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NBA: Spurs too good for Paul and Hornets

SAFE AT HOME In Milwaukee, the Hawks’ Joe Johnson passed the 10,000-point mark, but it wasn’t enough to snap the Bucks’ four-game streak over Atlanta at home


The New York Knicks’ David Lee, right, is hit in the face by the Indiana Pacers’ Jeff Foster during their game in Indianapolis, Indiana, on Saturday.


Tony Parker prevailed in a clash of NBA All-Star point guards, scoring 25 points and stretching San Antonio’s divisional lead over Chris Paul and the New Orleans Hornets in Saturday’s 106-93 win.

Paul, who scored 38, will start ahead of Parker for the Western Conference at the All-Star game in two weeks, and he had the kind of game that showed why.

But the Spurs pushed their lead over the Hornets in the Southwest Division to three games.


In Portland, Oregon, Brandon Roy scored 30 points to help defeat Utah and give Portland a fourth straight victory.

Roy, selected as a reserve for the Western Conference All-Star team on Thursday, shot 11-for-19 from the field while reaching 30 points for the seventh time this season.

Portland moved within one-and-a-half games of Northwest Division leader Denver.


In Miami, Dallas stretched its dominance over Miami to a ninth consecutive regular-season win, using radar-like shooting.

The Mavericks sank a season-best 60 percent of their shots, with Dirk Nowitzki leading the way, getting 30 points from 12-for-14 shooting.

Jason Terry scored 20 and Jason Kidd finished with 11 assists for Dallas, which hasn’t lost to Miami in the regular season since early 2004.

The loss tarnished a night in which Dwyane Wade (30 points), Tim Hardaway and Alonzo Mourning were honored for winning Olympic gold.

BUCKS 110, HAWKS 107

In Milwaukee, the hosts made it four straight home victories over Atlanta.

Charlie Villanueva scored 27 points and Richard Jefferson and Ramon Sessions each had 20 for the Bucks.

Atlanta’s Joe Johnson, picked as a reserve to the Eastern Conference All-Star team for the third consecutive season, passed the 10,000-point mark in his career.


In Memphis, Tennessee, the Grizzlies crashed to their 12th straight loss, beaten comfortably by Los Angeles.

BULLS 122, SUNS 111

In Phoenix, Chicago notched a third successive win, sinking Phoenix.

NETS 85, 76ERS 83

In Philadelphia, New Jersey capitalized on the Nets’ fourth-quarter collapse to take a narrow win.

The Sixers led by 12 early in the fourth, then went the final 10 minutes without a basket. They missed their last 18 shots and finished the fourth quarter 2-for-22.


In Houston, Yao Ming had 25 points and 11 rebounds to lead Houston over Golden State.

Ron Artest scored 27 as the Rockets made up for the absence of an injured Tracy McGrady.

The Warriors, who’ve lost nine of their last 10 road games, missed six of their first eight shots in the final quarter to blow their chances of getting back into the contest.


In Indianapolis, New York made it six wins from seven starts by defeating Indiana.

Al Harrington had 31 points and David Lee added 23 points and 17 rebounds for the Knicks, who moved within two games of matching last season’s meager wins tally.

Indiana had its seven-game home winning streak snapped.


In Washington, the home team downed Los Angeles in a meeting of two struggling teams that lived down expectations.

Antawn Jamison had 25 points and 12 rebounds, Nick Young added 22 and rookie JaVale McGee tied his career high with 18.

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