Tony Parker scored 42 points and broke the Spurs’ franchise record for career assists, leading San Antonio to a 107-96 win over the NBA-best Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday.
The Thunder (18-5) narrowly averted their worst loss this season, while the convincing win was just the springboard San Antonio needed before spending the next three weeks on the road — where the Spurs have hardly been as dominant.
All-Star Kevin Durant led Oklahoma City with 22 points and 11 rebounds.
Parker scored a season high and had nine assists. The record-breaker was a dish to Tim Duncan — appropriately enough — in the third quarter that put him past Avery Johnson for the all-time franchise mark.
KINGS 114, WARRIORS 106, OT
In Sacramento, California, Marcus Thornton scored 28 points and Tyreke Evans had 26 points and nine assists to help Sacramento beat Golden State in overtime.
Dorrell Wright scored 24 points for Golden State, which made a season-high 16 three-pointers. Nate Robinson had 20 points, Monta Ellis scored 18, Klay Thompson had 16 and Stephen Curry finished with 11.
DeMarcus Cousins had 21 points and a career-high 20 rebounds, the first 20-20 game for the Kings since Brad Miller did it on Jan. 14, 2009. Jason Thompson added 15 points and 16 rebounds, and John Salmons contributed 15 points.
BULLS 113, BUCKS 90
In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Derrick Rose scored 26 points and had 13 assists, while Luol Deng added 21 points in his return after missing seven games because of injury as Chicago downed Milwaukee.
Playing before a sellout Bradley Center crowd that seemed to be filled with more fans rooting for the Bulls, Deng scored on a layup from Rose just 76 seconds into the game.
The Bucks trailed by 24 at halftime and never threatened in the second half, resting all five starters in the fourth quarter.
Deng was averaging 15.9 points and 7.5 rebounds before tearing a ligament in his left wrist Jan. 21 against Charlotte.
KNICKS 99, NETS 92
In New York, Jeremy Lin scored a career-high 25 points as New York salvaged the finale of a back-to-back-to-back set against New Jersey.
Lin came off the bench to control a struggling offense, adding seven assists while outplaying Nets All-Star point guard Deron Williams.
Amare Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler each added 17 points for the Knicks, who won for just the third time in 14 games. They fell just short in losses to Chicago and Boston over the last two nights before picking up a much-needed victory on Saturday.
Williams had 21 points and 11 assists for the Nets, while Kris Humphries added 20 points and 12 rebounds.
In other NBA play, it was:
‧ Clippers 107, Wizards 81
‧ 76ers 98, Hawks 87
‧ Cavaliers 91, Mavericks 88
‧ Timberwolves 100, Rockets 91
‧ Magic 85, Pacers 81
‧ Pistons 89, Hornets 87
‧ Suns 95, Bobcats 89
‧ Jazz 96, Lakers 87
‧ Trails Blazers 117, Nuggets 97