LOS ANGELES — Blake Griffin scored 22 of his 24 points in the first half, when the Clippers led by 33 points, and Los Angeles went on to its largest victory ever over the Brooklyn Nets, 123-84 Thursday night.

J.J. Redick and Jamal Crawford added 17 points each, DeAndre Jordan had 14 points and 12 rebounds, and Chris Paul had a season-high 17 assists for the Clippers, who have won nine of their last 12 and three in a row.

With Kevin Garnett resting, the Nets were led by Mason Plumlee with 16 points. Darius Morris and Jerome Jordan had 11 points each, and Jordan had 11 rebounds. They have lost nine of 11.

The Clippers put the game away in the first half, when they shot 66 percent and Jordan had already secured his double-double.

BULLS 104, SPURS 81: Derrick Rose scored 22 points and the struggling Bulls beat San Antonio at Chicago.

The Bulls got a much-needed win after dropping 6 of 8 and handed the defending champions their most lopsided loss of the season.

JAZZ 101, BUCKS 99: Gordon Hayward scored 13 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter and Utah held on for a victory at Milwaukee as the Bucks missed their last five shots in the closing minute.

The Jazz looked in control, leading 101-92 with 2:35 left. But the Bucks got within the final score on Jared Dudley’s 3-pointer from with 1:29 remaining.


LAKERS: Kobe Bryant tore his right rotator cuff in the Los Angeles Lakers’ latest defeat, the club announced Thursday.

Bryant injured his right shoulder in the second half of the Lakers’ loss at New Orleans on Wednesday night when he drove the baseline for a two-handed dunk.

An MRI exam Thursday in San Antonio revealed the tear, and Bryant headed home to Los Angeles while the Lakers prepared to play the Spurs on Friday. The Lakers are expected to release an update on Bryant’s condition Friday.

Bryant briefly returned to the game in New Orleans and played essentially with the use of just one arm after the injury. He is a right-handed shooter.

HEAT: Guard Dwyane Wade was fined $15,000 by the NBA for making an obscene gesture during a 78-76 loss at Charlotte on Wednesday night.

Wade stuck out his middle finger at some fans at the end of the third quarter.

WARRIORS: Steve Kerr will coach the Western Conference in the All-Star Game on Feb. 15.

The NBA confirmed that the Golden State coach clinched the spot after the Warriors’ 126-113 victory over Houston on Wednesday night assured his team of the best record in the conference through Feb. 1.

GRIZZLIES: The team signed forward Tyrus Thomas to a 10-day contract, calling him up from Memphis’ NBA Development League affiliate in Iowa. Now 28, Thomas was the fourth overall pick in 2006 by Portland out of LSU.

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