Spurs rally, roll to­ward his­tory on the road

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MINNEAPOLIS: Kawhi Leonard scored 31 points and the San An­to­nio Spurs im­proved to 13-0 on the road this sea­son with a 105-91 vic­tory over the Min­nesota Tim­ber­wolves on Tues­day night. Leonard hit 11 of 15 shots af­ter not scor­ing at all in the first quar­ter and Patty Mills scored 15 points off the bench for the Spurs (18-4), who played with­out Tony Parker af­ter he bruised his left knee against Mil­wau­kee on Wed­nes­day night. San An­to­nio over­came a slow start to shoot 52.7 per­cent. The Spurs moved past the 1969-70 New York Knicks to take sole pos­ses­sion of the sec­ond best road start to be­gin a sea­son in NBA his­tory. The Golden State War­riors started 14-0 last year. Zach LaVine scored 25 points for the Tim­ber­wolves. Karl-An­thony Towns had 11 points and 14 re­bounds, but shot just 3 of 16. KNICKS 114, HEAT 103

Carmelo An­thony matched a sea­son high with 35 points, and New York beat in­jury-rav­aged Mi­ami for its fourth straight vic­tory. Kristaps Porzingis had 14 points and 12 re­bounds for New York, which is three games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 2012-13 sea­son. The Knicks lost Der­rick Rose to back spasms in the third quar­ter. Go­ran Dragic scored 29 points and Has­san White­side fin­ished with 23 points and 14 re­bounds for the Heat, who fell to 2-8 at home. The teams were tied at 68 late in the third quar­ter, when the Knicks went on a 2713 run over the next eight min­utes to take con­trol. An­thony fin­ished 13 for 27 from the field, and Porzingis and Joakim Noah com­bined for 22 re­bounds. MAGIC 124, WIZARDS 116

El­frid Pay­ton scored 22 of his ca­reer-high 25 points in the first half and Or­lando over­came John Wall’s 52-point per­for­mance to beat Wash­ing­ton. Wall had the high­est-scor­ing game of his ca­reer and kept Wash­ing­ton in it with 33 points in the sec­ond half as the Wizards cut the lead be­low 10 in the fourth quar­ter. The guard made 18 of 31 from the field and added eight as­sists. Pay­ton went 8 for 8 from the field and 3 for 3 from the line off the bench in that first half, nearly match­ing his pre­vi­ous sea­son best of 23 points in the first two quar­ters alone. Pay­ton fin­ished 9 for 12 and handed out nine as­sists. Or­lando won its third straight game and its 124 points were a sea­son high. PIS­TONS 102, BULLS 91

To­bias Har­ris scored 22 points and Detroit beat Chicago. An­dre Drum­mond added 15 points and 10 re­bounds for the Pis­tons, who won for the fourth time in five games. Jimmy But­ler scored 32 points and Dwyane Wade added 19 points and seven as­sists for Chicago, which lost its third straight. The Bulls were play­ing their fourth game in five nights and strug­gled in the fourth quar­ter. Ra­jon Rondo had 10 points in his re­turn to the Chicago lineup. GRIZ­ZLIES 96, 76ERS 91

Marc Ga­sol had 26 points and 12 re­bounds, and Mem­phis fi­nally put away short-handed Philadelphia. Mem­phis scored the game’s fi­nal seven points to erase Philadelphia’s lead with less than 2 min­utes left, send­ing the Six­ers to their eighth straight loss. JaMy­chal Green had 13 points and 10 re­bounds, in­clud­ing a pair of free throws with 4 sec­onds left to seal the Griz­zlies’ fourth straight win and 10th in the last 13. Er­san Ilyasova had sea­son bests of 23 points and 17 re­bounds for Philadelphia. Dario Saric scored 17 points, while Nik Stauskas added 12 points, de­spite miss­ing seven of his eight shots from out­side the arc. The Six­ers led 91-89 with 1:57 re­main­ing, but Zach Ran­dolph, who had 12 points and 14 re­bounds, scored in­side and Mem­phis made enough free throws in the clos­ing min­utes. JAZZ 112, SUNS 105 Gor­don Hay­ward scored 28 points and Utah held on to beat Phoenix for its seventh vic­tory in eight games. Rudy Gobert scored a ca­reer­high 22 points and had 11 re­bounds and blocked four shots for the Jazz, who re­cov­ered af­ter the Suns erased their big lead to tie it at 103. Hay­ward had 11 third-quar­ter points to reach 20-plus points for the ninth con­sec­u­tive game - the first Jazz player to do so since Car­los Boozer in 2007-08. The Jazz sprinted out to a 25-10 lead thanks to an 8-0 run and never trailed. They led 65-45 at half­time af­ter Hay­ward’s pull-up 3-pointer high­lighted a half-clos­ing 11-2 stretch. The 65 points matched a Jazz sea­son high for a half. Devin Booker scored 21 points for the Suns.

— AP

MINNEAPOLIS: San An­to­nio Spurs for­ward Kawhi Leonard (2) works against Min­nesota Tim­ber­wolves for­ward An­drew Wig­gins (22) in the sec­ond half of an NBA bas­ket­ball game, Tues­day, in Minneapolis. The Spurs won 105-91.

— AP

SALT LAKE CITY: Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bled­soe (2) passes the ball as Utah Jazz for­ward Gor­don Hay­ward, rear, de­fends in the first half dur­ing an NBA bas­ket­ball game Tues­day, in Salt Lake City.

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