NBA scores: Suns continue struggling, Clippers win battle of Los Angeles

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Recapping a busy night of action across the NBA.

22 teams were in action on Friday night, including a couple that made deep runs in the playoffs last summer. With the midway point in the season nearing, teams are starting to realize if they're a contender or pretender in 2013. Let's take a look at some of the key games.

The hometown Phoenix Suns dropped another game at home, falling to the Jazz by a score of 87-80. Marcin Gortat led the way with 18 points and 11 rebounds, although he did not receive much help along the way. Phoenix scored just nine points in the second quarter. The loss moves the Suns to 12-22 on the year.

In other action, the game of the night was between the Clippers and Lakers at Staples Center. Both teams held tough, but a big night from Chris Paul was enough as the Clips went on to win 107-102. They are now 2-0 against their crosstown rivals this season, and it's pretty apparent the top Western Conference team in L.A. is the Clippers right now.

The Bulls went into Miami and picked up a convincing 96-89 win. Despite being without Derrick Rose, Chicago really seems to be hitting their stride lately. They out-rebounded the Heat by 20 and were led by Carlos Boozer, who had 27 points and 12 boards.

The most entertaining game of the night was between Brooklyn and Washington. The Nets ended up winning 115-133, although two overtime sessions were needed to crown a winner. A late jumper from Joe Johnson was the difference for Brooklyn.

There are 10 games on the schedule for Saturday.

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