The Associated Press
Nov. 27, 2014
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Manu Ginobili had 28 points as the San Antonio Spurs won without coach Gregg Popovich, rallying for a 106-100 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night.
Popovich missed the game after undergoing what the team is calling a minor medical procedure. Assistant Ettore Messina took over, becoming the first European-born coach to run an NBA team in the regular season.
Ginobili resembled the high-flying, energetic star that played for Bologna in 2001 under Messina before joining the Spurs, helping San Antonio's Big Three direct the team to victory without their fiery coach.
Tony Parker scored 21 points for San Antonio (10-4), and Kawhi Leonard had 21 points and 13 rebounds.
CAVALIERS 113, WIZARDS 87
CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James scored 29 points and Kevin Love added 21 and Cleveland exacted a little revenge on Washington.
Five days after they were embarrassed in a 91-78 loss to Washington, the Cavs controlled this one from the start and got back to .500.
James led the way, also collecting 10 rebounds and eight assists in 36 minutes. The four-time MVP, who called his team "fragile" during a recent four-game losing streak, was energized from the start as he powered to the basket and imposed his will on the Wizards.
With Cleveland up by 19, James took a seat with 7:52 left, getting an early start on the Thanksgiving holiday. Kyrie Irving added 18 points for the Cavs.
Rasual Butler scored 23 and Paul Pierce had 15 for the Wizards, who only got six points from leading scorer John Wall.
NETS 99, 76ERS 91
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Alan Anderson scored 10 of his 12 points in the fourth quarter as Brooklyn extended Philadelpia's season-opening skid to 15 games — matching a franchise record.
Philadelphia rallied from a 20-point deficit in the first half to the lead early in the fourth quarter, but Anderson and Mirza Teletovic led the way for Brooklyn in the final period. Teletovic had six of his nine points in the fourth.
Joe Johnson had 21 points and Brook Lopez scored 19 for Brooklyn (6-8), which won for just the second time in eight games.
K.J. McDaniels and Tony Wroten scored 18 apiece for Philadelphia, which matched the 1972-73 team that started with 15 losses on its way to setting an NBA record for fewest wins in an 82-game schedule at 9-73.
WARRIORS 111, MAGIC 96
ORLANDO, Florida (AP) — Stephen Curry had 28 points, including six 3-pointers as Golden State rolled to its seventh consecutive win.
Curry rested in the fourth quarter of Golden State's third consecutive win over the Magic. The Warriors led by as many as 27 in the second half.
Seven Warriors scored in double figures. Harrison Barnes had 16 points.
Orlando, which has been bothered by a rash of recent injuries, lost its third straight game. Tobias Harris led the Magic with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
MAVERICKS 109, KNICKS 102, OT
DALLAS (AP) — Tyson Chandler set season highs with 17 points and 25 rebounds against his former team, helping the Mavericks to an overtime victory against the Knicks, who were missing Carmelo Anthony.
J.R. Smith, starting with Anthony sidelined by back spasms, was 1 of 10 from the field entering the fourth quarter. But he made a tying jumper with 0.9 seconds left in regulation.
Dirk Nowitzki had a season-high 30 points for Dallas.
Chandler put Dallas ahead for good at 101-99 with a dunk in his first game against New York since an offseason trade that brought him back to Dallas after three seasons with the Knicks.
Jose Calderon, the biggest name going New York's way in the six-player deal, matched a career high with seven 3-pointers for all of his 21 points.
TRAIL BLAZERS 105, HORNETS 97
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (AP) — Wesley Matthews scored a season-high 28 points as the Trail Blazers defeated the Hornets for their ninth consecutive victory.
Matthews was 10 of 15 from the field and 6 of 9 from 3-point range as Portland (12-3) improved to 7-0 against Eastern Conference teams.
Damian Lillard had 22 points, and Robin Lopez added 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Brian Roberts had a career-high 24 points for the Hornets, who have lost seven straight and nine of 10. Al Jefferson had 21 points and 14 rebounds for his fifth double-double.
RAPTORS 126, HAWKS 115
ATLANTA (AP) — DeMar DeRozan scored 27 points and Lou Williams added 22 as Toronto earned its sixth consecutive victory.
The Eastern Conference-leading Raptors had their highest point total of the season. They have won 11 of 12 to match the best stretch in the franchise's 20-year history, also accomplished from March 22-April 14, 2002.
Jeff Teague had 24 points and 12 assists for Atlanta, and Al Horford scored 23 points.
Kyle Lowry had 14 points and 13 assists for Toronto, which is 4-1 on the road for the first time in team history.
GRIZZLIES 99, LAKERS 93
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Marc Gasol had 19 points and 11 rebounds, Mike Conley added 19 points and Memphis earned its seventh victory in eight games.
Zach Randolph scored 16 points for the Grizzlies, who improved to 13-2 and kept pace with Toronto atop the overall NBA standings. But Western Conference-leading Memphis barely survived a strong effort from the 15th-place Lakers, who kept it close throughout a tense fourth quarter.
Coming off back-to-back 30-point games, Gasol scored 16 points in the second half, including 12 in the third quarter while the Grizzlies moved ahead.
Kobe Bryant scored 22 points for the Lakers, who have lost seven of nine.
ROCKETS 102, KINGS 89
HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden scored 26 points to power Houston to its third straight win.
Harden was 10 for 31 in one of his worst shooting performances of the season, but also had eight assists and seven rebounds.
The Rockets (12-3) also got a big lift from Donatas Motiejunas and Isaiah Canaan, who each set a career high for points. Canaan made six 3-pointers and scored 24 points, and Donatas Motiejunas had 21 points.
DeMarcus Cousins had 29 points and 17 rebounds for the Kings (9-6), and Ben McLemore and Omri Casspi each scored 14.
THUNDER 97, JAZZ 82
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Reggie Jackson scored 22 points as the Thunder ended a six-game losing streak.
Jeremy Lamb scored 21 points and Serge Ibaka added 20 for the Thunder, who shot 48 percent.
Oklahoma City is off to a rough start this season, but it looks as if help is on the way. Kevin Durant (broken right foot) and Russell Westbrook (broken right hand) have been practicing and taking contact, and both will be re-evaluated in the next few days to see if they are ready to return.
Gordon Hayward scored 24 points, and Enes Kanter and Trey Burke each added 16 for the Jazz, who lost their fourth straight and matched their lowest point total of the season.
SUNS 120, NUGGETS 112
PHOENIX (AP) — Gerald Green scored 24 points for Phoenix, and Eric Bledsoe had 20.
Green made 6 of 11 3-pointers, and the Suns won for the fifth time in six games. Goran Dragic added 20 points for Phoenix, which ended Denver's five-game winning streak.
Timofey Mozgov led the Nuggets (7-8) with 18 points and 13 rebounds, and Ty Lawson added 17 points and 12 assists.
BUCKS 103, TIMBERWOLVES 86
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Larry Sanders had 15 points, seven rebounds and five blocks to help the Bucks to a victory at the Timberwolves.
Brandon Knight scored 13 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter for the Bucks (9-7), who have won five of their last seven games in a spirited start under new coach Jason Kidd. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 13 points, eight rebounds and four assists, and Jabari Parker added 11 points and seven boards.
Andrew Wiggins had 14 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two blocks for the Wolves.
Each team started two 19-year-olds — Wiggins and third-stringer Zach LaVine for Minnesota and Parker and Antetokounmpo for Milwaukee. It's the first time in NBA history that four teenagers have played in the same game, let alone started.
CLIPPERS 104, PISTONS 98
AUBURN HILLS, Michigan (AP) — Jamal Crawford scored 25 points and Chris Paul had 23, leading the Clippers to the road win.
Blake Griffin added 15 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for Los Angeles, which outscored Detroit 32-25 in the final period. Crawford, one of the NBA's top reserves, and Paul combined for 31 points in the second half.
D.J. Augustin scored 19 points for the Pistons, who have lost six in a row. Andre Drummond had 17 points and 13 rebounds.