HOUSTON (AP) — Kawhi Leonard scored 27 points and LaMarcus Aldridge added 26 to lead the San Antonio Spurs to 104-94 victory over the Houston Rockets on Saturday night, tying the mark as the seventh-fastest team in NBA history to reach 50 wins.
It was the fifth straight win for the Spurs (50-9), who have a double-digit lead in the Southwest Division and the second-best record in the NBA behind Golden State.
The Spurs wrapped up a 7-1 road trip, their longest of the season, and showed no signs of fatigue. They never trailed and held a double-digit lead for most of the night.
San Antonio led by as many as 31 in the second half and extended its NBA record of consecutive 50-win seasons to 17.
James Harden led the Rockets with 27 points on 10-for-25 shooting.
TRAIL BLAZERS 103, BULLS 95
CHICAGO (AP) — Damian Lillard scored 31 points and Portland won for the 16th time in 20 games, beating the short-handed Chicago Bulls.
Lillard hit the 30-point mark for the sixth time in seven games, and Mason Plumlee added 16 points and nine rebounds. Gerald Henderson scored 13 and the Trail Blazers got back to winning after blowing a 21-point lead in a loss to Houston two nights earlier.
The Bulls got a triple-double from Pau Gasol, but came up short with Derrick Rose (sore right hamstring) missing his third straight game. Gasol had 22 points, 16 rebounds and a career-high 14 assists.
CELTICS 101, HEAT 89
BOSTON (AP) — Marcus Smart had 15 points and six rebounds as Boston held off Miami for its 10th consecutive victory at home.
Jae Crowder and Evan Turner each added 14 points. Jared Sullinger had 12 points and 12 rebounds.
Boston took a two-point lead into the final period and seized control at 93-84 with 2:45 to play after three free throws by Smart.
Goran Dragic led the Heat with 21 points but was scoreless in the fourth quarter. Dwyane Wade finished with 19. Hassan Whiteside had 13 points, 15 rebounds and eight blocks.
PISTONS 102, BUCKS 91
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Andre Drummond posted his NBA-leading 50th double-double with 15 points and 17 rebounds, and Detroit built on a strong start from 3-point range to beat Milwaukee.
Reggie Jackson had 22 points and eight assists for Detroit, which won its third straight game.
The Pistons opened 6 of 7 from behind the arc in the first quarter and 11 of 19 in the half. They capitalized on Milwaukee mistakes, outscoring the Bucks 23-6 in points off turnovers.
Khris Middleton led the Bucks with 26 points.
TIMBERWOLVES 112, PELICANS 110
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Karl-Anthony Towns had 30 points and 15 rebounds, Andrew Wiggins hit two free throws with 3.6 seconds left and Minnesota rallied to beat depleted New Orleans.
Zach LaVine added 25 points on 11-of-17 shooting, including a 3-pointer with 2:43 left that gave the Timberwolves their first lead since the first quarter.
The Pelicans tied the score at 110 on two free throws by Eric Gordon with 12.2 seconds remaining. Wiggins, who was 5 for 15 from the floor, then drove to the basket and drew a foul from Gordon.
Gordon and Ryan Anderson scored 31 points each for New Orleans, which played without All-Star big man Anthony Davis after he sprained his right big toe in pregame warmups. The Pelicans dropped to 1-6 in games Davis has missed.