NBA roundup for Dec. 26
Spurs 94, Wizards 80
SAN ANTONIO (AP) – Tony Parker had 20 points, 14 assists and six assists and the NBA-leading San Antonio Spurs beat the short-handed Washington Wizards 94-80 on Sunday night.
The Spurs improved to 24-6, rebounding from a 123-101 loss to Orlando on Thursday night that snapped their winning streak at 11. The league leaders in 3-point percentage, San Antonio shot 10 of 24 from long range.
Manu Ginobili had 21 points and George Hill added 11. Hill returned to the lineup after missing four games because of a sprained right toe.
Rashard Lewis, acquired last week from Orlando, had 21 points for Washington, playing without suspended forwards Andray Blatche and JaVale McGee. They were suspended for one game for conduct detrimental to the team.
The Washington Post said Blatche and McGee were involved in an altercation outside an area club early Friday. The newspaper reported that two league sources said the players cursed at each other and exchanged punches. The Post said another source said police were called to break up the fight.
Clippers 108, Suns 103
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Rookie Blake Griffin had 28 points and 12 rebounds for his 18th straight double-double and Los Angeles beat Phoenix for the first time in 10 games.
The victory was the Clippers’ first against their Pacific Division rivals since Jan. 15, 2008, and only their fourth in 19 meetings since losing Game 7 of the 2006 Western Conference semifinals at Phoenix.
Eric Gordon scored 24 points, and Baron Davis had 15 points and nine assists. Newly acquired Mickael Pietrus had a season-high 25 points for Phoenix, and Steve Nash finished with 21 points and 15 assists.
Bulls 95, Pistons 92, OT
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) – Carlos Boozer had 31 points and 11 rebounds, and Derrick Rose added 23 points and matched his career high with 12 rebounds in Chicago’s overtime victory.
Rose also had eight assists. Tayshaun Prince led Detroit with 17 points.
Detroit sent the game to overtime when Charlie Villanueva tipped home a missed shot with 0.6 seconds left. The Pistons missed three shots on the possession, but grabbed all three offensive rebounds.
76ers 95, Nuggets 89
DENVER (AP) – Jrue Holiday had 22 points, Thaddeus Young added 20 and Philadelphia rallied in the fourth quarter to beat Denver.
Elton Brand had 16 points and 17 rebounds and Jodie Meeks scored 17 points for the 76ers.
Chauncey Billups had 24 points and Arron Afflalo and Ty Lawson added 14 each for the Nuggets, who lost their third straight since Carmelo Anthony left the team Wednesday following the death of his sister.
Timberwolves 98, Cavaliers 97
CLEVELAND (AP) – Michael Beasley scored on a driving layup with 5.9 seconds left and finished with 28 points to help Minnesota snap its losing streak at seven.
Beasley scored after Antawn Jamison’s basket with 10.6 seconds left gave Cleveland the lead.
Luke Ridnour scored 23 points to help Minnesota improve to 7-24. Love added 16, including 14 in the fourth quarter, and had 18 rebounds for his NBA-leading 26th double-double. Jamison led Cleveland with 24 points. The Cavaliers are 1-13 in their last 14 and 8-22 overall.
Hornets 93, Hawks 86
NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Chris Paul scored 22 points, 13 in the pivotal third quarter, to lead New Orleans.
Paul was 10 of 17 from the field and also had eight assists. David West scored 18 points, Emeka Okafor had 14 points and 15 rebounds, Trevor Ariza added 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Jarrett Jack had 10 points.
Joe Johnson led Atlanta with 23 points, and Marvin Williams had 18.
Grizzlies 104, Pacers 90
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Rudy Gay scored 30 points, Zach Randolph had 18 points and 16 rebounds and Memphis beat Indiana to snap a three-game losing streak.
O.J. Mayo and Marc Gasol added 17 points each for Memphis. The Grizzlies improved to 5-11 on the road and 13-17 overall. Danny Granger led the Pacers with 29 points and five rebounds.