Spurs ground Lin, Rockets

HOUSTON — Tony Parker was happy about getting his first career triple-double on Monday night.

When it became clear that the performance was going to help the San Antonio Spurs win, the 12-year veteran could enjoy it so much more.

Gary Neal scored a career-best 29 points and Parker had 27 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists to lead the Spurs over the Houston Rockets 134-126 in overtime.

"I was like: 'Man if we lose, nobody is going to care,'" Parker said with a laugh about his triple-double. "Now that we won the game it makes it even better, because at the end of the day people only care about wins."

Parker's outing complemented Neal's 7-of-10 performance from 3-point range.

Parker's teammates had fun with him after the game, with a couple of them bellowing "Mr. Triple-double" as he entered the locker room, eliciting a sheepish grin and a shake of the head from him.

"All night long, he kept us in the game," Spurs coach Gregg Poppovich said of Parker. "With his play on both ends of the floor, he was magnificent."

Jeremy Lin had his best game since joining the Rockets, scoring a career high-tying 38 points with leading scorer James Harden sidelined by a sprained right ankle. It was just the second time he'd scored more than 20 points since coming to Houston.

Heat 101, Hawks 92

At Miami, LeBron James scored 27 points, Dwyane Wade had 26 and Miami pulled away in the second half to beat Atlanta.

James (10-16) and Wade (11-13) made 21 of 29 shots for Miami, which shot 58 percent overall to improve to 10-1 at home this season. Chris Bosh had 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Norris Cole scored 10 for the Heat, who handed the Hawks only their second loss in 11 games.

Josh Smith scored 22 points and Al Horford finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds for Atlanta, which briefly held the lead midway through the third quarter before the Heat got rolling and moved 11/2; games ahead of the Hawks in the Southeast Division.

Atlanta is 0-2 against Miami this season and 1-7 since March 2011.

Warriors 104, Bobcats 96

At Charlotte, N.C., Stephen Curry put on a show for his hometown fans, finishing with 27 points, seven assists and seven rebounds to lead Golden State over Charlotte.

Curry, who grew up in Charlotte and made a name for himself leading nearby Davidson College to the brink of the Final Four in 2008, shot 10 of 22 from the field and hit four 3-pointers. It was his eighth straight 20-point game, a career best.

Mavericks 119, Kings 96

At Dallas, O.J. Mayo scored 19 points and Dallas took control with 31-3 run in the first half to win its 17th straight regular-season home game against Sacramento.

Chris Kaman, playing on a sprained left ankle he suffered last week, scored 16 of his 18 points in the first half for Dallas.

Francisco Garcia, who was 7 of 12 from 3-point range, and DeMarcus Cousins scored 25 points apiece for the Kings, who haven't won in Dallas during the regular season since Feb. 27, 2003.

76ers 104, Pistons 97

At Philadelphia, Evan Turner had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Jrue Holiday scored 25 points to lead Philadelphia past Detroit.

Thaddeus Young added 20 points and Spencer Hawes 15 for the Sixers.

Greg Monroe missed a tip with less than a minute left that came back to haunt Detroit. Holiday sank a 19-footer for a 100-95 lead and the Sixers stretched the lead from the free-throw line.


Reader Reaction
We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Rules. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or fill out this form. New comments are only accepted for two weeks from the date of publication.
COUPON OF THE WEEK