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  • Mills, Spurs outlast Clippers

  • LOS ANGELES — Patty Mills scored 16 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, Tim Duncan had 19 points and 13 rebounds during a foul-plagued 38 minutes, and the San Antonio Spurs charged out of the All-Star break with a 113-103 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night.
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  • LOS ANGELES — Patty Mills scored 16 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, Tim Duncan had 19 points and 13 rebounds during a foul-plagued 38 minutes, and the San Antonio Spurs charged out of the All-Star break with a 113-103 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night.
    The Spurs played without six-time All-Star Tony Parker, whom coach Gregg Popovich said would be sidelined "for the foreseeable future" because of numerous aches and pains — including a bruised shin, a groin strain and lower back spasms.
    The 13-year veteran point guard, who played 11 minutes in Sunday's All-Star game, is the Spurs' leading scorer and their only player averaging at least 30 minutes.
    Blake Griffin had 35 points and 12 rebounds, Jamal Crawford scored 25 and DeAndre Jordan grabbed 18 rebounds for the Clippers, who ended a run of five consecutive home games that began with a four-point loss to two-time defending champion Miami.
    Small forward J.J. Redick missed his fifth straight game with a sore right hip.
    Corey Joseph started for the 13th time this season and had seven points in Parker's place. Backup shooting guard Manu Ginobili returned to the lineup and had nine points in 14 minutes after missing eight games since Jan. 28 because of tightness in his left hamstring. But center Tiago Splitter was sidelined for the fourth straight game with a bruised right shin, and forward Kawhi Leonard missed his 12th in a row due to a broken bone in his right hand.
    All those injuries have presented a stiff challenge for the Southwest Division leaders, who are 8-7 since a five-game winning streak last month. They lead the Clippers by three games for the second-best record in the Western Conference.
    San Antonio has two games left on its nine-game rodeo road trip.
    Heat 117, Mavericks 106
    At Dallas, LeBron James scored a season-high 42 points and the Miami Heat tuned up for a showdown with Oklahoma City by beating the Dallas Mavericks.
    James, who had his first 40-point game of the season, scored the first eight points and 10 overall in a 14-0 run that put the Heat up 106-95 after they trailed by one entering the fourth quarter.
    Miami came out of the All-Star break by winning for the sixth time in seven games heading into James' duel with Kevin Durant on Thursday night in Oklahoma City.
    Pacers 108, Hawks 98
    At Indianapolis, Paul George scored 26 points, including four 3-pointers, to lead Indiana over Atlanta.
    David West had 17 points and Lance Stephenson added 13 to help the Pacers beat the Hawks for the second time in three meetings this season.
    Grizzlies 98, Knicks 93
    At Memphis, Tenn., Mike Conley scored 22 points in his return after missing seven games with an ankle injury, Mike Miller added a season-high 19 and Memphis weathered New York's second-half rally.
    Miller shot 7 for 11 from the field, including 5 of 7 on 3-pointers, to help Memphis win its third straight. His 3 with 45.9 seconds remaining gave the Grizzlies the lead for good as they scored the game's final seven points.
    Suns 112, Nuggets 107, OT
    At Denver, Gerald Green scored a career-high 36 points, including eight in overtime, and Phoenix handed Denver its fifth consecutive loss.
    Goran Dragic added 21 points and 14 assists for the Suns, who completed a four-game season sweep of the Nuggets, their first in nine years.
    Cavaliers 114, 76ers 85
    At Philadelphia, Tyler Zeller scored a season-high 18 points and grabbed a career-best 15 rebounds, Kyrie Irving added 14 points and Cleveland pushed its winning streak to five games with a blowout of skidding Philadelphia.
    Irving, selected MVP of the NBA All-Star game on Sunday with 31 points and 14 assists, played only 23 minutes in this rout.
    Raptors 103, Wizards 93
    At Washington, Kyle Lowry had 24 points and 10 assists, and Toronto broke open a close game in the third quarter before holding off Washington.
    Five Raptors joined Lowry in double figures, including Amir Johnson, who returned after missing two games with a sore right ankle. He scored 14 points.
    Bobcats 108, Pistons 96
    At Auburn Hills, Mich., Al Jefferson had 32 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists to lead Charlotte over Detroit.
    Kemba Walker scored 22 points and Josh McRoberts added 14 points and 10 rebounds to help the Bobcats extend their lead over the Pistons to 11/2; games for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Jefferson reached 30 points for the sixth time in nine games.
    Bucks 104, Magic 100
    At Milwaukee, Brandon Knight overcame a bizarre foot injury, scoring 18 points and making two free throws with 5.5 seconds left to seal Milwaukee's victory over Orlando.
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