DALLAS -- Richard Jefferson has made the most of his rare opportunities to start this season for the Dallas Mavericks.
Jefferson tied his season high with 16 points, seven during a 16-0 Dallas run early in the third quarter, and the Mavericks raced past the New Orleans Pelicans 102-93 on Monday night.
The 34-year-old Jefferson made his fifth consecutive start in place of small forward Chandler Parsons, sidelined with a sprained left ankle, and hit five of six field goal attempts. Jefferson has started nine games this season and scored in double figures seven times.
MINNEAPOLIS -- The road-weary Los Angeles Clippers were getting outrun by the younger Minnesota Timberwolves and found themselves in danger of splitting a tough four-game trip.
That's when Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan locked in defensively to finish on a high note.
Paul had 26 points and 14 assists, and the Clippers allowed only one field goal in the fourth quarter to outlast the Timberwolves for a 110-105 victory Monday night.
MIAMI -- Making no effort to downplay how much this win meant to him, Goran Dragic thanked the Miami Heat for his birthday present.
His birthday, by the way, is on May 6.
Had it been any other opponent, Dragic said he wouldn't have played through the back spasms that have pained him for a few days. But this was the Phoenix Suns, the team that called him selfish after trading him to Miami last month, and Dragic's new teammates wouldn't let him down.
NEW YORK -- Jarrett Jack made a tiebreaking jumper with 1.1 seconds left, and the Brooklyn Nets overcame Stephen Curry's stirring, fourth-quarter comeback attempt to beat the Golden State Warriors 110-108 on Monday.
Curry brought the Warriors back from 10 points down with under four minutes left and tied it, but he couldn't get a shot off after Jack's jumper.
Curry finished with 26 points, 18 of them in the final period. Nonetheless, Jack ran the clock down and shot over Curry as the Nets won their first home game since Feb. 6.
PHILADELPHIA -- Toronto needed a boost from any player to halt a miserable losing streak.
DeMar DeRozan fit the bill with his best game of the season.
DeRozan scored a season-high 35 points, Lou Williams had 21 and the Toronto Raptors snapped a five-game losing streak with a 114-103 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night.
"I know he's running and sweating and going full-tilt now," Rivers said. "That's good. I'm not sure what that means, not being there, but I know he's working, and that's all you can hope for. It's a good sign."
When Rivers was asked if Griffin was able to return to basketball activities, he said, "Yeah, I think so -- shooting."
Rivers said he didn't know when Griffin would be back. Asked if Sunday's game against the Golden State Warriors was a possibility, which would be four weeks since Griffin was sidelined, Rivers said, "I guess it's possible."
NEW YORK -- Brooklyn Nets forward Mirza Teletovic, who will not play again this season after being diagnosed with multiple blood clots in his lungs in late January, told reporters Monday the clots are gone, he feels great and he hopes to return in six months.
Teletovic said the doctors have an 80 percent belief the clots originated as a result of the hip pointer he suffered in Cleveland in mid-December. The clot then traveled to his calf and lungs. He wasn't capable of breathing properly for "like 20 days" or so, he said.
Teletovic experienced shortness of breath in Los Angeles during the Nets' Jan. 22 game against the Los Angeles Clippers and was taken from the Staples Center to a local hospital in an ambulance. A battery of tests, including a CT scan, revealed the clots. The Nets announced the following day that he would miss the remainder of the season.