Tony Parker sprains ankle in Spurs win over Kings
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DeJuan Blair scored 16 points off the bench to pace eight Spurs players in double figures, and host San Antonio overcame the loss of Tony Parker to beat Sacramento, 130-102, Friday.
The Spurs rebounded from their first home loss in 18 games two nights earlier against Phoenix, but it may have been a costly victory. Parker, the Spurs’ leading scorer, went down with a left ankle sprain with 4:40 left in the third quarter after a drive to the basket and scooping bucket. Parker immediately fell to the ground grabbing his leg and was helped off the court and straight to the locker room. He did not return and will miss several games.
Parker finished with 13 points and seven assists. Danny Green had 15 points and Kawhi Leonard and Tiago Splitter each had 14 points, while Manu Ginobili set a team record with 15 assists off the bench.
Marcus Thornton led all scorers with 22 and Isaiah Thomas added 18 for the Kings.
Before Parker’s injury, the Spurs were rolling and methodically pulling away from the Kings with an inside-outside game and complete domination in every aspect. San Antonio kept the Kings on their heels with dazzling ball movement, notching 41 assists on 51 baskets.
Heat 98, Grizzlies 91 — Dwyane Wade scored 22 points and LeBron James shook off his worst shooting night of the season to hit a key 3-pointer in the final half-minute as host Miami extended its winning streak to 13 games.
James scored 18 points on a season-worst 4-of-14 shooting, plus added 10 assists and eight rebounds. Shane Battier scored 14 points, Chris Bosh added 13, and Ray Allen had 10 for Miami, which snapped Memphis’s eight-game winning streak.
Marc Gasol scored 24 points for the Grizzlies, who got 14 points apiece from Zach Randolph and Mike Conley.
Knicks 96, Wizards 88 — Carmelo Anthony scored 30 points, Raymond Felton added 23, J.R. Smith chipped in with 13 points and 12 rebounds, and some strong defense allowed New York to win in Washington.
Rookie Bradley Beal led the Wizards with a career-high 29 points, falling just short of giving the team its first 30-point performance this season. But after his 3-pointer with about four minutes left pulled Washington within 87-86, the Knicks held the Wizards without a field goal the rest of the way.
Nuggets 105, Thunder 103 — Ty Lawson hit a jumper with 0.2 seconds remaining, aiding backup guard Wilson Chandler, who shot 13 of 19 and scored 35 points to outduel Russell Westbrook (38 points) and visiting Oklahoma City.
Mavericks 98, Nets 90 — Dirk Nowitzki and former Nets guard Vince Carter each scored 20 points, and visiting Dallas avoided another late collapse by holding off Brooklyn.
Pacers 93, Raptors 81 — Paul George had 22 points and 10 rebounds, David West had 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Indiana won in Toronto.
Rockets 118, Magic 110 — James Harden had 24 points and Chandler Parsons and Carlos Delfino added 21 apiece as visiting Houston rallied in the fourth quarter to top Orlando and stop a two-game skid.
Clippers 105, Cavaliers 89 — Jamal Crawford scored 24 points, making a pair of 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, and Chris Paul had 15 assists as Los Angeles ran away in the final period for its first win in Cleveland since 2002.
Hornets 100, Pistons 95 — Greivis Vasquez capped a 25-point, nine-assist performance by hitting a running floater off the backboard with 12 seconds left as host New Orleans snapped a two-game skid.
Suns 92, Hawks 87 — Marcus Morris tied his career high with four 3-pointers, in five attempts, and scored 16 points in his fifth game with Phoenix, which won its third straight in defeating visiting Atlanta.
Jazz 98, Bobcats 68 — Enes Kanter had career highs with 23 points and 22 rebounds in a rare start, helping Utah snap a three-game skid by routing Charlotte in Salt Lake City.