Rockets hold on to hand Spurs 1st home loss
December 2, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
SAN ANTONIO -- James Harden scored 31 points, Chandler Parsons had 25, and the Houston Rockets overcame a furious second-half rally to beat San Antonio 112-106 on Saturday night, handing the Spurs their first home defeat.
Dwight Howard had 13 points and 11 rebounds, Terrence Jones added 10 points and 16 boards, and Patrick Beverly had 11 points for Houston (13-5).
Tony Parker had 27 points, Tim Duncan added 20 and Marco Belinelli scored 18 for San Antonio (14-3), which has lost two of three.
San Antonio outscored Houston 39-26 to open the second half, with Belinelli scoring 13 points after halftime to set up a furious finish.
Timberwolves 112, Mavericks 106 Kevin Martin had 27 points with some key baskets late, Kevin Love had his usual double-double and the Timberwolves snapped a three-game losing streak with a victory at Dallas.
Martin made two free throws with just under 6 minutes left to put Minnesota up 94-90. Ricky Rubio then had a steal that led to a long fast-break jumper by Martin, who later beat the shot clock with a jumper and then added a 3-pointer. That stretched the lead to 103-92, matching its largest, with 3:12 left.
Love finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds. All five starters scored in double figures for Minnesota, which had lost five of its previous six games.
Monta Ellis scored 26 points and Dirk Nowitzki had 23 for Dallas.
Wizards 108, Hawks 101 John Wall had 26 points and 12 assists, Trevor Ariza scored 24 points and made five 3-pointers, and the Wizards beat the Hawks.
The Wizards have won six of their last eight, and have won eight games in November for the first time since 1984.
Martell Webster added 19 points for Washington and also had five 3-pointers. Nene, who returned after missing Friday's game at Indiana with a right Achilles tendon injury, had 13 points and 12 rebounds.
Paul Millsap had 23 points and 10 rebounds for Atlanta, which cut an 18-point, third-quarter deficit to 81-79 with 9:42 left, but could not get closer.
Cavaliers 97, Bulls 93 Andrew Bynum and Dion Waiters each scored 20 points, and the Cavaliers held off a late rally by the Bulls.
Cleveland, which had lost five straight and eight of nine, built a 12-point lead in fourth quarter, but the Bulls rallied for an 88-87 edge on Tony Snell's basket with 3:59 remaining.
Bynum's jumper put Cleveland ahead again with 3:35 left, and Kyrie Irving scored after stealing the ball from Kirk Hinrich. Waiters converted another turnover into a layup to put the Cavaliers ahead 93-88 with 2:09 to play.
Omri Casspi #18 of the Houston Rockets shoots against Patty Mills #8 of the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas on Saturday, Nov. 30. (AFP)