Leonard, Aldridge power San Antonio
SAN ANTONIO — Kawhi Leonard had 29 points and LaMarcus Aldridge had 26 points and 10 rebounds and the San Antonio Spurs won their 31st straight at home to open the season by upending the short-handed Chicago Bulls 109-101 on Thursday night.
Tony Parker added 20 points and had 12 assists for San Antonio, which has won 40 straight at home going back to last season.
The Spurs are off to their best start after 65 games at 55-10.
Derrick Rose and Pau Gasol had 21 points each for the Bulls. E'Twaun Moore had 20 points, going 4 for 5 on 3-pointers.
Chicago was without Jimmy Butler, Joakim Noah and Cameron Bairstow, who were not with the team because of injuries.
Leonard defended Rose early, resulting in Chicago's point guard throwing up a couple of shots wildly while shooting 2 for 7 during the first quarter.
Rose was 6 for 12 from the field in the second half, scoring 13 points with Leonard primarily defending Chicago's other wings.
The Bulls finished with 21 turnovers.
Newly signed Kevin Martin had a point in eight minutes for San Antonio.
CAVALIERS 120, LAKERS 108: At Los Angeles, LeBron James scored 24 points while sharing a court with Kobe Bryant for the final time, leading Cleveland. Bryant had 26 points on 11-of-16 shooting in an entertaining farewell duel between two of the greatest players in NBA history. Bryant, who will retire after the season, ignored his constantly sore right shoulder to make sure he didn't miss his 22nd meeting with James on an NBA court.
RAPTORS 104, HAWKS 96: At Toronto, DeMar DeRozan had 30 points and five rebounds to help Toronto beat Atlanta. Toronto turned the ball over nine times before the game was 13 minutes old, but did a much better job of holding onto it the rest of the way in winning its second straight and 14th of 15 at home. Kyle Lowry had 19 points and seven assists for the Raptors, and Luis Scola had 10 points and 12 rebounds.
NUGGETS 116, SUNS 98: At Denver, Emmanuel Mudiay scored a career-high 30 points in a matchup of rookie guards and Denver beat Phoenix for its third straight victory. Nikola Jokic added 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Will Barton had 17 points and eight rebounds. Phoenix rookie Devin Booker had a career-high 35 points in the loss. Booker scored 25 points in the second half when the Suns made a run to briefly lead.