Paul, Crawford lift Clippers over Pacers

Best friends forever? North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Dennis Rodman watch a game in Pyongyang. AP
Best friends forever? North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Dennis Rodman watch a game in Pyongyang. AP
Posted: March 02, 2013

Chris Paul scored 29 points and Jamal Crawford added 23 to lead the Los Angeles Clippers over the host Indiana Pacers, 99-91, Thursday night.

David West's 22 points led five players in double figures for Indiana.

The Clippers held a 49-47 lead at halftime, and extended the advantage to 76-69 after three quarters.

The Clippers have now won three straight.

Wall 'in a funk'

Washington Wizards forward Chris Singleton said John Wall is "in a funk right now."

The Wizards' franchise player hasn't been shooting well and has been turning the ball over at an alarming rate over the last few games.

Wall was on the bench for most of the fourth quarter of Wednesday night's loss to the Detroit Pistons. He said afterward that his turnovers were due to "great passes" that his teammates weren't catching.

The Wizards kept Wall under wraps Thursday. They didn't allow reporters to watch any of practice and said Wall wouldn't be doing any interviews.

Rodman ds Kim Jong Un

Ex-NBA star Dennis Rodman hung out Thursday with North Korea's Kim Jong Un on the third day of his improbable journey to Pyongyang, watching the Harlem Globetrotters with the leader and later dining on sushi and drinking with him at his palace.

"You have a friend for life," Rodman told Kim before a crowd of thousands at a gymnasium where they sat side by side, chatting as they watched players from North Korea and the U.S. play.

Kim, a diehard basketball fan, told the former Chicago Bulls star he hoped the visit would break the ice between the United States and North Korea.

Dressed in a blue Mao suit, Kim laughed and slapped his hands on the table before him during the game as he sat nearly knee to knee with Rodman. Rodman, the man who once turned up in a wedding dress to promote his autobiography, wore a dark suit and dark sunglasses, but still had on his nose rings and other piercings.

Ellis' prayer lifts Bucks

Monta Ellis sank an off-balance three-pointer just before the final buzzer to give the visiting Milwaukee Bucks a 110-107 victory over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night.

Ellis took a pass from Brandon Jennings and threw up the game-winner off one foot. The ball rattled around the rim before dropping in.

- Associated Press

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