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|Saturday, 22 December 2007 19:39|
Tony Parker had 18 points in his first game back since missing four with a sprained left ankle. The Spurs snapped a two-game skid, while the Clippers' losing streak increased to four.
Rookie Al Thornton led the Clippers with 25 points in his second career start. Chris Kaman added 20 points and 10 rebounds.
The game was never much in doubt, though the Clippers got within six points with less than two minutes to play. The Spurs led by as many as 24.
While Parker was back for the Spurs, top reserve Manu Ginobili left the game in the first quarter with a sprained left index finger. He sustained the same injury to his shooting hand on Dec. 2, but didn't miss any games.
Suns 122, Raptors 103
PHOENIX (AP) - The Suns raced past Toronto despite a career-high 42 points by the Raptors' Chris Bosh.
Leandro Barbosa, starting in place of injured Raja Bell, scored 31 points, Amare Stoudemire added 28 and Grant Hill 25 as Phoenix swept the season series from Toronto for the fourth consecutive season. The Suns are 8-0 against the Raptors since Steve Nash came to Phoenix in 2004.
Bosh made 22 of 24 free throws, both career bests. His 22 makes are the most from the line in the league this season.
The Suns improved to 6-0 when Barbosa has started this season.
Pacers 93, Wizards 85
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Danny Granger scored 11 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, and Indiana held off short-handed Washington.
Jermaine O'Neal had 18 points and eight rebounds, and reserve Kareem Rush added 15 points for the Pacers (15-13), who won for the fourth time in five games.
Antawn Jamison finished with 29 points and 12 rebounds, and Roger Mason scored a career-high 20 points for Washington (13-13), which played without injured starters Gilbert Arenas, Caron Butler and Antonio Daniels.
Trailing by seven entering the fourth quarter, the Wizards used a 9-0 run to tie it at 70 with 8 minutes remaining. The Pacers responded by scoring the next seven points, including a Granger 3-pointer.
Heat 104, Jazz 102
MIAMI (AP) - Dwyane Wade hit a 20-foot jumper at the buzzer, giving Miami a win over Utah.
Wade finished with 20 points for Miami, which wasted a 16-point second-half lead - but won when the 2006 NBA finals MVP pump-faked, shot and saw the ball bounce off the rim and through the hoop as time expired.
Shaquille O'Neal finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Daequan Cook had 15 points, including a crucial 3-pointer with 28.2 seconds left, for Miami.
Deron Williams scored 22 points, Andrei Kirilenko had 21 and C.J. Miles scored 14 of his 20 points in the fourth for Utah, which took its only lead of the second half on a pair of free throws by Matt Harpring with 46.3 seconds remaining.
Nets 100, Warriors 95
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Richard Jefferson scored 31 points, Jason Kidd collected his 94rd career triple-double and New Jersey beat Golden State.
Vince Carter finished with 23 points, including a clutch 3-pointer with 24.6 seconds left, for the Nets, who led by 14 in the first half and needed some clutch plays from their Big Three to get the win.
Kidd, who finished with 15 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds, made two free throws with 22.1 seconds left to seal the victory.
Stephen Jackson had 21 points for Golden State (15-12). Monta Ellis added 19 and Andris Biedrins had 16 points and 10 rebounds.
Rockets 116, Bulls 98
CHICAGO (AP) - Tracy McGrady returned to the Houston lineup and had 20 points and eight assists to lead Rockets past the Bulls.
Yao Ming had 18 points and eight rebounds but sprained his right thumb in the third quarter. X-rays were negative, and Yao retuned in the fourth quarter.
Bonzi Wells scored 20 points for the Rockets, who won for the second time in seven games and snapped a three-game losing streak.
Kirk Hinrich led Chicago with 22 points and Luol Deng added 21 points and seven rebounds.
76ers 99, Grizzlies 97
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Andre Iguodala made a 20-foot jumper as time expired to give Philadelphia the victory over Memphis.
Iguodala, who had 17 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter, converted the winner over Mike Miller from near the top of the key. By the time it went through the net, Iguodala and his teammates were already headed to the locker room after handing Memphis its ninth loss in the last 11.
Andre Miller led Philadelphia with 29 points, connecting on 10 of 18 shots. Kyle Korver scored 14.
Pau Gasol had 31 points and 13 rebounds for Memphis, including eight points in the final 1:18.
Hornets 110, Timberwolves 76
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Chris Paul had 19 points, 15 assists and five steals in only 30 minutes, helping New Orleans beat downtrodden Minnesota.
David West scored 22 points for the Hornets (17-10), who've won two straight overall and four in a row in New Orleans, where they improved to 8-5.
Ryan Gomes scored 20 to lead Minnesota (4-22), which won Friday night but still has yet to win two straight this season and has won only once in its last eight games. Al Jefferson and Gerald Green each scored 11 for the Timberwolves. Jefferson also had 13 rebounds.
Bucks 103, Bobcats 99
MILWAUKE (AP) - Rookie Yi Jianlian scored a season-high 29 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and Michael Redd added 27 points to help Milwaukee outlast road-weary Charlotte.
The game was delayed 15 minutes after the Bobcats needed nearly 11 hours to get to Milwaukee after their flight left Charlotte at 9 a.m. After several diversions and a refueling and food stop, the team finally landed at Midway Airport in Chicago at 4:30 p.m. and bused to the Bradley Center, arriving 60 minutes before the scheduled tip-off.
Jason Richardson scored a season-high 30 points for the Bobcats before fouling out late in the fourth. Emeka Okafor and Raymond Felton scored 17 points apiece, Gerald Wallace added 15 and Nazr Mohammed 14.