NBA: Spurs lucky to escape with win over the Nuggets


Fri, Mar 29, 2013 - Page 19

Tim Duncan had 23 points and 14 rebounds, as the San Antonio Spurs escaped with a win over the Denver Nuggets when the Nuggets’ veteran guard Andre Miller missed a short jumper at the buzzer.

Danny Green added 20 points, while Tony Parker had 18 points and 11 assists for the Spurs.

Kawhi Leonard chipped in with 11 points and Tiago Spiltter had 10.

JaVale McGee had 21 points and 11 rebounds, while Wilson Chandler scored 15 points and Miller 14 for the Nuggets, whose reserves outscored their Spurs counterparts 59-18.

Kenneth Faried and Danilo Gallinari added 12 points apiece, while Andre Igoudala had 10.


In Houston, Texas, Roy Hibbert scored a season-high 28 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, while Lance Stephenson added a season-high 21 points to lead Indiana to a victory over Houston.

The Pacers never trailed and led by as many as 19 points. Houston made several runs, once cutting the deficit to four, but Indiana answered each time.

The Central Division-leading Pacers were not back to full strength, but got a boost from the return of Stephenson — who missed Indiana’s last game with a strained right-hip flexor — and George Hill, also sidelined with a strained left groin.

James Harden had 22 points and eight assists for the Rockets, whose winning streak was snapped at three games.


In Oklahoma City, Russell Westbrook scored 21 points and Kevin Durant had 20 to help Oklahoma City beat Washington.

Kevin Martin added 18 points for the Thunder.

Washington had won their previous two games against Oklahoma City, winning their only meeting during the lockout-shortened 2011-2012 season, before stunning the Thunder 101-99 in Washington on Jan. 7.

Wall, coming off 47 points in a win over Memphis, had 18 points and 12 assists for Washington, but was three-of-18 from the field.


In New York, J.R. Smith scored 35 points, his second straight 30-point game, while New York withstood a furious rally to beat Memphis.

Carmelo Anthony added 22 points and Iman Shumpert had 16 as the Knicks tied a season-high with their sixth straight win.

The Grizzlies cut their deficit to 103-99 on Tony Allen’s two free throws with 33 seconds left.

However, they got no closer because Raymond Felton, Smith and Anthony scored the game’s next five points at the free-throw line.

Mike Conley led Memphis with 26 points and Jerryd Bayless had 24 points, while Allen had 18 points and 10 rebounds.


In New Orleans, Louisiana, Blake Griffin scored 19 points and Chris Paul added 16 points and nine assists to lead Los Angeles over New Orleans.

Eric Gordon scored 24, while Anthony Davis had 19 points and nine rebounds for New Orleans.

In other play, it was:

‧ Nets 111, Blazers 93

‧ Lakers 120, Timberwolves 117

‧ Hawks 107, Raptors 88

‧ Celtics 93, Cavaliers 92

‧ Kings 105, Warriors 98

‧ 76ers 100, Bucks 92

‧ Jazz 103, Suns 88

‧ Bobcats 114, Magic 108