Paul separates shoulder in victory over Mavericks


DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin found a way to win without Chris Paul.

The big men for the Los Angeles Clippers are going to have to keep it up because their star guard will be out at least a few weeks.

Jordan scored a career-high 25 points to match Griffin, and the Clippers rallied to beat the Dallas Mavericks 119-112 Friday night after losing Paul when he separated his right shoulder.

Jordan and Griffin combined for 10 points on a 16-2 game-closing run to wipe out a 110-103 deficit in the final 4 minutes. Jordan was 11 of 14 from the field and had 18 rebounds, while Griffin added 15 boards.

Then they found out that Paul, who had 19 points at halftime, will be out three to five weeks.

Coach Doc Rivers said Paul could be out longer and will go to Los Angeles for evaluation while the Clippers head to San Antonio to face the defending Western Conference champion Spurs on Saturday night.

“It changes for everybody,” said Darren Collison, who figures to start in Paul’s place and had a season-high 22 points in his first game against the Mavericks after playing one season in Dallas. “Everybody’s got to step up and play big. But we’ll be fine.”

Dirk Nowitzki was a game-time decision with a sprained left ankle but hit six of his first seven shots and had 14 points at halftime on his way to 24 for the Mavericks, who were up 13 in the first half and didn’t trail until the third quarter.

After Shawn Marion put Dallas up 110-103, Griffin had an alley-oop dunk on an assist from Jordan, and Jordan followed with a three-point play.

Nowitzki broke a 110-110 tie with a jumper, but Griffin sent the Clippers back in front for good on a three-point play. He was 11 of 13 on free throws.

Marion, who finished with 20 points, had two of the Mavericks’ five first-half dunks. He passed the 17,000-point mark and joined Hakeem Olajuwon, Karl Malone and Kevin Garnett as the only players with at least 17,000 points, 9,000 rebounds, 1,500 steals and 1,000 blocks.

Warriors 101, Hawks 100

In Atlanta, Andre Iguodala hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer, David Lee scored 23 points and Golden State won its eighth straight game, edging the Hawks.

Stephen Curry added 22 points with nine assists and Klay Thompson 21 for the Warriors, who recovered from a 15-point deficit in the fourth quarter to get back in the game and extend their road winning streak to five straight.

Nuggets 111, Grizzlies 108

In Denver, Ty Lawson scored 18 points, including a key 3-pointer with less than a minute to play, and the Nuggets snapped an eight-game losing streak by beating Memphis.

Lawson also had 12 assists for Denver, which was without Andre Miller. His two-game suspension stemming from a verbal clash with coach Brian Shaw during Wednesday’s loss to the Philadelphia 76ers was rescinded by the club, but Miller will remain away from the club, excused from all team activities, until Monday under a newly issued personal leave.

Raptors 101, Wizards 88

In Washington, DeMar DeRozan scored 20 points, Kyle Lowry outplayed John Wall with 19 points and 11 assists, and Toronto won its season-high fifth consecutive game by beating the Wizards.

Pelicans 95, Celtics 92

In Boston, Anthony Davis had 23 points and nine rebounds and Tyreke Evans scored 16 points with a key basket late to lead New Orleans over the Celtics.

Rockets 102, Knicks 100

In Houston, James Harden scored 37 points and Aaron Brooks made a pair of free throws with 17 seconds left to send the Rockets past New York.

Iman Shumpert led the Knicks with 26 points.

Lakers 110, Jazz 99

In Los Angeles, Pau Gasol had 23 points and 17 rebounds, and the injury-riddled Lakers used their sixth different starting point guard of the season in a win over Utah.

Kendall Marshall was given the assignment by coach Mike D’Antoni, who has used 18 different starting lineups this season.

He finished with 20 points and 15 assists in 40 minutes — all career highs.