Spurs Improve To 24-3 At Home – NBA Roundup For March 4th
UNDATED (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs are expected to spend about a month without All-Star point guard Tony Parker, who sprained his left ankle in Friday's win over Sacramento. They managed to win their first game since the injury, posting their most lopsided win of the season with a 114-75 laugher against Detroit.
Manu Ginobili (jih-NOH'-bih-lee) finished with 17 points, Danny Green had 16 and Tim Duncan added 16 and 11 rebounds. Cory Joseph chipped in eight points, four assists and one turnover in place of Parker.
The Spurs had 35 assists on 45 baskets and improved to an NBA-best 47-14.
San Antonio leads the Western Conference by three games over Oklahoma City and 4 ½ over the Los Angeles Clippers after the Thunder beat the Clippers 108-104 in Los Angeles. Kevin Durant threw in 35 points and Russell Westbrook contributed 29 points and 10 assists as the Thunder ended a three-game road skid. The Clippers' third loss to the Thunder this season snaps a four-game winning streak.
Chris Paul led Los Angeles with 26 points.
The Miami Heat needed a strong second-half comeback to tie the longest winning streak in franchise history.
The Heat trailed 59-43 in the final minute of the second quarter before pulling out their 14th straight victory, a 99-93 downing of the Knicks in New York. LeBron James overcame a third-quarter leg injury to finish with 29 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists. Dwyane (dwayn) Wade chipped in 20 points and Chris Bosh added 16 as the Heat ended the Knicks' three-game winning streak.
Miami still leads the East by 6 ½ games after David West pumped in 31 points to lead the Pacers past Chicago 97-92. George Hill had 21 points in the Pacers' seventh victory in eight games.
Also in the NBA, Kobe Bryant scored 11 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter and hit the go-ahead layup with nine seconds left to give the Los Angeles Lakers a 99-98 win over Atlanta. The Lakers blew a 16-point lead in the second half before Bryant scored their last six points, allowing them to reach the .500 mark for the first time in more than two months.
Tayshaun Prince scored 14 points and Memphis led by as many as 32 in a 108-82 rout of the Magic in Orlando. Marc Gasol (gah-SAHL') had 12 points and 11 assists as the Grizzlies won for the ninth time in 10 games.
Houston beat Dallas for the first time in 10 tries as Chandler Parsons poured in a career-high 32 points on 12-of-13 shooting in a 136-104 pounding of the Mavericks. Jeremy Lin and James Harden added 21 points apiece, with Lin also contributing nine assists to the rout.
Jason Thompson's 18 points and 14 rebounds helped Sacramento blast Charlotte 119-83. John Salmons had a team-high 22 points for the Kings, who outscored the Bobcats 70-32 over the second and third quarters and hit 13 three-pointers.
John Wall and Martell Webster each had 16 points in Washington's 90-87 win over Philadelphia. The 76ers dropped to 6-20 on the road and fell six games behind Milwaukee for the final Eastern Conference playoff berth.