Spurs never trail as Parker leads rout of Rockets
Grizzlies win again to maintain their league-best mark.
Tony Parker had 17 points and seven assists, and the host San Antonio Spurs never trailed in a 114-92 victory over the Houston Rockets on Friday night.
The Spurs had six players score in double figures while matching their season high with 33 assists.
Tiago Splitter scored 15 points and Gary Neal, Manu Ginobili, Patty Mills and Tim Duncan each added 12. Duncan also had a game-high 12 rebounds. James Harden had 29 points, and Patrick Patterson and Toney Douglas each scored 10 to lead Houston.
It was Harden’s first game in San Antonio since helping the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Spurs last season in the Western Conference finals. The fans certainly remembered Harden, who was booed heartily during pregame introductions and every time he shot a free throw.
San Antonio outrebounded Houston 50-37 and outscored the Rockets 60-38 in the paint.
Grizzlies 96, Hornets 89: Rudy Gay tied a season high with 28 points and visiting Memphis maintained its NBA-best winning percentage (.823) with its second-straight victory in beating struggling New Orleans. Former Hornets first-round draft choice Quincy Pondexter tied a season high with 16 points for the Grizzlies, who improved to 14-3.
Bucks 108, Bobcats 93: Ersan Ilyasova scored a season-high 21 points and Marquis Daniels had season highs with 18 points and six rebounds and host Milwaukee took command early and beat Charlotte. The Bucks led by 13 after the first quarter, 18 at the half and 25 at the end of the third.
Timberwolves 91, Cavaliers 73: Kevin Love had 36 points and 13 rebounds to lead host Minnesota over Cleveland. The two teams combined for 41 turnovers and shot 25 percent from 3-point range in an ugly offensive game.
Bulls 108, Pistons 104: Joakim Noah had 30 points and 23 rebounds, setting career highs in both categories and helping visiting Chicago beat Detroit for the 16th straight time. Chicago trailed by as many as 17 points in the second quarter, but the Bulls rallied toward the end of the half and took control in the fourth quarter.
76ers 95, Celtics 94 (OT): Evan Turner had 26 points and 10 rebounds and Thaddeus Young added 17 points and 12 rebounds to lead host Philadelphia over Boston. Turner drove past Courtney Lee and tossed up an off-balance, right-handed shot for a 95-94 lead with 3.9 seconds left. Boston guard Rajon Rondo slipped and his ankles buckled on the last possession, costing him a chance to hit the potential game-winner, a dud ending to his sizzling triple-double.
Hawks 104, Wizards 95: Josh Smith had 23 points and 15 rebounds, Al Horford also posted a double-double and Atlanta beat Washington to keep the Wizards winless on the road. Horford had 14 points and 14 rebounds for the Hawks, who have won eight of nine. The Wizards fell to 0-8 in road games.
Warriors 109, Nets 102: David Lee had 30 points and 15 rebounds, Stephen Curry scored 28 points, and Golden State gave coach Mark Jackson a winning return to Brooklyn. Curry had 21 in the second half for the Warriors, who won for the fifth time in six games.
Nuggets 92, Pacers 89: Andre Miller, a 36year-old backup guard, scored eight of his 15 points during a 10-0 run in the final three minutes, leading visiting Denver over Indiana. The Pacers had a chance to force overtime when George Hill blocked a shot with about 5 seconds to play.
Noteworthy: Timberwolves president David Kahn is pouring cold water on the seemingly endless speculation surrounding the team’s interest in Lakers big man Pau Gasol, saying in a Friday news conference that he hasn’t had discussions with the Lakers since June.