The Associated Press
Mar. 03, 2014
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Tony Parker had 22 points and seven assists in his return from a six-game absence, leading the San Antonio Spurs' balanced 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.
BULLS 109, KNICKS 90
CHICAGO (AP) — Joakim Noah had 13 points, 12 rebounds and 14 assists for his fifth career triple-double, leading Chicago over New York.
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 and a season-high seven games above .500 overall. Jimmy Butler scored 19 points and Carlos Boozer had 14.
While the Bulls are galloping through the weak Eastern Conference, the Knicks are floundering.
RAPTORS 104, WARRIORS 98
TORONTO (AP) — DeMar DeRozan scored 32 points and Kyle Lowry had 13 as Toronto beat Golden State for its 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.
Toronto's only previous victory over Golden State since Curry was drafted was an 83-75 home win on March 4, 2012, a victory that came while the guard was sidelined by a strained tendon in his foot.
Curry scored 34 points and David Lee had 20 points and 11 rebounds as the Warriors lost for just the second time in their past seven games.
THUNDER 116, BOBCATS 99
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Kevin Durant scored 28 points and Russell Westbrook had 26 to lead Oklahoma City past Charlotte.
Durant made just 8 of 24 field goals, but sank all 12 of his free throws.
Westbrook was 10 of 12 from the floor in 25 minutes in his fifth game since returning from right knee surgery. Reggie Jackson scored 17 points and Serge Ibaka had 15 points and 10 rebounds for Oklahoma City, which won its second straight after losing its first three games following the All-Star break. Oklahoma City outrebounded the Bobcats 44-29.
Al Jefferson scored 25 points and Anthony Tolliver added 17 for the Bobcats, who had won four straight before losses to San Antonio and Oklahoma City.
SUNS 129, HAWKS 120
PHOENIX (AP) — Gerald Green hit 5 of 6 3-pointers in the first half to help Phoenix score 79 points before the break, the most in the NBA this season, as the Suns held on to beat Atlanta.
The first-half total was two shy of the US Airways Center record for points in a half. The previous high for Phoenix in any half this season was 67, but 63 percent shooting, including 12 of 18 on 3-pointers in the first half, shattered the team mark.
Green finished with 33 points and Phoenix tied a season high with 15 3-pointers and set a season high with its 129 point output.
Jeff Teague had 29 points and eight assists for the Hawks, and Mike Scott added 20 points.
MAGIC 92, 76ERS 81
ORLANDO, Florida (AP) — Tobias Harris scored a career-high 31 points as Orlando beat Philadelphia for the second time in less than a week, extending the 76ers losing streak to 14 games.
Nikola Vucevic had 18 points and 17 rebounds for Orlando, which outscored Philadelphia 26-12 in the fourth quarter to earn the win.
The 76ers' skid is their longest since 1994, when they lost 15 straight, and includes a loss last Monday to the Milwaukee Bucks, the NBA's worst team. The 76ers have the NBA's second-worst record, while the Magic have the third-worst.
Thaddeus Young had 29 points for Philadelphia and Michael Carter-Williams added 17 points and 11 rebounds.
Magic guards Jameer Nelson and Arron Afflalo were out with injuries.
PACERS 94, JAZZ 91
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — David West scored 25 points, Paul George added 22, as Indiana beat Utah for its fifth straight victory.
Indianapolis native Gordon Hayward had 21 points and Derrick Favors scored 17 for the Jazz, nine of them in the first eight minutes as Utah opened a 14-4 lead.
A dunk from Favors cut the Pacers' lead to 89-86 with a minute left to play, and West missed a jumper to give Utah a chance to tie with 35 seconds remaining. Hayward cut the Indiana lead to one, but Lance Stephenson sank two free throws to seal the win.
Ian Mahinmi came off the bench to score nine points for the Pacers and provide key minutes, as Roy Hibbert struggled to contain Favors.