Saturday, 19 January 2013

Tim Duncan leads San Antonio Spurs over Golden State Warriors

Tim Duncan had 24 points and 10 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs held off the Golden State Warriors 95-88 on Friday to extend their home winning streak to 14 games.

San Antonio, Texas:  Tim Duncan had 24 points and 10 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs held off the Golden State Warriors 95-88 on Friday to extend their home winning streak to 14 games.

Tony Parker added 25 points and eight assists for San Antonio, which is an NBA-best 18-2 at home. Tiago Splitter added 19 points and nine rebounds, and Danny Green scored 13.

David Lee had 22 points, Klay Thompson added 21 and Jarrett Jack 20 for Golden State, which led for all but 34 seconds in the first half.

The teams combined to start the game 2 for 12 from the field. The Spurs' first basket came 3 minutes in on Duncan's 19-foot jumper.

Golden State closed the first quarter on a 13-4 run but Gary Neal threw in a 3 at the buzzer to pull the Spurs to 26-19. Carl Landry had six points during the run.

Landry continued his dominance in the second quarter, going 7 for 10 while scoring 15 points. He did not score in the second half.

The Spurs tied the game at 58 midway through the third quarter when Stephen Jackson, Parker and Duncan quickly rotated the ball across the court to find an open Green for a 3. Duncan hit a pair of free throws on the following possession to give the Spurs a 60-58 lead, its first since early in the first quarter.

The Spurs went on an 18-11 run after Duncan's free throws to take their largest lead at 78-69 with 27.3 seconds left in the third and held on for the win.

In Indianapolis, Paul George scored 31 points and David West had 20 to lead the Indiana Pacers past the Houston Rockets.

George made 8 of 11 shots and five 3-pointers during a 23-point first half to give Indiana control over Houston, which has now lost six in a row.

The Pacers have won 11 straight home games — their longest streak since winning 14 in a row in 2002-03.

In Boston, Marco Belinelli made a game-winning jumper with 3.1 seconds left, Jimmy Butler scored six points in overtime and the Chicago Bulls edged the Boston Celtics 100-99 in overtime.

Carlos Boozer had 19 points and 20 rebounds, and Joakim Noah added 14 points and 13 boards as the Bulls won their 14th straight road game on a Friday.

Rajon Rondo scored a season-high 30 points for Boston before fouling out with 1:16 to play in overtime.

Kevin Garnett had 16 points and Paul Pierce passed former Celtics star Robert Parish for 22nd on the NBA's career scoring list by chipping in 13 points. Pierce has 23,342 points and Parish 23,334.

In New York, Deron Williams scored 24 points, making four free throws in the final 43.4 seconds, and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Atlanta Hawks 94-89.

In other games Friday, Kemba Walker had 25 points and eight rebounds as the Charlotte Bobcats ended a five-game losing streak with a 106-100 win over the Orlando Magic and the Oklahoma City Thunder needed overtime to record a 117-114 victory over the Dallas Mavericks.

Also on Friday, the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Toronto Raptors 108-101, the Memphis Grizzlies downed the Sacramento Kings 85-69, and the Washington Wizards hung on to beat the Denver Nuggets 112-108.


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