Duncan lifts Spurs over Hawks; Pelicans, Blazers, Jazz, Wizards win.
Duncan finished with 23 points and 21 rebounds as San Antonio dominated the middle against the younger and more athletic Atlanta front court. Boris Diaw had 16 points and Tiago Splitter finished with 11.
Atlanta had all five starters score in double figures. Jeff Teague had 19 points, Al Horford added 18 and DeMarre Carroll finished with 17.
The Hawks trailed 98-94 when Paul Millsap made a 3-pointer over Diaw with 17.5 seconds remaining. Manu Ginobili then made a pair of free throws for the Spurs, but Teague drained a 3 over Kawhi Leonard to tie it at 100 with 4.7 seconds left.
Curling off a pick, Duncan drained a jumper near the free-throw line to put San Antonio ahead to stay. Millsap's desperation jumper hit the side of the backboard. Tony Parker added 15 points for the Spurs. Marco Belinelli had 13 and Ginobili finished with 10.
ELICANS 131, BULLS 128, 3OT CHICAGO - Jrue Holiday made a three-point play with 2.6 seconds remaining in the third overtime Monday night, giving New Orleans the victory over Chicago.
Holiday had 19 points and 12 assists for the Pelicans. He made an 18-footer with 3.9 seconds remaining in regulation to tie the score at 103 and force overtime.
Ryan Anderson had a career-high 36 points on 12-of-20 shooting, including 7 for 11 on 3-pointers. Eric Gordon added 23 points for New Orleans. Luol Deng led the Bulls with 37 points and also had eight rebounds and seven assists.
TRAIL BLAZERS 106, PACERS 102 PORTLAND, Oregon - LaMarcus Aldridge had 28 points and 10 rebounds and Damian Lillard finished with 26 points to help Portland end Indiana's seven-game winning streak.
Paul George had a career-high 43 points for Pacers (16-2), who own the NBA's best record. The Blazers pulled in front until early in the fourth quarter but the Pacers kept it close, and George hit consecutive 3-pointers that narrowed it to 98-96 with 1:37 left. Lillard answered with a 3-pointer and Nicolas Batum made a pair of free throws for the Blazers before George hit another 3-pointer that got Indiana within 103-99 with 21 seconds to go.
Lillard hit free throws and George made yet another 3 with 10 seconds to go to make it 105-102, but the Pacers couldn't get closer.
The Blazers have won 13 of their last 14 games. JAZZ 109, ROCKETS 103 SALT LAKE CITY - 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 2 minutes left. Williams then hit a 3-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, which 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 couldn't get enough defensive stops. Dwight Howard had 15 points as Houston lost for only the second time in its last 10 games.
WIZARDS 98, MAGIC 80 WASHINGTON - Trevor Ariza scored 24 points and John Wall had 16 points and 13 assists as Washington beat Orlando to get to .500 in the standings for the first time since it split its first four games of the 2009-10 season.
Nene scored 14 points and Marcin Gortat finished with 13 for Washington (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 3-pointers. Arron Afflalo scored 21 points for Orlando, and Victor Oladipo added 13 points and six rebounds.
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|Publication:||Philippines Daily Inquirer (Makati City, Philippines)|
|Date:||Dec 3, 2013|
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