Spurs Down Dallas – NBA Roundup
UNDATED (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker was in top form on Sunday after missing the team's previous six games.
Parker had 22 points and seven assists as the Spurs downed Dallas 112-106. He hit his first shot and finished 10-for-15, including a crucial layup with 45 seconds left.
Parker looked refreshed after not playing since Feb. 10 for what was officially listed as "rest," but unofficially was due to a series of lower body maladies.
Tim Duncan finished with 17 points and Kawhi (kah-WY') Leonard added 16 as the Spurs earned their third straight win and beat the Mavericks for the eighth consecutive time.
San Antonio remains 1 ½ games behind the Western Conference-leading Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Thunder were 116-99 winners against Charlotte as Kevin Durant contributed 28 points and Russell Westbrook added 26. Serge Ibaka (ih-BAH'-kah) had 15 points and 10 rebounds for Oklahoma City, which outrebounded the Bobcats 44-29.
The Indiana Pacers managed to pick up their fifth consecutive victory after struggling against one of the NBA's worst teams.
David West scored 25 points and Paul George added 22 as the Pacers held off Utah 94-91. CJ Watson had 13 points while starting for George Hill, who sat out his second straight game with a bruised shoulder.
Former Butler star Gordon Hayward had a team-high 21 points for the Jazz in his return to Indianapolis.
The outcome gives the Eastern Conference-leading Pacers a 2 ½-game lead over idle Miami.
Checking out the rest of the NBA finals:
— Gerald Green pumped in 33 points and the Morris twins combined for 39 points as Phoenix outscored Atlanta 129-120. Markief (mahr-KEEF') Morris finished with 21 points and brother Marcus added 18 to help the Suns win their second straight since a three-game skid.
— Joakim Noah (JOH'-keem NOH'-ah) recorded his fifth career triple double, finishing with 13 points, 12 rebounds and 14 assists, in Chicago's ninth victory in 10 games, a 109-90 rout of the Knicks. D.J. Augustin (AW'-guh-steen) was a key contributor for the Bulls with 21 of his 23 points coming in the fourth quarter.
— The Raptors own a four-game lead in the Atlantic Division after DeMar DeRozan scored 32 points and Kyle Lowry had 13 in Toronto's 104-98 win against Golden State. Stephen (STEH'-fehn) Curry scored 34 points and David Lee had 20 and 11 rebounds as the Warriors lost for just the second time in their past seven games.
— Philadelphia's losing streak has grown to 14 games with a 92-81 setback in Orlando. Tobias Harris scored a career-high 31 points, and Nikola Vucevic had 18 points and 17 rebounds for the Magic.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Thunder guard Thabo Sefolosha (tah-BOH' sehf-ah-LOH'-shuh) will miss four to six weeks with a left calf strain. He left Friday's game against Memphis in the first half and didn't return. The 6-foot-7 defensive stopper had started 55 of the team's 59 games this season and averaged 6.7 points and 3.7 rebounds.