Tony Parker scored 19 points as the San Antonio Spurs won 109-84 on Sunday night, beating the New Orleans Hornets for the second time in a week.
Matt Bonner added 14 points, hitting four of five 3-point attempts as the Spurs improved their NBA-best win-loss record to 17-3 and matched their best start through 20 games since the 2007 to 2008 season.
Chris Paul had 16 points for the Hornets, who have lost four of five and were blown out from the start. They trailed by 38 and lately look nothing like the team that opened with eight straight wins.
However, this win will likely be overshadowed by news on Sunday that Hornets owner George Shinn has agreed to sell the club to the NBA. A person familiar with the decision told reporters the deal could be completed within days.
Pistons 102, Cavaliers 92
In Auburn Hills, Michigan, -Richard Hamilton scored 27 points and Rodney Stuckey added 24 points and 11 assists to help Detroit beat Cleveland.
Both teams came into the game off embarrassing performances.
Cleveland lost its last two games by a combined 62 points, including the highly anticipated return of LeBron James.
Meanwhile, the Pistons were beaten at home by an Orlando team missing Dwight Howard, Jameer Nelson and two other key players because of the flu.
Antawn Jamison led Cleveland with 22 points.
Nuggets 108, Grizzlies 107
In Denver, Colorado, Nene scored 27 points and Arron Afflalo added 25 as Denver held off Memphis to give coach George Karl his 999th NBA victory.
Karl, talking with the Nuggets about an extension through the 2011 to 2012 season, is 999-677 for a winning percentage of .596. Rudy Gay led the Grizzlies with 24 points.
Knicks 116, Raptors 99
In Toronto, Amare Stoudemire had 31 points and a season-high 16 rebounds and Wilson Chandler added 21 points as New York extended its road winning streak to seven.
Landry Fields had 15 points and 10 rebounds and Raymond Felton had 18 points for the Knicks, who matched their longest road winning streak since a seven-game run between Dec. 27, 1994, and Jan. 22, 1995.
Amir Johnson had a season-high 22 points and a a career-high 16 rebounds for Toronto.
Celtics 100, Nets 75
In Newark, New Jersey, Nate -Robinson scored 21 points starting in place of an injured Rajon Rondo, leading Boston to its seventh straight victory.
Rondo was a last-minute scratch because of hamstring and foot injuries.
Jordan Farmar led New Jersey with 16 points.
Suns 125, Wizards 108
In Phoenix, Arizona, Steve Nash was 8 of 8 from the field, made all four of his foul shots, scored 20 points and had a season-high 17 assists to help Phoenix keep Washington winless on the road this season.
Hakim Warrick had a season-high 26 points for the Suns.
Andray Blatche topped the Wizards, 0-10 on the road, with a season-high 24 points.
Thunder 114, Warriors 109
In Oklahoma, Kevin Durant scored 28 points in his first game back from a knee injury and Russell Westbrook added 19 points and 13 assists for Oklahoma City.
Stephen Curry scored a season-high 39 points and ignited the Warriors’ rally from a 21-point deficit to cut it to three in the final minute.
Oklahoma City made its first 29 free throws before Durant and Westbrook missed three in the final two-and-a-half minutes to let Golden State stick around. The Thunder finished 37 for 40 from the foul line.
‘CRIMINAL ACT’: The UCI said it ‘strongly condemns’ Dylan Groenewegen’s ‘dangerous behavior,’ which left Jakobsen in critical condition and injured other cyclists Dutch cyclist Fabio Jakobsen was in a coma on Wednesday, in “serious” condition, after he was thrown into and over a barrier at 80kph in the conclusion to the opening stage of the Tour de Pologne. Footage showed 23-year-old Jakobsen, of the Deceuninck-Quick-Step, racing elbow-to-elbow with fellow Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen of Jumbo-Visma as both men frantically tussled in a tight sprint to the line in Katowice. However, Jakobsen came off worst, somersaulting over the barriers before colliding with a photographer after Groenewegen had veered suddenly to the right, squeezing his rival into the security wall. “His condition is very serious. His life is
Taiwan Steel on Sunday grabbed three points with a narrow 1-0 win against Hang Yuan FC, to move into the No. 2 spot on the Taiwan Football Premier League (TFPL) log, while Taipower FC beat NTUS 2-0 to maintain first place. Taking advantage early in the match of opposition defenders who had not yet settled down, Taiwan Steel’s attacking trio of Wu Chun-ching, Marc Fenelus from the Turks and Caicos Islands, and Benchy Astama from Haiti pushed forward with good passes. After only one minute of play, Fenelus dribbled from the right flank, feeding a short pass inside the penalty area to
STAYING COOL: Hamilton said that his ‘heart nearly stopped’ when he noticed the puncture, but he kept going to beat Alain Prost’s total of six home wins in France Lewis Hamilton said he feared he might not make it home when a last lap puncture almost derailed his charge to a record seventh British Grand Prix victory on Sunday. “I didn’t think I would make it round the last two corners,” the world champion said. The front left tire of his Mercedes had delaminated and deflated on his final lap, leaving the six-time world champion to nurse his vehicle to the finish as second-placed Max Verstappen hunted him down. “I just can’t believe it,” Hamilton said. “It was heart-stopping. I backed off and stayed chilled and was so glad it happened on
The Chicago Blackhawks and the Montreal Canadiens, with the fewest wins of any NHL playoff teams, ignited the rink returning from a COVID-19 hiatus with upset triumphs in Saturday openers. NHL Rookie of the Year candidate Dominik Kubalik inspired the Blackhawks to a 6-4 victory over the Edmonton Oilers in game one of their best-of-five qualifying series at Edmonton, Alberta, scoring two goals and assisting on three others. “We were ready to go, and I think the game was pretty good,” Kubalik said. “I felt pretty good and everything went my way, so it’s nice, but it’s just the first game,