Clippers handle NBA's Heat as Butler exits

Los Angeles Clippers guard Paul George scored 23 points in the 128-111 NBA win over the Miami Heat

Paul George and Landry Shamet scored 23 points apiece as the Los Angeles Clippers earned a 128-111 triumph over the Miami Heat, who lost star NBA guard Jimmy Butler to injury.

Kawhi Leonard, Montrezl Harrell and Lou Williams each scored 14 points for the Clippers, who had eight players reach double figures on Wednesday.

Derrick Jones Jnr. had 25 points and nine rebounds while Bam Adebayo scored 22 points and grabbed 11 boards for the Heat.

Butler left the contest in the third quarter with a strained right shoulder and did not return.

He had 11 points and seven assists in 26 minutes. Butler scored a season-high 38 points in a lopsided win over the Philadelphia 76ers, his former club, on Monday.

Nikola Jokic had 30 points, 21 rebounds and 10 assists - his fourth triple-double in nine games - as the Denver Nuggets came from behind to beat the Utah Jazz 98-95 while Jayson Tatum scored 33 points, and the Celtics shot a blistering 56.5 per cent from behind the 3-point arc to outlast the Orlando Magic 116-100.

Ahead of his first career All-Star Game appearance, Tatum carried the scoring with fellow All-Star selection Kemba Walker sidelined due to a sore left knee.

Tatum shot 5 of 11 from 3-point range and added eight rebounds and five assists as the depleted Celtics recorded their fifth straight win.

Caris LeVert scored 23 points as the Brooklyn Nets cruised to a 129-88 rout of the Golden State Warriors.

Brooklyn never trailed, led by as many as 44 and posted its most lopsided win in team history over Golden State, surpassing a 28-point win in 2005.

In Oklahoma City, Dennis Schroder scored 30 points off the bench to lift the Thunder to a 109-103 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Schroder's corner 3-pointer with 28.3 seconds remaining -- immediately following the Cavaliers' 19th turnover of the game -- put the Thunder up by six.

The Memphis Grizzlies beat the Dallas Mavericks 121-107 shortly after the team reportedly agreed to trade Andre Iguodala to the Miami Heat.

Iguodala was acquired from the Golden State Warriors in the off-season but declined to report to Memphis.

Kristaps Porzingis scored 32 points for the Mavericks, who were playing without leading scorer and rebounder Luka Doncic for the fourth consecutive game because of a sprained right ankle.

In other games, Serge Ibaka made the winning 3-pointer with 30.4 seconds remaining as the Toronto Raptors extended their winning streak to a franchise-best 12 games with a 119-118 victory over the Indiana Pacers and the Atlanta Hawks condemned the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 13th consecutive defeat with a 127-120 victory.

Andre Drummond powered his way to 31 points and 19 rebounds as the Detroit Pistons pulled away from the Phoenix Suns for a 116-108 win.