are 3-2 on this trek with wins over the Portland Trail Blazers,
 Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz. The setbacks came at the hands of the Los
 Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors, so no shame in that.
 
 After a three-point loss to those Warriors on Sunday, the Celtics rebounded
 with a 99-90 win over the Utah Jazz Monday night.
 
 Tayshaun Prince's 19 points off the bench and a huge second quarter helped
 carry the C's. The 34-year-old veteran went 7-of-10 from the field in his
 highest output since joining the Celtics in a trade earlier this month, while
 helping his new team outscore Utah 38-14 during a dominant second quarter.
 
 "He made us better today and he's made us better with his presence already,"
 said Celtics head coach Brad Stevens. "It's been fun, for our young guys too,
 to have another older guy to lean on and learn from."
 
 Boston built a 55-31 halftime lead, then held off a Jazz comeback attempt down
 the stretch. Tyler Zeller had 14 for Boston, followed by 12 apiece out of
 Avery Bradley and Jared Sullinger.
 
 The Celtics play four of their next five in Boston.
 
 The Timberwolves have lost five in a row and that mark is worse at home.
 Minnesota has dropped 10 straight as the host with its last victory at the
 Target Center on Dec. 10 against the Blazers.
 
 On Monday, the T-wolves fell to the Oklahoma City Thunder, 92-84, in OKC.
 
 The Thunder were without reigning MVP Kevin Durant, who sat with a sprained
 toe. It didn't matter as Serge Ibaka and Russell Westbrook shouldered the
 load.
 
 Thaddeus Young posted 22 points and eight boards, Andrew Wiggins provided 23
 points and Gorgui Dieng snatched 18 rebounds for Minnesota. Zach LaVine
 chipped in 11 off the bench.
 
 "We played a solid game, we just have to have those extra plays," Young said.
 
 The T-wolves did play a solid game. They held the Thunder to under 42 percent
 shooting and 20 percent from long range. OKC committed 16 turnovers to just 13
 from the Timberwolves.
 
 Minny shot 34.1 percent from the field and 2-for-13 from beyond the 3-point
 line.
 
 The Celtics defeated the Timberwolves by 16 in Boston on Dec. 19. The C's have
 won two straight and are 13-2 in their last 15 in this series. The T-wolves'
 only two victories versus the Celtics since 2007 did come in the last two
 games in Minnesota.
 
 
 DALLAS MAVERICKS (30-16) AT HOUSTON ROCKETS (31-14), 8 P.M.
 
 (SportsNetwork.com) - Two Southwest Division, as well as inter-state rivals,
 the Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets will tangle Wednesday night at the
 Toyota Center.
 
 The Rockets have won two in a row and they came at the back end of a three-
 game road trip. After a loss to the Golden State Warriors, the Rockets
 defeated the Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Lakers.
 
 James Harden tallied 37 points with eight rebounds and five assists to lead
 the Rockets against the Lakers on Sunday night. LA was without Kobe Bryant,
 who has a torn rotator cuff.
 
 The Rockets played without Dwight Howard, who missed the game against his
 former team with a right ankle sprain.
 
 Josh Smith and Jason Terry each came off the bench to score 11 points, while
 Corey Brewer had 10 in a reserve role for the Rockets.
 
 Harden netted seven points over the first five minutes and Houston went up
 14-6 on Patrick Beverley's 3-pointer. Josh Smith hit a 3 late in the quarter
 to put the Rockets up 15 and they led 30-15 after 12 minutes. Harden notched
 13 points in the opening frame.
 
 "It helps our defensive mentality," Harden said when asked about the team's
 fast start.
 
 The Rockets are home for only one game before hitting the road against the
 Boston Celtics and Detroit Pistons.
 
 The Mavericks have lost three in a row and hit the road for three straight.
 Dallas will visit the Miami Heat and Orlando Magic, starting Friday and ending
 Saturday.
 
 On Tuesday, the Mavs got clobbered by the Memphis Grizzlies, 109-90, at home.
 
 Monta Ellis and Chandler Parsons each put in 19 points for the Mavericks, who
 have dropped a season-high three consecutive contests. Dirk Nowitzki added 11
 and Tyson Chandler finished with 10 points.
 
 "Poor decision-making ... it was our downfall tonight," Dallas coach Rick
 Carlisle said.
 
 The Mavericks committed 16 turnovers, which led to 21 points from the
 Grizzlies. Memphis shot 53.2 percent from the floor and 47.6 percent from long
 range.
 
 To make the loss worse, the Grizzlies were without Mike Conley and Tony Allen
 in the win.
 
 The Rockets won the first meeting between the two teams this season - a three-
 point victory in Houston. The rivals will meet in Dallas on Feb. 20 and April
 2.
 
 Houston has won three of the last four encounters in Space City, but the Mavs
 are 6-4 in the last 10 games in Houston.
 
 
 DENVER NUGGETS (18-27) AT NEW ORLEANS PELICANS (24-21), 8 P.M.
 
 (SportsNetwork.com) - The New Orleans Pelicans will take their four-game
 winning streak into a home contest against the Denver Nuggets Wednesday at
 Smoothie King Center.
 
 The Pelicans have won four in a row at home and three of the victories during
 this run came in the Big Easy. Wednesday's game will be the third of a six-
 game homestand with visits from the Los Angeles Clippers, Atlanta Hawks and
 Oklahoma City on the docket.
 
 New Orleans' streak reached four with a 99-74 drubbing of the Philadelphia
 76ers on Monday.
 
 Anthony Davis had 32 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Pelicans. It was the
 12th time this season Davis, an All-Star starter in the Western Conference,
 scored at least 30.
 
 "He's a stud," said Sixers coach Brett Brown. "He's one of those rare
 cornerstones you can build all around. He's just one of the elite players in
 the league."
 
 Ryan Anderson added 19 points and Eric Gordon scored 13 for the Pelicans, who
 have won four in a row for the first time since a five-game winning streak
 from March 21-28 of last year.
 
 "Our defense was decent tonight able to hold a team in the 70's," Pelicans
 coach Monty Williams said.
 
 The Nuggets have been awful of late, losing seven in a row and three straight
 on the road. They'll finish out this road trip on Thursday night against the
 Memphis Grizzlies.
 
 On Monday, Denver fell to the Los Angeles Clippers, 102-98, at the Staples
 Center.
 
 Ty Lawson tallied 19 points and 11 assists, while Wilson Chandler provided 18
 points and 10 boards for Denver. Arron Afflalo also finished with 18 and
 Kenneth Faried managed 14.
 
 Jusuf Nurkic pulled down 10 rebounds in defeat.
 
 After Afflalo tied the game with a jumper with 2:16 left, Matt Barnes gave the
 Clippers the lead with 1:24 remaining following a short jumper. Jamal Crawford
 was fouled from beyond the arc on LA's next trip up the floor and sunk all
 three shots with 49 ticks on the clock for a five-point cushion.
 
 Chandler converted a floater and two Darrell Arthur free throws with 6.7
 seconds to go clawed Denver within 99-98.
 
 Crawford split a pair of foul shots at the other end, but rebounded his own
 miss on the second attempt. He then sunk two bonus shots to seal the outcome.
 
 The Nuggets defeated the Pelicans by 20 in Denver on Nov. 21 and have won two
 in a row in this series. New Orleans has taken four straight as the home team
 versus Denver.
 
 
 BROOKLYN NETS (18-26) AT ATLANTA HAWKS (37-8), 8 P.M.
 
 (SportsNetwork.com) - A franchise-record 16-game winning streak has the
 Atlanta Hawks on the cusp of matching last season's win total of 38.
 
 The Eastern Conference-leading Hawks will put their victorious reputation on
 the line Wednesday versus the Brooklyn Nets in the continuation of a seven-
 game homestand at Philips Arena.
 
 Atlanta is 4-0 on the homestand and last played in Sunday's 112-100 victory
 over the Minnesota Timberwolves, as Paul Millsap scored 20 points and Al
 Horford added 19. The frontcourt duo has been playing well of late. Horford is
 posting 18.0 points in his last seven games and Millsap is averaging 18.5 ppg
 in his previous four.
 
 "We're playing good basketball. It's exciting," Horford said.
 
 Jeff Teague had 15 points and seven assists, and needs six assists for 2,000
 in his career. DeMarre Carroll netted 14 points and Kyle Korver buried 4-of-8
 3-pointers en route to 13 points for the Hawks, who shot 56.3 percent from the
 field and scored 21 points off 17 Minnesota Turnovers.
 
 The Hawks sport a 30-2 record since late November and are unbeaten in the past
 seven at home with a 20-3 mark as the host. They are 29 games above .500 for
 the first time since a 56-26 record at the end of 1996-97 and will also host
 Portland and Philadelphia on the stay.
 
 Atlanta is first in opponents' scoring (96.2 ppg) and sixth with 103.4 ppg.
 
 Brooklyn was scheduled to play the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday, but a
 winter storm forced the league to postpone the event. The contest has been
 rescheduled for April 6.
 
 The Nets went 1-2 on a recent western road trip and dropped a 108-73 decision
 to the Utah Jazz Saturday in Salt Lake City.
 
 Jarrett Jack scored 16 points and Mason Plumlee added 11 points. No other Nets
 player scored in double figures.
 
 The Nets lost for the 10th time in 12 tries.
 
 "We just need a win, man," said Brooklyn's Mason Plumlee. "Collectively we
 need to put more into the game effort wise. It's not really a strategic thing
 anymore, we just need to give more."
 
 Brooklyn has dropped two straight on the road and has a 10-12 record as the
 visitor this season. It will host Toronto and the LA Clippers next.
 
 The Hawks took the first of four meetings with the Nets by a 98-75 score on
 Dec. 5 at Barclays Center, as Carroll and Millsap scored 18 and 17 points,
 respectively. Atlanta and Brooklyn will meet again April 4 and 8.
 
 Atlanta has won two straight against Brooklyn after losing four of the
 previous five matchups between the East inhabitants.
 
 
 OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER (23-22) AT NEW YORK KNICKS (8-37), 8 P.M.
 
 (SportsNetwork.com) - The Oklahoma City Thunder are back on the road and will
 take on the New York Knicks Wednesday at Madison Square Garden.
 
 The Thunder are scheduled to visit the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday and went
 3-2 on a recent road trip. They returned to Chesapeake Energy Arena for
 Monday's showdown with the Minnesota Timberwolves and recorded a 92-84 win.
 
 With Kevin Durant out with a left big toe issue, Russell Westbrook handled
 scoring duties with 18 points and both Anthony Morrow and Reggie Jackson
 scored 14 points off the bench. Serge Ibaka had 13 points and grabbed 19
 rebounds for OKC, which won for the fifth time in seven tries.
 
 "We continued to fight and scrap and find ways to get stops," Thunder coach
 Scott Brooks said.
 
 Oklahoma City will try to improve its 10-15 road mark tonight and hope to have
 Durant back in the lineup. Durant leads the team with 25.6 ppg.
 
 The Knicks were slated to host the Sacramento Kings on Monday, but a snowstorm
 forced the league to postpone the game. The contest has been rescheduled for
 March 3.
 
 New York had a three-game winning streak stopped with Saturday's 76-71 setback
 to the Charlotte Hornets, as Tim Hardaway, Jr. posted a game-high 25 points on
 9-of-17 shooting to go with six rebounds and five assists.
 
 Lance Thomas scored 16 points for New York, which played without star Carmelo
 Anthony (knee/rest) and made only 35.4 percent from the field. The Knicks held
 a 23-16 lead after the first 12 minutes, but scored 14, 17 and 17 points over
 the next three quarters.
 
 "We just couldn't generate enough offense down the stretch," said Knicks coach
 Derek Fisher.
 
 The Knicks are only 3-17 in the last 20 games, but have won back-to-back
 contests at Madison Square Garden. They are 5-17 as the host this season.
 
 Anthony is questionable Wednesday, while Jose Calderon (knee) is questionable
 and Amare Stoudemire (ankle/wrist) is doubtful.
 
 The Thunder crushed the Knicks, 105-78, at home on Nov. 28 and were paced by
 Westbrook's 32 points on 12-of-17 shooting. Durant and Anthony did not
 participate in that matchup.
 
 OKC has won three in a row and nine of the last 11 games in this series.
 
 
 CHARLOTTE HORNETS (19-26) AT SAN ANTONIO SPURS (29-17), 8:30 P.M.
 
 (SportsNetwork.com) - The San Antonio Spurs have responded well to head coach
 Gregg Popovich's harsh words from last week and look to remain unbeaten on a
 six-game homestand, which resumes Wednesday versus the Charlotte Hornets.
 
 After last Thursday's 104-81 road loss against the Chicago Bulls, Popovich
 said his team's play was "humiliating and embarrassing." The Spurs went out
 the following night and posted a 99-85 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers to
 kick off the stay at the AT&T Center.
 
 San Antonio got back to work in Sunday's 101-95 triumph over the Milwaukee
 Bucks and Tim Duncan recorded 20 points and 11 rebounds to lead the way. Kawhi
 Leonard scored 19 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, while Boris Diaw and Manu
 Ginobili posted 14 and 13 points, respectively.
 
 "We were more competitive. We were stronger with the ball. We competed harder
 in the second half than we did in the first half," said Spurs head coach Gregg
 Popovich. "We made a few more shots, but it was about being competitive and
 being more physical and focused."
 
 A 32-point fourth quarter was all the Spurs needed to push their home winning
 streak to five games. The defending champion Spurs are 17-6 in the Alamo City.
 
 The Spurs, winners in eight of the past 10 games, will also entertain the LA
 Clippers, Orlando and Miami.
 
 Charlotte will open a three-game road trip against San Antonio, Denver and
 Washington, and is 7-13 as the guest this season.
 
 The Hornets will make the trip without leading scorer Kemba Walker, who will
 miss the next six-to-eight weeks because of knee surgery. Walker will have
 surgery to repair a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee Wednesday in New
 York and had missed three of the last five games with a cyst on the knee.
 
 Walker leads the Hornets with 18.8 points and 5.2 assists.
 
 Charlotte has prevailed in nine of its last 11 games, and handed the Knicks a
 76-71 setback the last time out on Saturday.
 
 Brian Roberts ran the point in Walker's absence and scored 17 points, while
 Gerald Henderson netted 14 and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist added 10 for the
 Hornets, who shot only 32.9 percent for the game and registered 22 points on
 18 New York turnovers.
 
 "That's not good offense," said Hornets coach Steve Clifford. "We have a lot
 to work on, obviously, offensively."
 
 Clifford's squad is defending well at least and has held four of the last five
 opponents under 80 points.
 
 The Hornets suffered a 98-93 loss to the Spurs on Jan. 14 at Time Warner Cable
 Arena. Walker scored 28 points and Ginobili recorded 27 points in that one for
 the Spurs, who are unbeaten in the last eight meetings in this series.
 
 Charlotte is winless in seven straight trips to the Alamo City.
 
 
 LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS (31-14) AT UTAH JAZZ (16-29), 9 P.M.
 
 (SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Clippers will begin an eight-game
 journey Wednesday against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City.
 
 The Clippers will also visit New Orleans, San Antonio, Brooklyn, Cleveland,
 Toronto, Oklahoma City and Dallas, and have won three in a row on the road.
 They are 11-7 as the visitor this season.
 
 Los Angeles has ripped off five straight wins and 11 in the last 14 tries, and
 is coming off Monday's 102-98 victory over the Denver Nuggets at Staples
 Center. Jamal Crawford scored 23 points off the bench, Matt Barnes added 18
 and Chris Paul ended with 15 points and eight assists.
 
 "He was huge," Clippers forward Blake Griffin said of Crawford. "His scoring
 was unbelievable and it can come in a flash. That's what he does for us."
 
 Griffin almost recorded a triple-double, compiling 14 points, 10 assists and
 nine rebounds for the Clippers, who made 47.5 percent for the game and used a
 33-21 scoring advantage in the fourth quarter. The Clippers and Nuggets
 alternated 30-point quarters and Los Angeles squeezed out the victory.
 
 Denver was up 31-20 after 12 minutes, then the Clippers scored 30 of the 46
 points in the second quarter. The Nuggets grabbed the upper hand with a 30-19
 third period, but the Clippers had the last laugh.
 
 The Clippers have scored 100 or more points in each of the last seven games
 and are fourth in the NBA with 107.3 ppg.
 
 Barnes is questionable Wednesday with an abdominal injury and was fined
 $25,000 Tuesday for directing inappropriate language toward a fan during
 Sunday's win over the Phoenix Suns. This is Barnes' second $25,000 fine this
 season. He was also punished for kicking a water bottle into the stands and
 directing foul language at fans in a loss to the Wizards on Dec. 12.
 
 Utah will resume a four-game homestand Wednesday and is 1-1 on the stay. It
 opened the residency with a 108-73 thrashing of the Brooklyn Nets last weekend
 and sustained a 99-90 setback to the Boston Celtics Monday night.
 
 Gordon Hayward led all scorers with 26 points, Enes Kanter added 20 and Trey
 Burke netted 18 in a reserve role. The Jazz, who managed only 31 points in the
 first half, had 16 turnovers, shot 42.7 percent from the field and lost for
 the sixth time in nine tries.
 
 "I think it's one of those problems that permeates everything," Jazz head
 coach Quin Snyder of his team's first-half problems. "We didn't play hard.
 Maybe it's a little more complicated than that. Nothing we did was with any
 force. So they just knocked us back offensively."
 
 The Jazz, who have a 7-16 mark against teams from the West, are 8-13 in Salt
 Lake City and will close the homestand Friday versus the NBA-best Golden State
 Warriors.
 
 Utah has lost the first three meetings with the Clippers this season and is
 winless in the previous 12 encounters between the teams. LA is undefeated in
 five straight at the Jazz.
 
 
 WASHINGTON WIZARDS (31-15) AT PHOENIX SUNS (26-20), 10:30 P.M.
 
 (SportsNetwork.com) - The Washington Wizards will wrap up a four-game western
 road trip Wednesday against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center.
 
 The start of the trip didn't go as planned with last weekend's loss at
 Portland, but the Wizards rebounded with back-to-back triumphs against Denver
 and the LA Lakers.
 
 In Tuesday's 98-92 victory over the Lakers, John Wall came close to a triple-
 double with 21 points, 13 assists and nine rebounds. Wall shook off a headache
 to lead his team to its ninth win in the last 13 tries.
 
 Washington was down 31-24 after the first quarter, but held the Lakers to a
 combined 35 points in the second half.
 
 "I'm not feeling great, I've got a migraine," said Wall. "I played because I
 didn't want to let my guys down. We didn't come out with a sense of urgency.
 We started competing in the second half. It starts with me ... I had to get
 going."
 
 Bradley Beal and Otto Porter scored 19 and 12 points, respectively. The
 Wizards shot 48.7 percent and had a 51-38 advantage in rebounds.
 
 Wizards veteran forward Paul Pierce did not play against the Lakers because of
 a sore toe and is questionable Wednesday. Pierce is 30 points shy of tying
 Alex English (25,613) for 15th on the NBA's all-time scoring list and is
 averaging 15.5 ppg in his last four games.
 
 Washington has a 13-9 road record and will host Toronto and Charlotte next at
 the Verizon Center.
 
 The Suns are 4-2 on a franchise-record eight-game homestand and have lost two
 in a row, including Sunday's 120-100 setback to the Clippers.
 
 Isaiah Thomas paced the Suns with 25 points, Eric Bledsoe had 17 points with
 seven assists and Alex Len added 15 points in the loss. Markieff Morris, who
 entered the game second in the NBA in technical fouls, received a technical in
 the third quarter. Phoenix had two such fouls called in its last game.
 
 "Until we show these referees that we are not going to argue, they are going
 to continue to do this," Suns coach Jeff Hornacek noted of his team's recent
 bout with technical fouls.
 
 Phoenix is third in the NBA with 107.4 ppg, but is allowing 105.3 ppg on
 defense. It has a 13-9 home record and will close the residency Friday versus
 the Chicago Bulls.
 
 The Suns handed the Wizards a 104-92 setback in DC on Dec. 21 and both Morris
 and Bledsoe scored 17 points. Rasual Butler led the Wizards with 17 points in
 that one. The Suns have won 12 of the last 15 against the Wizards.
 
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