Wizards end decade-long losing run against Spurs
WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington finally broke a decade-long losing run against San Antonio by beating the Spurs 101-93 on Tuesday, giving the Wizards the second best record in the NBA Eastern Conference.
Among other results, overall league leader Golden State overran Utah, Dallas won in overtime at Sacramento, and Cleveland suffered another defeat despite the return of LeBron James, losing to Phoenix.
Washington had lost 17 consecutive games against San Antonio, dating back to 2005, but ended that run of outs thanks chiefly to John Wall, who scored 25 points with eight assists.
Tim Duncan had 11 points and 12 rebounds for the Spurs.
Dallas’ Monta Ellis scored six of his 28 points in overtime and added 10 assists to guide the Mavericks to a 108-104 win at Sacramento.
The visitors rallied from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter to avoid their first four-game losing skid.
Rajon Rondo broke out of a scoring slump with 21 points and seven assists for Dallas, which also rallied from a 24-point deficit to beat the Kings earlier in the season.
DeMarcus Cousins, who fouled out late in the fourth quarter, had 32 points, 16 rebounds and nine assists for the Kings.
Golden State’s Stephen Curry scored 27 points and ignited a decisive third-quarter run to lead the Warriors to a 116-105 win over Utah.
Draymond Green scored 15 points to help the Warriors to their franchise-best seventh consecutive victory by double figures.
Derrick Favors had 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Jazz, who could not overcome blistering third-quarter shooting by Golden State. Utah allowed 44 points on 16-of-26 shooting in that period.
Cleveland’s LeBron James scored 33 points in his return from a two-week injury layoff but it wasn’t enough to prevent the Cavaliers from going down to their sixth straight loss, 107-100 to Phoenix.
Markieff Morris scored a career-high 35 points on 15-of-21 shooting for the Suns, who outscored the Cavs 11-3 over the last 3:31.
The Cavaliers rallied from a 19-point, third-quarter deficit to go ahead in the fourth, the first of eight late lead changes.
J.R. Smith, who joined the Cavaliers during James’ absence, scored 29, going 8 of 14 on 3-pointers.
Atlanta stretched its winning streak to nine games, taking a 105-87 victory at Philadelphia, with Al Horford having his first career triple-double: 21 points with 10 rebounds and 10 assists.
Miami’s Mario Chalmers scored nine of his 19 points in the fourth quarter to steer the Heat to a 78-75 win at the Los Angeles Lakers.
Minnesota snapped a 15-game losing streak with a 110-101 win against Indiana, with Mo Williams scoring a career-high 52 points; most in the NBA this season.