Austin Daye had 22 points and Tim Duncan added 19 as the San Antonio Spurs earned their 14th straight win with a 113-91 victory on Monday that sent the Philadelphia 76ers to their 25th consecutive loss.
Philadelphia will face Houston tomorrow with the dubious distinction of being a loss shy of tying the NBA record for consecutive losses set by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2010-2011.
Kawhi Leonard and Patty Mills scored 15 points each, while Cory Joseph added 12 for San Antonio, who maintained the league’s best record at 54-16. The Spurs did not play starters Tony Parker, Tiago Splitter and Danny Green, but did not need them against the lowly 76ers.
Thaddeus Young and Michael Carter-Williams each scored 19 points, Byron Mullens added 15 and Elliot Williams had 14 for Philadelphia (15-56).
HEAT 93, TRAIL BLAZERS 91
In Miami, LeBron James scored 32 points, including a layup with 11.4 seconds left, while Chris Bosh capped his 30th birthday by blocking Damian Lillard’s layup in the final moments as the Miami Heat escaped with a win over the Portland Trail Blazers.
Bosh finished with 15 points, while Chris Andersen had 13 points and 11 rebounds for Miami, who won for just the fifth time in 12 games. Mario Chalmers added 11 points for the Heat.
Lillard led the Blazers with 19 points on three-for-15 shooting. Mo Williams scored 17, Wes Matthews had 15, Nicolas Batum 11 and Robin Lopez 10 for Portland, who were down 17 with a little more than 9 minutes remaining.
ROCKETS 100, BOBCATS 89
In Charlotte, North Carolina, James Harden scored 31 points and Dwight Howard had a double-double in his return to the court as the Houston Rockets defeated the Charlotte Bobcats for their fourth straight win.
Harden had 14 points in the pivotal third quarter and finished 11-of-19 from the field. Terrence Jones added 18 points and seven rebounds in the victory.
Howard had missed the previous three games with an ankle injury, but Houston won all three without him by an average of 23 points. He finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Kemba Walker had 22 points, while Al Jefferson had 20 points and 11 rebounds for Charlotte, who lost for only the second time in 11 games at home.
SUNS 102, HAWKS 95
In Atlanta, Georgia, Eric Bledsoe scored 20 points to lead five Phoenix players in double figures as the Suns won their fourth in a row, beating the Atlanta Hawks to pull even with Dallas for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
The Suns buried the Hawks from three-point range, knocking down 12 of 24 beyond the arc. Bledsoe made all three of his long-range attempts, while Channing Frye was four of nine.
In other NBA action, it was:
‧ Bulls 89, Pacers 77
‧ Thunder 117, Nuggets 96
‧ Grizzlies 109, Timberwolves 92
‧ Pelicans 109, Nets 104, OT
‧ Pistons 114, Jazz 94
‧ Clippers 106, Bucks 98