Spurs win second straight without Popovich
SAN ANTONIO — Tony Parker had 27 points and the San Antonio Spurs held on to beat the Sacramento Kings 112-104 on Friday night —their second straight victory without Gregg Popovich.
Popovich missed his second straight game following a recent undisclosed minor medical procedure. The veteran coach’s status is unknown for the team’s upcoming four-game road trip, which begins Sunday in Boston, but he did visit with the team Friday morning.
Assistant coach Ettore Messina led San Antonio to its sixth straight victory. Messina said everything he is doing has Popovich’s seal of approval.
Kawhi Leonard scored 19 points, Tim Duncan had 18 and Danny Green 11 for San Antonio (11-4).
Darren Collison and Ryan Hollins had 15 points each for Sacramento (9-6) and Ben McLemore had 14 points.
HAWKS 100, PELICANS 91: At Atlanta, Jeff Teague scored 26 points, DeMarre Carroll added 19 and Atlanta held off New Orleans.
Ryan Anderson and Jrue Holiday each had 20 points for New Orleans. The Pelicans couldn’t recover after being held to a season-low 28 first-half points.
THUNDER 105, KNICKS 78: At Oklahoma City, Russell Westbrook scored 32 points in his first game back from a broken right hand, and Oklahoma rolled past New York.
Westbrook was injured in the second game of the season and hadn’t played since. He returned in grand fashion, making 12 of 17 shots, including 3 of 4 3-pointers, and adding eight assists and seven rebounds in just 23 minutes before checking out late in the third quarter because the Thunder were in control.
CLIPPERS 102, ROCKETS 85: At Houston, Blake Griffin had 30 points and 10 rebounds and Jamal Crawford added 21 points to help Los Angeles coast to a win over injury-depleted Houston.
The Rockets were playing their fifth straight game without Dwight Howard (knee strain) and were also missing two other starters.
PACERS 98, MAGIC 83: At Indianapolis, Rodney Stuckey scored a season-high 24 points and David West had 18 points in his first game of the season to lead Indiana to a win over Orlando.
Solomon Hill scored 11 points and Lavoy Allen had 10 points and 14 rebounds as the Pacers (7-9) handed the Magic (6-12) their fourth straight loss.
BUCKS 104, PISTONS 88: At Auburn Hills, Mich., Ersan Ilyasova scored 22 points and Jared Dudley added 16 points as Milwaukee beat slumping Detroit.
Milwaukee didn’t have a single starter score in double figures, but got 69 points off the bench to hand Detroit its seventh straight loss.
WARRIORS 106, HORNETS 101: At Charlotte, N.C., Marreese Speights scored 16 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter, and Golden State Warriors beat Charlotte for their eighth straight win.
Stephen Curry finished with 26 points despite a poor shooting night from 3-point range, and Klay Thompson added 17 points for the Warriors (13-2).
NUGGETS 122, SUNS 97: At Denver, Arron Afflalo led seven Nuggets in double figures with 22 points, and Denver won its fourth straight at home by beating Phoenix.
Timofey Mozgov added 13 points as the Nuggets snapped a five-game losing streak to the Suns, who took the first of their home-and-home series on Wednesday after sweeping four meetings between the teams last season.
MAVERICKS 106, RAPTORS 102: At Toronto, Monta Ellis scored 15 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter, Tyson Chandler had 11 points and 10 rebounds and Dallas won for the eighth time in 10 games, beating Toronto.
Chandler Parsons scored 16 points, Dirk Nowitzki had 15 Al-Farouq Aminu 14 as the Mavericks snapped Toronto’s winning streak at six games.
BULLS 102, CELTICS 102: At Boston, Jimmy Butler hit four free throws late in the game and finished with 22 points, Derrick Rose scored 21 points and Chicago pulled out a win over Boston Celtics.
Pau Gasol had 15 points and 15 rebounds, and Joakim Noah added 15 points with 14 boards for the Bulls, who had lost four of their previous six games. Boston has lost six of seven.
TIMBERWOLVES 120, LAKERS 119: At Los Angeles, rookie guard Zach LaVine scored 18 of his team-high 28 points off the bench in the second quarter, and Mo Williams had 25 points and 11 assists to lead Minnesota over Los Angeles Lakers. Kobe Bryant missed a 3-pointer as time expired that helped seal the win for Minnesota.
LaVine, the 13th overall pick in the draft out of UCLA, played 25 minutes in his Staples Center debut and made 11 of 14 shots. He was the fifth and last player off the Timberwolves bench as they snapped a three-game losing streak.