Parker returns, leads Spurs over Mavs 112-106
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Tony Parker had 22 points and seven assists in his return from a six-game absence to lead the San Antonio Spurs’ attack in a 112-106 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday.
Tim Duncan scored 17 points, Kawhi Leonard added 16 and Boris Diaw had 13 points and 10 rebounds for San Antonio. Manu Ginobili had 15 points and seven assists and Tiago Splitter had 11 points as the Spurs extended their winning streak to three games.
Dirk Nowitzki scored 22 points, Vince Carter added 21 and Monta Ellis had 17 for the Mavericks, who have lost eight straight to the Spurs.
Parker looked refreshed after not playing since Feb. 10 for what was officially listed as “rest,” but unofficially was due to a series of lower body maladies.
Chicago’s Joakim Noah had 13 points, 12 rebounds and 14 assists for his fifth career triple-double to lead the Bulls over the New York Knicks 109-90.
Chicago had seven players score in double figures in its ninth win in the last 10 games. The Bulls also reached 100 points for the fourth consecutive game for the first time since Oct. 30-Nov. 5, 2010.
D.J. Augustin had 21 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter as Chicago (33-26) improved to 21-8 since Jan. 1.
At Toronto, DeMar DeRozan scored 32 points and Kyle Lowry had 13 as the Toronto Raptors beat Golden State 104-98 for their first victory in eight tries against Warriors guard Stephen Curry.
Greivis Vasquez and Patrick Patterson each added 12 points and Jonas Valanciuas had 10 for the Raptors, who had lost 11 of their previous 13 meetings with the Warriors.
The Oklahoma City Thunder downed the Charlotte Bobcats 116-99 after Kevin Durant scored 28 points and Russell Westbrook had 26.
In other games, the Phoenix Suns beat the Atlanta Hawks 129-120, the Orlando Magic defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 92-81 and the Indiana Pacers were 94-91 winners over the Utah Jazz.