Spurs continue perfection at home
SAN ANTONIO — Kawhi Leonard had 19 points and 12 rebounds and the San Antonio Spurs held off Kristaps Porzingis and the New York Knicks 100-99 on Friday night to remain undefeated at home.
San Antonio won its franchise-record 22nd straight home game to open the season and is tied for the franchise's best start after 38 games at 32-6. This was its most difficult home victory yet, though.
Porzingis had 28 points and 11 rebounds but was on the bench when the Knicks started a 14-4 run to pull within 96-94 with 1:27 remaining.
Jose Calderon missed a contested 3-pointer from the left corner for New York that would have won it.
THUNDER 117, LAKERS 113: At Los Angeles, Russell Westbrook had 36 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists, and Oklahoma City barely survived Lou Williams' 44-point performance. Kevin Durant scored 24 points in the Thunder's 15th victory in 18 games and their seventh straight win over the lowly Lakers. Williams scored 23 of his career-high output in the fourth quarter.
CAVALIERS 125, TIMBERWOLVES 99: At Minneapolis, J.R. Smith scored a season-high 27 points and Kevin Love had 20 points, nine rebounds and four assists in his return to Minnesota to help Cleveland to its sixth straight win. LeBron James added 13 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists. Andrew Wiggins scored 35 points for the Timberwolves.
BUCKS 96, MAVERICKS 95: At Milwaukee, Khris Middleton's driving layup with less than 10 seconds to play carried Milwaukee over Dallas. Middleton scored 27 points, John Henson 16 and Michael Carter-Williams added 15 points and a season-high 12 rebounds as Milwaukee snapped Dallas' six-game winning streak against them.
HEAT 103, SUNS 95: At Phoenix, Dwyane Wade scored 27 points and Miami beat Phoenix for the 11th straight time. Former Suns guard Goran Dragic added 22 points and Gerald Green, also a former Sun, had 21. They were returning to Phoenix for the first time as opposing players. Brandon Knight scored 26 points in the Suns' 10th loss in 11 games.
GRIZZLIES 91, NUGGETS 84: At Memphis, Tenn., Zach Randolph scored 16 of his 24 points in the second half and Mario Chalmers made a pair of 3-pointers in the final 1:30 to lead Memphis over Denver. Chalmers scored 12 points in the game, with eight in the last 90 seconds to keep the Nuggets at bay.
PACERS 91, PELICANS 86: At New Orleans, Ian Mahinmi had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Indiana beat a reeling New Orleans team that lost Anthony Davis to a lower back bruise early in the game. Davis was hurt diving into the stands to stop a ball from going out of bounds on the defensive end. He went to the locker room soon after and never returned.
RAPTORS 97, WIZARDS 88: At Washington, DeMar DeRozan scored 21 of his season-high 35 points in the second half, Kyle Lowry had 21 points and 10 assists, and Toronto beat Washington. The Raptors overcame a season-high 23 turnovers, taking control with an 18-4 run that gave them a 69-59 lead with 2:40 to play in the third quarter.
MAGIC 83, NETS 77: At New York, Victor Oladipo and Nikola Vucevic each scored 20 points to lead Orlando over Brooklyn, which has lost nine straight home games. Aaron Gordon added 14 points and Evan Fournier had 13 for the Magic, who snapped a four-game losing streak. Brook Lopez led the Nets with 17 points. Joe Johnson finished with 13.