NBA roundup for Dec. 5
Spurs 109, Hornets 84
SAN ANTONIO (AP) – Tony Parker scored 19 points and the San Antonio Spurs beat the sliding New Orleans Hornets for the second time in a week, 109-84 on Sunday night.
Matt Bonner added 14 points, hitting four of five 3-point attempts, and the Spurs improved their NBA-best record to 17-3 and matched their best start through 20 games since the 2007-08 season.
Chris Paul had 16 points for the Hornets, who have lost four of five and were blown out from the start. They trailed by 38 and lately look nothing like the team that opened 8-0.
But this pummeling will likely be overshadowed by news Sunday that Hornets owner George Shinn has agreed to sell the club to the NBA. A person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press the deal could be completed within days.
Knicks 116, Raptors 99
TORONTO (AP) – Amare Stoudemire had 31 points and a season-high 16 rebounds, Wilson Chandler added 21 points and New York extended its road winning streak to seven.
Landry Fields had 15 points and 10 rebounds and Raymond Felton had 18 points for the Knicks, who matched their longest road winning streak since a seven-game run between Dec. 27, 1994, and Jan. 22, 1995.
Amir Johnson had a season-high 22 points and a a career-high 16 rebounds for Toronto.
Nuggets 108, Grizzlies 107
DENVER (AP) – Nene scored 27 points, Arron Afflalo added 25 and Denver held off Memphis to give coach George Karl his 999th NBA victory.
Karl, talking with the Nuggets about an extension through the 2011-12 season, is 999-677 for a winning percentage of .596. Rudy Gay led the Grizzlies with 24 points.
Celtics 100, Nets 75
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) – Nate Robinson scored 21 points starting in place of an injured Rajon Rondo, leading Boston to its seventh straight victory.
Rondo was a last-minute scratch because of hamstring and foot injuries.
Jordan Farmar led New Jersey with 16 points.
Suns 125, Wizards 108
PHOENIX (AP) – Steve Nash was 8 of 8 from the field, made all four of his foul shots, scored 20 points and had a season-high 17 assists to help Phoenix keep Washington winless on the road this season.
Hakim Warrick had a season-high 26 points for the Suns.
Andray Blatche topped the Wizards, 0-10 on the road, with a season-high 24 points.
Thunder 114, Warriors 109
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Kevin Durant scored 28 points in his first in his first game back from a knee injury, and Russell Westbrook added 19 points and 13 assists for Oklahoma City.
Stephen Curry scored a season-high 39 points and ignited the Warriors’ rally from a 21-point deficit to cut it to three in the final minute.
Oklahoma City made its first 29 free throws before Durant and Westbrook missed three in the final 21/2 minutes to let Golden State stick around. The Thunder finished 37 for 40 from the foul line.
Pistons 102, Cavaliers 92
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) – Richard Hamilton scored 27 points and Rodney Stuckey added 24 points and 11 assists to help Detroit beat Cleveland.
Both teams came into the game off embarrassing performances. Cleveland lost its last two games by a combined 62 points, including the highly anticipated return of LeBron James. Meanwhile, the Pistons were beaten at home by an Orlando team missing Dwight Howard, Jameer Nelson and two other key players because of the flu.
Antawn Jamison led Cleveland with 22 points.