Spurs’ Big Three help nix Rock­ets win streak

Austin American-Statesman - - C SPORTS -

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.

ERIC GAY / AP

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.

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