The Clippers and Lakers both were in action on Friday, and both lost away from home. The Lakers took a trip to Memphis and fell 106-98 to the Western Conference-leading Grizzlies. Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 30 points, despite struggling from the field. He did much of his work at the free-throw line, where he knocked down 13-of-14 attempts.
Chris Paul and the Clippers struggled to hit shots in an 86-76 loss at Brooklyn. The Clippers hit on just 40 percent of their field-goal attempts, while the Nets buried 46 percent of theirs.
New York traveled to Houston to face former guard Jeremy Lin, and left with a 131-103 blowout loss. James Harden was efficient in putting up 33 points on just 15 shots. Harden hit all 15 of his free throws.
Elsewhere, Boston took down Oklahoma City, 108-100, in a high-profile matchup. Paul Pierce scored 27 points to pace the Celtics.
Full list of scores from Friday:
Nets 86, Clippers 76
Celtics 108, Thunder 100
Grizzlies 106, Lakers 98