Spurs’ Big Three help nix Rockets win streak
Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili combined to score 84 points, and the San Antonio Spurs snapped the Houston Rockets’ fivegame winning streak with a 122-116 victory on Friday night.
Parker had 31 points and 10 assists, Duncan had 30 points and five rebounds, and Ginobili had a season-high 23 points for host San Antonio (23-8). Danny Green was 5 for 7 on 3pointers and finished with 17 points.
James Harden scored 33 points, Chandler Parsons added 24, and Jeremy Lin had 21 for Houston (16-13).
After allowing the Rockets to shoot 55 percent through three quarters, the Spurs clamped down defensively in the fourth. San Antonio had seven steals in the period, and Houston shot 10 for 23 from the field.
Ginobili and Patty Mills made back-to-back 3s to push the Spurs’ lead to 104-97. Mills also forced offensive fouls on Lin and Aldrich that helped San Antonio go on a 7-0 run.
San Antonio set season highs with 41 points in the first quarter and 69 in the first half but Houston kept pace with 63 before halftime — the most by a Spurs opponent this season.
Nuggets 106, Mavericks 85: Danilo Gallinari scored a career-high 39 points, and Denver spoiled Dirk Nowitzki’s first home game since returning from knee surgery by beating Dallas. Nowitzki had five points in 17 minutes in his third game back, and the Mavericks lost their fifth straight for the first time since January 2011. Nowitzki missed 27 games after knee surgery late in the preseason.
Raptors 104, Hornets 97 (OT): DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points, Kyle Lowry had two big bas- kets in overtime, and visiting Toronto held off New Orleans. The Raptors, who never trailed in the second half, scored nine of the first 11 points in overtime after blowing a seven-point lead in the last 1:30 of regulation.
Pistons 109, Heat 99: Will Bynum had 25 points and 10 assists, leading another spirited performance by the Detroit bench, and the host Pistons beat short-handed Miami despite 35 points by LeBron James. Miami was without Dwyane Wade, suspended for a game by the NBA for flailing his leg and making contact with a Charlotte player Wednesday. The Detroit reserves, who scored 85 points in a loss to Atlanta on Wednesday, contributed 64 on Friday.
Nets 97, Bobcats 81: Brooklyn gave P.J. Carlesimo a victory in his debut and visiting Charlotte a 17th straight loss, getting 26 points and 11 rebounds from Brook Lopez. A day after firing Avery Johnson, the Nets played as they did last month, when they were 11-4 and Johnson was Eastern Conference coach of the month. They are just 4-10 in December, a slump that cost Johnson his job, but got back over .500 with ease.
Hawks 102, Cavaliers 94: Jeff Teague scored a career-high 27 points and visiting Atlanta scored the game’s final nine points to beat Cleveland. Teague’s jumper from the foul line gave the Hawks a 95-94 lead with 2:32 remaining to spark the late run and send Atlanta to its third straight win. Kyrie Irving led Cleveland with 28 points.
Pacers 97, Suns 91: George Hill scored 22 points, including three 3-pointers, and led host over Phoenix. Paul George had 15 points, and David West added 14 points and seven rebounds for the Pacers, who have won four straight and seven of eight. Sebastian Telfair had 19 points and six assists, for the Suns, who have lost four in a row.
Wizards 105, Magic 97: Jordan Crawford scored 27 points and worst-in-the-NBA Washington showed it can still win a game every once in a while, breaking an eightgame losing streak against visiting Orlando. Nene added season highs of 23 points and 11 rebounds while hearing chants of “R-G-3!” — the new equivalent of “M-V-P!” in a city where Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is the new superstar.
Noteworthy: Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao will miss at least two more games with a bruised right knee. Varejao has missed four games since hurting his knee on Dec. 18 against Toronto.
The Rockets’ Jeremy Lin, who had 21 points, scores as the Spurs’ Stephen Jackson (left to right), Manu Ginobili and Boris Diaw look on during Friday’s game.