Clippers win 17th straight:
Jamal Crawford scored 11 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the visiting Utah Jazz 107-96 on Sunday night for their 17th consecutive victory, becoming the third team in NBA history to record a perfect month.
The Clippers went 16-0 in December to join the 1995-96 San Antonio Spurs and 1971-72 Lakers as the only teams to go undefeated over a month. Their franchise-record winning streak is the longest in the NBA since Boston won 19 in a row four years ago.
Caron Butler led the Clippers with 29 points, making all 6 of his 3-pointers. Chris Paul added 19 points and 9 assists to help them maintain the league's best record at 25-6.
-- Isaiah Thomas scored 27 points and made one of Sacramento's two 4-point plays in the second half as the Kings handed Boston its third straight lopsided loss on a California road swing, 118-96.
-- Tayshaun Prince made 2 free throws with 10.9 seconds left to give host Detroit a 96-94 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks after the Pistons blew a 14-point lead. Monta Ellis had 30 points and 9 assists, and Erson Ilyasova scored 24 points for the Bucks (16-13), who fell a half-game behind the Bulls and Indiana in the Central division.
-- Tony Parker had 21 points and 9 assists, Manu Ginobili had several key baskets among his 20 points and visiting San Antonio handed Dallas its sixth straight loss. Dirk Nowitzki had 8 points on 3-of-9 shooting a week after making a surprise return in a 38-point loss to the Spurs in San Antonio.
-- Rockets first-round pick Royce White has refused his assignment to Houston's D-League affiliate, yet another setback to his return to the court. White, the 16th overall pick in the June draft, has spent most of the season on Houston's inactive list while he and the team figure out how to handle his anxiety disorder and overall mental health. …