Spurs' win over Hawks keeps them close to lead
AP Sunday, January 26, 2014, 12:01 am TWN
ATLANTA--San Antonio stayed within half a game of the NBA Western Conference lead with a superb defensive performance at Atlanta on Friday, limiting the Hawks to their lowest score of the season and winning 105-79.
The Spurs remained right on the tail of Oklahoma City, which overcame the absence of Kevin Durant to beat Boston, while elsewhere the Los Angeles Clippers beat Chicago to widen their Pacific Division lead and Memphis beat Houston by a point.
San Antonio's Tim Duncan had 17 points and 16 rebounds in another dominant performance against Atlanta as the Spurs coasted to a win over the undermanned Hawks.
Duncan, who blocked four shots, and point guard Tony Parker did not need to return after leaving the game with the Spurs leading 77-50 late in the third quarter. Boris Diaw led the Spurs with 21 points.
The Hawks, already without Pero Antic and DeMarre Carroll, lost point guard Jeff Teague to a game-ending ankle sprain in the second period. Paul Millsap's 15 points led Atlanta.
The Los Angeles Clippers beat Chicago for the fourth-straight time, with Blake Griffin's 26 points and 13 rebounds helping to produce a 112-95 win.
Jamal Crawford added 19 points for the Clippers, who had six players score in double figures and shot 54 percent from the field — including 13 for 21 on 3-pointers.
The result, combined with Golden State's loss, moved Los Angeles 3-1/2 games clear atop the Pacific.
Carlos Boozer scored 22 points for the Bulls, who had won their previous three.
Memphis hung on for an 88-87 win over Houston, with the Rockets' Patrick Beverley badly missing a 3-point attempt under heavy pressure.
Courtney Lee scored 19 points and Zach Randolph added 15 for the Grizzlies, who had lost all ten of their previous 10 games against Southwest Division opponents.
The victory ruined a spectacular night for Houston's Chandler Parsons, who had a career-high 34 points and made 10 3-pointers — all in the second half. It is an NBA record for 3s in a half and a franchise record for 3s in a game.
Oklahoma City's NBA scoring leader Kevin Durant missed his first game of the season as the Thunder beat Boston 101-83.
Serge Ibaka scored 21 points for the Thunder, who had their sixth straight victory despite missing both Durant and Russell Westbrook in the same game for the first time since the franchise moved from Seattle in 2008.
Jeff Green scored 16 points for the Celtics, who stayed close until the Thunder pulled away with a 17-2 run in the third quarter.
League leader Indiana beat Sacramento 116-111 in overtime, with Paul George scoring eight of his 36 points in the added period.
Lance Stephenson had 24 points, 10 rebounds and six assists for Indiana, which overcame a 17-point deficit and rallied in the fourth quarter to tie the game, then outscored the Kings 13-8 in overtime.
Marcus Thornton scored 42 points and hit seven 3-pointers for the Kings, who almost pulled off a famous victory in the absence of injured leading scorers DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay.
Minnesota's Kevin Martin hit a step-back jumper with 8.4 seconds left to the Timberwolves to a 121-120 win at Golden State.
Golden State's Harrison Barnes missed an open jumper before the final buzzer sounded.
Martin finished with 26 points despite playing with a cut on his right pinkie, while Kevin Love added 26 points and 14 rebounds for the Timberwolves in a back-and-forth game that featured just about everything — except defense.
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