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ATLANTA---Tiago Splitter scored a season-high 23
points, Kawhi Leonard added 20 points and the San
Antonio Spurs won their third straight game. Spurs
beat Atlanta Hawks, 114-95.
Paul Millsap finished with 22 points and Dennis
Schroder had 18 points for Eastern Conference-leading
Atlanta, which dropped its third in a row.
Boris Diaw scored 15 of his 17 points in the fourth
quarter, and Danny Green added 15 for San Antonio,
which never trailed and took its biggest lead at 26 early
in the third.
The Spurs, playing their fourth straight game with
key reserve Manu Ginobili nursing a sprained right ankle,
contested nearly every Hawks shot and pass, but no
Atlanta player looked more flustered than 12th-year
guard Kyle Korver.
CLIPPERS 107, PELICANS 100
LOS ANGELES---Blake Griffin scored 23 points, Chris
Paul had 23 points and 11 assists, and the Los Angeles
Clippers put a crimp in the New Orleans Pelicans
playoff hopes with a 107-100 victory on Sunday.
JJ Redick scored 20 points and DeAndre Jordan finished
with 16 rebounds and 12 points, helping the Clippers
win their fourth in a row. They converted 18 Pelicans
turnovers into 30 points and had a 25-6 advantage on
Anthony Davis led New Orleans with 26 points and
12 rebounds in 39 minutes after missing two games with
a sprained left ankle. Tyreke Evans was sidelined because
of the same injury and was replaced in the starting
lineup by Norris Cole, who had 12 points before fouling
out in the final minutes.
THUNDER 93, HEAT 75
OKLAHOMA CITY---Russell Westbrook had 12 points,
10 rebounds and 17 assists for his 10th triple-double
of the season to lead Oklahoma City.
Enes Kanter had 27 points and 12 rebounds for the
Thunder, who have won three in a row. Rookie Mitch
McGary scored 14 points, and Anthony Morrow had 12.
Kanter was expected to miss his second straight game
with an ankle injury. But he was cleared to play after
morning shootaround, and then got off to a fast start
with 15 points in the first quarter.
The Heat had five players score in double figures.
Hassan Whiteside had 13 points, all in the first half, and
Goran Dragic, Dwyane Wade and Mario Chalmers each
CAVALIERS 108, BUCKS 90
MILWAUKEE---LeBron James scored 28 points and
sparked a key second-half run with an emphatic dunk
to lead the Cavaliers.
JR Smith added 23 points for Cleveland, which has
won three in a row. Smith made three straight 3s to
close out the Cavs decisive run that turned a six-point
deficit into a 93-78 lead with 6:19 left in the game.
Milwaukee has dropped six in a row.
Giannis Antetokounmpo had 15 points and nine
rebounds for the Bucks. The lanky forward muscled his
way to the bucket against James early in the game to
help Milwaukee build an 11-point lead.
James had his way late. His dunk off an offensive
rebound got the Cavs going. He finished 10 of 17 from
the field and grabbed 10 boards.
RAPTORS 106, KNICKS 89
TORONTO---DeMar DeRozan scored 23 points, Tyler
Hansbrough added a season-high 18 and the Toronto
Raptors won for the third time in
Jonas Valanciunas had 17 points and 10 rebounds,
Lou Williams scored 13 and Greivis Vasquez had 12.
Lance Thomas scored 24
points and former Raptor
Andrea Bargnani had 16 for
the Knicks, who dropped
their third straight and lost
for the 10th time in 12
Toronto point guard Kyle
Lowry, who dressed but did
not play in Friday s loss at
Chicago, was inactive
because of a sore back suf-
fered in a fall against Min-
nesota last Wednesday.
Vasquez made his second
straight start in Lowry s
New York guard Alexey
Shved, who came in aver-
aging 22.0 points in his previous three games, suffered
bruised ribs in a collision with Toronto s James Johnson
in the first half and was unable to return. Shane Larkin
replaced Shved to start the third quarter. Shved finished
with nine points in 17 minutes.
The Knicks also lost rookie Travis Wear to a sore back
in the fourth.
Spurs win 114-95
at faltering Hawks
Blake Griffin during
the second half of an
game, Sunday night
in Los Angeles. The
Clippers won 107-
100. AP PHOTO
Celtics 97, OT
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