Spurs dig into the Heat with an emotional 111-87 victory
March 8, 2014, 12:00 am TWN
SAN ANTONIO -- Tim Duncan had 23 points and 11 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs never trailed against the Miami Heat, weathering a sluggish third quarter for an intense and emotional 111-87 victory Thursday.
Tony Parker scored 17 points, including 14 in a wild first half, Boris Diaw added 16 and Kawhi Leonard had 11 for San Antonio, which has won five straight.
Chris Bosh had 24 points, LeBron James added 19, Dwyane Wade had 16 and Michael Beasley 11 for Miami.
James, who ditched the protective mask he was wearing early in the first half, was hounded by Leonard into shooting 6 for 18.
Suns 128, Thunder 122 Gerald Green scored 25 of his career-high 41 points in the third quarter and the Suns erased a 16-point deficit.
Markieff Morris added 24 points, including two free throws with 24.4 seconds to play. Goran Dragic scored 22, including six of the Suns' final 12 points after Oklahoma City led 118-116.
Russell Westbrook scored a season-high 36 for the Thunder. Kevin Durant added 34.
Green's outburst fell one point shy of a Suns record for most points in a quarter set by Stephon Marbury in 2002.
It was Phoenix's second 40-point performance in four games. Dragic had 40 against New Orleans on Friday.
Clippers 142, Lakers 94 Blake Griffin had 20 points and 11 rebounds during three thunderous quarters by the Clippers, who routed the Lakers to extend their winning streak to a season-best six games.
Darren Collison had a team-high 24 points while starting at shooting guard for the injured Jamal Crawford. Chris Paul added 13 points and 11 assists for the Clippers, who apparently are trying to make up for decades of humiliation at the hands of the Lakers all in one season; they've won the last two meetings by a combined 84 points.
This was the Clippers' largest victory margin over their longtime tormentors, and their sixth victory in the last seven meetings — including a four-game sweep last season.
The last time the teams met on Jan. 10, the Clips won 123-87.
Blake Griffin #32, of the Los Angeles Clippers, dunks against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on Thursday, March 6. (AP)