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Griffin, Paul lead Clippers over Hornets 113-92

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Blake Griffin had 22 points and a season-high 16 rebounds, Chris Paul had 22 points and a season-high 15 assists and the Los Angeles Clippers handed the Charlotte Hornets their sixth straight loss 113-92 on Monday night.

Griffin was 10 of 23 from the field and finished one assist shy of a triple-double.

The Clippers were 15 of 32 from 3-point range, while the Hornets were just 2 of 20. Jamal Crawford had 21 points and J.J. Redick added 17 and the sharp-shooting duo combined to go 9 of 17 from beyond the arc.

Paul came in averaging had 9.5 assists for the Clippers (8-5).

Cody Zeller led the way for Charlotte with a career-high 17 points off the bench. Al Jefferson had 16 points and nine rebounds, and Kemba Walker added 15 points for the Hornets (4-11), who have lost eight of their last nine games.


East Tennessee State comeback tops Winthrop, 69-64

ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — Jalen Riley scored seven points in the final minute to complete an East Tennessee State comeback and secure a 69-64 win over Winthrop Monday night.

Josh Davenport converted a pair of free throws to give Winthrop a five-point lead, 61-56, with 4:09 left, but Lester Wilson drilled a 3-pointer and Rashawn Rembert converted a pair of free throws to even the game at 61-61 with 2:31 left.

Riley gave ETSU the lead on a 3-pointer with :50 seconds left and, after A.J. Merriweather added the second of two free throws, Riley added four straight free throws, the final pair with :03 left.

Wilson finished with 20 points to lead the Buccaneers (3-1) and Rembert added another 16. Riley contributed 10 points off the bench.

Moore finished with 24 points to lead Winthrop (2-2), with Andre Smith adding 12 points off the bench.


Clemson gets past LSU 64-61 in Paradise Jam

ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) — Damarcus Harrison scored 16 points as Clemson topped Louisiana State 64-61 on Monday in the fifth-place game of the Paradise Jam.

Clemson knocked down 7 of 8 free throws in the final 4 minutes and LSU’s Jordan Mickey missed a 3-pointer in the closing seconds.

Clemson (3-2) went 2-1 in the tournament for the third time in three appearances.

Mickey had 18 points and 10 rebounds for LSU (3-2). Tim Quarterman added a career-high 16 points.

LSU opened the game 1-for-10 shooting as Clemson took an early 8-2 lead. But Mickey helped LSU crawl back into the game with 16 points in the first half, and the teams traded the lead six times before LSU went to halftime with a 31-30 lead.

The second half went back and forth as the teams exchanged the lead eight times and were tied on seven occasions.


No. 23 Clemson looking to score against rival

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris has had a wild run of success the past four seasons — except against rival South Carolina.

The 23rd-ranked Tigers (8-3) have set scoring in two of the previous three seasons since Morris arrived in January 2011 and averaged almost 38 points a game, yet they struggle against the Gamecocks (6-5).

Morris’ offense has scored just 13, 17 and 17 points in the past three losses, part of South Carolina’s unprecedented run of five straight wins in the rivalry.

Clemson’s three highest yardage seasons — all surpassing 6,000 yards of offense — have come in Morris’ first three years. And again, that success has not shown up in the rivalry game.


Deacons get past Colonels 75-48

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Mitchell Wilbekin and Cornelius Hudson scored 12 points each as Wake Forest shook off a slow start to beat Nicholls State 75-48 Monday.

Wilbekin hit 4 of 7 3-pointers, while Hudson was 2 of 5 from the field and 7 of 7 from the free-throw line. The Deacons (3-2) led by as many as 37 points in the second half in snapping a two-game losing streak.

Wake Forest shot 42.9 percent from the field (21 of 49), including 5 of 17 on 3-pointers, and made 28 of 36 from the line. The Deacons also outrebounded the Colonels (0-3) 42-21, and held them to 33.3 percent shooting in the first half in taking a 47-20 halftime lead.

Liam Thomas had 13 points to lead Nicholls State, which led 8-6 with 14:46 left in the first half. But Wake Forest outscored the Colonels 41-12 over the rest of the half.