Nuggets Thrash New Orleans – NBA Roundup
UNDATED (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs have run their team-record winning streak to 19 games while stretching their lead in the NBA's Western Conference to four games over Oklahoma City.
Tony Parker had 18 points and eight assists to lead the Spurs' 111-90 rout of Golden State. Tim Duncan added 15 points and eight rebounds before he and Parker sat out the entire fourth quarter with the game well in hand.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was able to rest his core players with his team leading by as many as 26 points and never trailing after the opening three minutes.
The Miami Heat still lead the Eastern Conference by percentage points over Indiana after both teams won Wednesday.
LeBron James scored 17 points and Chris Bosh added 15 as the Heat stifled Milwaukee 96-77. Mario Chalmers added 14 points for the Heat, who never trailed despite again being without Dwyane (dwayn) Wade, Ray Allen and Greg Oden.
Paul George had 27 points and 13 rebounds as the Pacers knocked off Detroit 101-94 to end a three-game skid. David West scored 15 points for Indiana.
In other NBA action:
— The Los Angeles Clippers pulled out a 112-108 win at Phoenix after trailing by 17 in the second half. Darren Collison and Blake Griffin scored 23 points apiece, and Chris Paul's 20-point effort included a 32-footer that put the Clippers ahead for good with 1:48 left.
— Kevin Love posted his third career triple-double by contributing 24 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists in Minnesota's 102-88 triumph over Memphis. Ricky Rubio had 14 points, seven assists and three steals, while Kevin Martin scored 21 points for the Timberwolves.
— DeMar DeRozan scored 29 points in Toronto's 107-103 squeaker against Houston. Terrence Ross scored 14 points and John Salmons had 12 as the short-handed Raptors won for the fourth time in five games while expanding their Atlantic Division lead to 2 1/2 games over Brooklyn.
— J.R. Smith had 24 points, eight rebounds and six assists as the New York Knicks crushed the Nets 110-81 to move percentage points ahead of Atlanta for the final Eastern Conference playoff berth. Carmelo Anthony added 23 points and 10 rebounds in the Knicks' 12th victory in 15 games.
— The Hawks absorbed a 105-92 loss to Chicago as D.J. Augustin scored 23 points for the Bulls. Chicago took control with a 16-3 run in the second quarter and led the rest of the way, sending Atlanta to its 21st loss in 28 games.
— The Washington Wizards are in the playoffs for the first time in six years following a 118-92 trouncing of Boston. Marcin Gortat (MAHR'-chin GOHR'-tot) scored 22 points to lead the Wizards, who sit sixth in the East.
— Charlotte clobbered Philadelphia 123-93 behind Al Jefferson's 25 points and 10 rebounds. The Bobcats need to win just three of their remaining seven games to wrap up their first playoff berth since 2010.
— Cleveland hammered Orlando 119-98 as Dion Waiters scored 26 points and Spencer Hawes and Tristan Thompson had 20 each. Kyrie Irving added 17 points, eight assists and six rebounds in his first game back after missing eight with a strained left biceps.
— Kenneth Faried scored a career-high 34 points and added 13 rebounds in Denver's 137-107 thrashing of New Orleans. The Nuggets hit 15 of their 27 3-point attempts, with reserve Aaron Brooks going 6-for-8 and scoring 24 points.
— And Rudy Gay's 31 points lifted Sacramento past the Los Angeles Lakers 107-102.
All Times EDT
x-clinched playoff spot
Cleveland 119, Orlando 98
Indiana 101, Detroit 94
Washington 118, Boston 92
Charlotte 123, Philadelphia 93
New York 110, Brooklyn 81
Toronto 107, Houston 103
Miami 96, Milwaukee 77
Chicago 105, Atlanta 92
Minnesota 102, Memphis 88
San Antonio 111, Golden State 90
Denver 137, New Orleans 107
L.A. Clippers 112, Phoenix 108
Sacramento 107, L.A. Lakers 102
San Antonio at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m.
Dallas at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.
Denver at Memphis, 7 p.m.
Indiana at Toronto, 7 p.m.
Orlando at Charlotte, 7 p.m.
Detroit at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m.
Philadelphia at Boston, 7:30 p.m.
Minnesota at Miami, 7:30 p.m.
Cleveland at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.
Washington at New York, 7:30 p.m.
Milwaukee at Chicago, 8 p.m.
New Orleans at Utah, 9 p.m.
Oklahoma City at Houston, 9:30 p.m.
Phoenix at Portland, 10 p.m.
Sacramento at Golden State, 10:30 p.m.
Dallas at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m.
Minnesota at Orlando, 7 p.m.
Chicago at Washington, 7 p.m.
Brooklyn at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.
Charlotte at Cleveland, 7:30 p.m.
Boston at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Toronto at Milwaukee, 8:30 p.m.