Spurs Stretch Streak – NBA Roundup
UNDATED (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs kept their lead in the NBA's Western Conference by earning their seventh straight win.
Manu Ginobili (MAN'-oo jih-NOH'-blee) scored 22 points and Tony Parker had 20 in the Spurs' 104-96 triumph over Chicago. Ginobili shot 9-for-11 from the field, including four 3-pointers. Parker scored 18 while San Antonio was building a 61-33 halftime lead.
Kawhi (kah-WY') Leonard added 16 points for San Antonio, which saw a 24-point, fourth-quarter lead shrink to eight before winning for the 10th time in 11 games.
D.J. Augustin (AW'-guhs-teen) had a team-high 24 points for the Bulls, who are 1-2 on their season-high, six-game homestand.
Oklahoma City remains a half-game behind the West-leading Spurs after Kevin Durant poured in 42 points to push the Thunder past the red-hot Rockets 106-98. Russell Westbrook scored 24 points, and Serge Ibaka (ih-BAH'-kah) added 12 points and 16 rebounds to help the Thunder end a two-game skid.
The Rockets ended a five-game winning streak despite James Harden's 28 points.
The Indiana Pacers have ended a season-high, four-game losing streak with a little help from a newcomer.
Andrew Bynum scored eight points and grabbed a season-high 10 rebounds in his Pacers debut as Indiana downed Boston 94-83. Bynum played just 15 minutes, but his first basket put the Pacers ahead to stay at 16-14.
David West finished with 24 points as the Eastern Conference-leading Pacers moved 1 1/2 games ahead of Miami.
In other NBA action:
- Jordan Crawford scored 19 points and the Golden State Warriors picked up their fifth straight win by routing Dallas 108-85. Andrew Bogut (BOH'-gut) had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Warriors, who shot 51 percent while holding the Mavericks under 37 percent.
- Memphis picked up its season-high seventh straight home win as Zach Randolph contributed 18 points and 12 rebounds to the Grizzlies' 109-99 decision over Portland. Marc Gasol (gah-SAHL') added a team-high 19 points, nine boards and seven assists to help the Grizzlies earn their third consecutive win overall and open a one-game lead over Phoenix for the final Western Conference playoff berth.
- Minnesota was a 112-101 winner over Milwaukee behind Kevin Love's 27 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. Kevin Martin chipped in 26 points and Jose Barea added 19 to the victory.
- Josh Smith scored 24 points and Rodney Stuckey added 23 in Detroit's 99-89 win against Sacramento. Andre Drummond added 15 points and eight rebounds for the Pistons, who took control by outscoring the Kings 20-11 in the third period.