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Clippers beat Spurs on Tony Parker return


Tony Parker scored 26 points in his return from a five-game absence, igniting the San Antonio Spurs to a season-high 37 assists and a 125-118 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night.

San Antonio shot a season-high 64 percent from the field in snapping a four-game skid.

Tim Duncan had 21 points and 12 rebounds, Boris Diaw scored 23 points and Manu Ginobili had 19 points and 10 assists for the Spurs (18-11), who had lost three straight home games in overtime.

Chris Paul had 25 points and nine assists, Blake Griffin added 22 points and J.J. Redick had 21 for the Clippers (19-9), who have lost four straight to San Antonio.

Parker showed no lingering effects from a strained left hamstring that kept him out of eight of the past nine games.


In Chicago, Illinois, Derrick Rose scored 29 points, while Jimmy Butler added 27 points and 11 rebounds as Chicago snapped Toronto’s six-game winning streak.

Rose scored 15 of the Bulls’ franchise-record 49 points in the fourth quarter.

Chicago, who have won three straight, got Rose and Taj Gibson back after each missed two games. Rose was ill and Gibson was out with an ankle injury.

Kyle Lowry scored 34 points and Jonas Valanciunas finished with 20 for Toronto, who led by 12 in the third quarter. Lowry scored 18 points in the fourth.


In Houston, Texas, James Harden scored a season-high 44 points to help Houston cruise past Portland and snap a two-game skid.

The Trail Blazers were without leading scorer and rebounder LaMarcus Aldridge, who missed the game with an upper-respiratory illness, and had their five-game winning streak snapped.

Harden had 31 in the first half to help the Rockets erase an early eight-point deficit and take a 20-point halftime lead. It was Harden’s NBA-leading third 40-point game this season, with all of them coming this month.

Damian Lillard led Portland with 18 points and CJ McCollum added 17.


In Charlotte, North Carolina, Al Jefferson scored 22 points, while Kemba Walker added 18 points and nine assists as Charlotte extended their winning streak to a season-high three games.

Rookie P.J. Hairston recorded his first career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Jefferson and Walker combined to shoot 15 of 25 from the field and did not play in the fourth quarter, with the game well in hand.

In other NBA action, it was:

‧ Hawks 105, Mavericks 102

‧ Jazz 97, Grizzlies 91

‧ Warriors 128, Kings 108

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