NBA: Davis has the answer for Spurs
NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Anthony Davis had 22 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks, leading the New Orleans Pelicans to a 97-90 victory over the slumping San Antonio Spurs last night.
The Pelicans earned consecutive wins over the Spurs for the first time in team history. They also won 100-99 in San Antonio on November 8.
Ryan Anderson scored 22 points for New Orleans (15-14), and Jrue Holiday added 15 points and seven assists.
San Antonio has dropped six of seven. They were coming off a 114-106 loss to Oklahoma City on Christmas.
Tim Duncan had 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Spurs (18-13), and Cory Joseph also scored 20 points.
New Orleans scored 20 points off 17 San Antonio turnovers.
Rockets 117, Grizzlies 111 (overtime)
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – James Harden had 32 points and 10 assists for Houston, and Josh Smith scored 21 points in his Rockets debut.
Trevor Ariza had 15 points for the Rockets, who took over the top spot in the Western Conference’s Southwest Division. Dwight Howard had only six points, but connected on all four of his free throws in overtime. He also grabbed 11 rebounds.
Marc Gasol led Memphis with 29 points, and Beno Udrih scored 17. Vince Carter had 10, including a pair of three-pointers in the fourth quarter that fuelled a Memphis rally.
The teams were tied at 104 at the end of regulation after Gasol’s jumper at the end of the fourth bounced away.
Bucks 107, Hawks 77
ATLANTA (AP) – Reserve forward Jared Dudley made all ten shots, including four three-pointers, and scored a season-high 24 points to lead Milwaukee to the road win.
Brandon Knight added 16 points for Milwaukee, which snapped Atlanta’s five-game winning streak.
The Hawks had won 14 of 15 but were routed in front of a rare sell-out crowd at home.
After Dudley made back-to-back three-pointers for a 21-18 Milwaukee lead with 2:51 minutes left in the first quarter, the Bucks led the rest of the way and went ahead by 30 in the final period.
Paul Millsap led the Hawks with 22 points and 11 rebounds.
Cleveland Cavaliers 98, Orlando Magic 89
Oklahoma City Thunder 98, Charlotte Hornets 75
Dallas Mavericks 102, Los Angeles Lakers 98
Detroit Pistons 119, Indiana Pacers 109
Brooklyn Nets 109, Boston Celtics 107