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AGE NO LIMIT:Thirty-seven-year-old Tim Duncan sank a last-second shot and took 21 rebounds to see his Spurs side defeat the Hawks. It was their 15th win in 18 games

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Holiday, who sent the game into the first extra five-minute period on a jumper with 3.9 seconds remaining in regulation time, finished with 19 points and 12 assists.

Chicago’s Taj Gibson scored 26 points and contributed 14 rebounds, while Mike Dunleavy netted 23 points for the Bulls.

TRAIL BLAZERS 106, PACERS 102

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 28 points and the Portland Trail Blazers downed Indiana 106-102, snapping the Pacers’ NBA win streak at seven games on Monday despite a career-high 43 points by Paul George.

Damian Lillard added 26 points for Portland and Aldridge contributed 10 rebounds for the Trail Blazers, who matched San Antonio for the best record in the Western Conference at 15-3 with their second win in a row after an 11-game win streak was ended on Wednesday last week against Phoenix.

Indiana, who opened the season with nine wins in a row, fell to an NBA-best 16-2. The only other team in the Eastern Conference with a winning record is defending NBA champions Miami at 14-3.

The Pacers had 16 points and 14 rebounds from Roy Hibbert, 12 points from David West and 11 assists from George Hill, but suffered their first defeat since falling 110-94 to Chicago on November 17.

George had 24 points in the first half, which ended with Indiana ahead 46-45, and he netted 17 points in the fourth quarter, when the Trail Blazers outscored the Pacers 34-30.

JAZZ 109, ROCKETS 103

Marvin Williams scored five points in the final two minutes, and Gordon Hayward broke out of a shooting slump to score 29 points as Utah beat Houston to earn its first back-to-back wins of the season.

With Utah clinging to a 101-98 lead, Williams stole James Harden’s pass and raced down for a dunk with two minutes left. Williams then hit a three-pointer from the top of the key with 59 seconds to go to boost the lead to 108-100.

Rookie Trey Burke posted career highs of 21 points and six assists for Utah, who shot 54 percent and made 10 of 17 from beyond the arc.

Harden had 15 of his season-best 37 points in the fourth quarter to keep the Rockets close, but they did not get enough defensive stops.

Dwight Howard had 15 points as Houston lost for only the second time in their last 10 games.

WIZARDS 98, MAGIC 80

Trevor Ariza scored 24 points and John Wall had 16 points and 13 assists as Washington beat Orlando to get to 0.500 in the standings for the first time since they split their first four games of the 2009 to 2010 season.

Nene scored 14 points and Marcin Gortat finished with 13 for Washington, who are at 9-9.

With top scorer Bradley Beal out of the lineup for the fifth-straight game due to injury, Ariza supplied the offense, hitting 8 of 9 from the field, including four three-pointers.

Arron Afflalo scored 21 points for Orlando, and Victor Oladipo added 13 points and six rebounds.

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