Tony Parker had 24 points and 10 assists to help the Spurs to their 11th straight win with a 106-97 victory over the Orlando Magic last night in San Antonio.
Manu Ginobili had 25 points for the Spurs, who faced their stiffest test yet put prevailed late for an NBA-best record of 12-1.
“The first five, six games were not against great teams,’’ Ginobili said. “But now we’ve beat Utah, Phoenix, and now Orlando at home, which is always a tough matchup for us.’’
Dwight Howard had 26 points and 18 rebounds for the East-leading Magic, whose own winning streak ended at four. Jameer Nelson added 15 points for Orlando.
The winning streak is the longest in nearly three years for the Spurs, who are off to the best start in franchise history.
Tim Duncan added 15 points and George Hill had 10 for San Antonio.
Pacers 93, Heat 77 — Danny Granger had 20 points and 10 rebounds, Brandon Rush added 20 points, and visiting Indiana beat Miami on the worst shooting night of Dwyane Wade’s career.
Wade finished with 3 points on 1-for-13 shooting. He had never shot so poorly when taking at least 13 tries, and the point total was the third-lowest of his career. He has been held scoreless twice.
LeBron James scored 25 points and Chris Bosh had 21 points and 11 rebounds for Miami.
Thunder 117, Timberwolves 107 — Kevin Durant and Jeff Green returned from injuries and powered host Oklahoma City to its fifth consecutive victory.
Durant scored 28 points and Green had 24, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 54.7 seconds left.
Kevin Love had 24 points and 17 rebounds for Minnesota (4-11), which has lost four of five.
Suns 123, Rockets 116 — Steve Nash had 24 points and nine assists to help Phoenix snap a three-game losing streak with a win over host Houston.
Nash played 37 minutes, showing no lingering effects from the groin injury that sidelined him for the Suns’ previous two games.
Kevin Martin scored 19 to lead the Rockets, who’ve lost four in a row.
Clippers 99, Hornets 95 — Eric Gordon scored 27 points, including a pair of clinching free throws with 4.7 seconds left, and Blake Griffin added 24 points and 13 rebounds to help host Los Angeles beat New Orleans.
Nuggets 106, Warriors 89 — Carmelo Anthony scored a season-high 39 points, Al Harrington added 19 against his former team, and Denver beat Golden State to snap a four-game road losing streak.
Jazz 94, Kings 83 — C.J. Miles scored 20 points and Al Jefferson added 19 to help host Utah beat Sacramento.