Brooklyn, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Rodney Stuckey had 27 points and six assists as the Detroit Pistons defeated the Brooklyn Nets, 109-97, on Sunday afternoon. Greg Monroe tallied 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Brandon Jennings added 14 points and 10 assists for Detroit, which had lost seven of its last nine games coming in. Joe Johnson netted 34 points as the last- place Nets dropped their fifth straight tilt.
Final Score: LA Clippers 121, Chicago 82
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Chris Paul tallied 16 points and 17 assists to charge the Los Angeles Clippers to a 121-82 win over the Chicago Bulls. Jared Dudley and J.J. Redick scored 21 and 19 points, respectively, and Blake Griffin added 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Clippers, who have won three of their last four games. Luol Deng scored a game-high 22 points for Chicago, which has lost three in a row. Carlos Boozer and Mike Dunleavy added 14 points apiece. Bulls' point guard Derrick Rose will undergo surgery to repair a torn right meniscus on Monday. He is out indefinitely.
Final Score: Phoenix 104, Orlando 96
Orlando, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Goran Dragic registered 23 points and 13 assists as the Phoenix Suns downed the Orlando Magic, 104-96, from Amway Center on Sunday. Phoenix gained the lead on back-to-back Gerald Green 3- pointers early in the first quarter and led the rest of the way. Green made his fourth straight start for the injured Eric Bledsoe and scored 20 points in the victory. Channing Frye netted 14 points while Marcus and Markieff Morris scored 16 and 12, respectively, off the bench. The Suns have won two in a row on the heels of a four-game losing skid. Nikola Vucevic paced the Magic with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Jameer Nelson went for 15 points and nine assists and Andrew Nicholson shot 3-of-4 from 3-point range en route to 19 points off the bench as Orlando lost its fourth straight tilt.
Final Score: Oklahoma City 95, Utah 73
Oklahoma City, OK (SportsNetwork.com) - Kevin Durant scored 19 points before taking a seat in the fourth quarter as the Oklahoma City Thunder manhandled the lowly Utah Jazz, 95-73, at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Serge Ibaka tallied 17 points and 11 rebounds prior to also resting for the final period with the Thunder owning a commanding lead. Jeremy Lamb contributed 15 points off the bench for Oklahoma City, which dominated the game from the late first quarter on en route to its fourth consecutive victory. The Thunder cruised even with All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook sitting out the contest to rest his surgically repaired right knee. Utah, which fell to 1-14 with their sixth straight loss, shot a poor 39.4 percent from the field and managed only two players with double-figure points, with Enes Kanter and Rudy Gobert each finishing with 10 off the bench.
Final Score: LA Lakers 100, Sacramento 86
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Entering Sunday's clash, the Sacramento Kings had scored 100 or more points in three consecutive games while the Los Angeles Lakers had held teams to double-digit efforts in three straight. Something had to give. The Lakers' defense proved up to the task, and Pau Gasol tallied 20 points and 10 rebounds as Los Angeles took down the Kings, 100-86, on the annual Chick Hearn Night from Staples Center. Xavier Henry contributed 21 points off the bench on 7-of-11 shooting as Los Angeles won its third game in a row for the first time this season. Jordan Hill, who was inserted into the starting lineup following a two-game slide earlier this month, went for 10 points and 13 rebounds. Hill has four double-doubles in six starts. DeMarcus Cousins filled the stat sheet with 17 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in the loss, while Greivis Vasquez dropped 20 points with seven helpers.