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Clippers lose Paul but rally to down Dallas

Point guard Chris Paul out for up to five weeks with shoulder injury, as Los Angeles beat Mavericks 119-112 in the NBA.

Last updated: 04 Jan 2014 09:19
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LA's Chris Paul, left, falls to the court while dribbling past Mavericks shooting guard Monta Ellis Reuters]

The Los Angeles Clippers have lost Chris Paul with a separated right shoulder but hung on to beat the Dallas Mavericks 119-112.

The Clippers will be without the starting guard for three to five weeks, after becoming injured when he was tripped by Mavericks guard Monta Ellis while dribbling around a screen on Friday night.

Paul scored 19 points in the first half and made his first five shots, all from three-point range, before the Clippers Blake Griffin scored the game tying basket and drew a foul for the winning points.

Elsewhere in the NBA, Andre Iguodala hit a three-pointer at the buzzer and David Lee scored 23 points as the Golden State Warriors extended the NBA's longest winning streak to eight games with a 101-100 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.

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

Iguodala was inbounding the ball with 2.8 seconds left near the Hawks' bench and had Atlanta center Pero Antic defending him when he passed the ball to Curry near the half-court line.

Shelvin Mack was guarding Curry closely enough that Iguodala moved a few feet inside and was open when Antic moved up to help Mack close space on Curry.

Iguodala took Curry's bounce pass, squared up and hit the game-winner as Jeff Teague made a frantic attempt to disrupt the shot.

Nuggets end losing streak

Meanwhile, the Denver Nuggets stopped an eight-game losing streak with a 111-108 win over the Memphis Grizzlies and the Toronto Raptors won their fifth straight game by beating the Washington Wizards 101-88.

Denver's Ty Lawson scored 18 points, including a key 3-pointer with less than a minute to play, to help the Nuggets end their season-high losing streak.

Lawson also had 12 assists for the Nuggets, while Kenneth Faried and Timofey Mozgov added 16 points apiece.

The Atlantic Division-leading Raptors improved to 16-15, the first time since January 2010 their winning percentage has been above .500 at least 30 games into a season.

DeMar DeRozan scored 20 points and Kyle Lowry outplayed John Wall with 19 points and 11 assists for Toronto.

Wall was limited to 11 points and six assists after scoring at least 20 in eight straight games.

The injury-riddled Los Angeles Lakers, meanwhile, cruised to a 110-99 victory over the Utah Jazz playing with their 18th different starting line-up of the season.

Pau Gasol had 23 points and 17 rebounds and Kendall Marshall, the 14th player to start a game for the Lakers overall, finished with 20 points and 15 assists in 40 minutes - all career highs.

The New Orleans Pelicans edged the Boston Celtics 95-92 but lost reserve forward Ryan Anderson after he collided with Gerald Wallace early in the fourth quarter and was taken from the court on a stretcher.

The Celtics said a preliminary diagnosis indicated a "cervical stinger".

Anthony Davis had 23 points and nine rebounds and Tyreke Evans scored 16 points to lead New Orleans.

Houston's James Harden scored 37 points and Aaron Brooks made a pair of free throws with 17 seconds left to lift the Rockets past the New York Knicks 102-100.

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