Ginobili's 22 lead Spurs past Bulls 104-96, giving San Antonio 7 straight
AP Thursday, March 13, 2014, 12:10 am TWN
CHICAGO -- Manu Ginobili scored 22 points and Tony Parker had 20 as the league-leading San Antonio Spurs beat the Chicago Bulls 104-96 on Tuesday.
Kawhi Leonard added 16 for San Antonio, which won its seventh straight and 10th in its last 11. The Spurs (47-16) maintained their hold on the NBA's best record, staying ahead of Oklahoma City and Indiana, who both started play Tuesday a half-game behind the Spurs.
D.J. Augustin led the Bulls with 24 points and Jimmy Butler had 23.
Indiana's David West scored 24 points and Andrew Bynum grabbed a season-high 10 rebounds in his Pacers debut in a late 94-83 win over the Boston Celtics.
Indiana (47-17) ended its longest losing streak of the season at four games. Paul George added 12 points as the Pacers extended their Eastern Conference lead to 1 1/2 games over two-time defending champion Miami in the East.
Boston (22-42) was led by Jared Sullinger with 17 points and Kris Humphries with 15 as its two-game winning streak ended.
At Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant scored 42 points to help the Thunder defeat the Houston Rockets 106-98.
Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook scored 24 points and got the best of nemesis Patrick Beverley. During last year's playoffs, Beverley dived for the ball and ran into Westbrook's right knee as a timeout was being called, causing the injury that ended Westbrook's season and cost him about half of this season. It was their first meeting since the incident.
Former Thunder guard James Harden scored 28 points for the Rockets.
The Detroit Pistons beat the Sacramento Kings 99-89 after Josh Smith scored 24 points and Rodney Stuckey added 23.
Andre Drummond added 15 points and eight rebounds for Detroit, outscoring DeMarcus Cousins in a matchup of two of the NBA's top young big men. Cousins had 13 points and 14 rebounds but shot 5 of 15 from the field.
Rudy Gay scored 20 points and Isaiah Thomas added 19 points and eight assists for Sacramento.
In other games, Kevin Love had 27 points, 10 rebounds and six assists to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves past the Milwaukee Bucks 112-101, the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Portland Trail Blazers 109-99 and the Golden State Warriors were 108-85 winners over the Dallas Mavericks.
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