Spurs never trail as Parker leads rout of Rock­ets

Griz­zlies win again to main­tain their league-best mark.

Austin American-Statesman - - C SPORTS - Tony Parker drives past the Rock­ets’ Jeremy Lin to lay in two of his 17 points. Parker added seven as­sists in the 114-92 win. eric Gay / ap

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.

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