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San Antonio extended its perfect
home record and notched the second-
best season start in franchise history
when it beat Indiana 106-92 on Mon-
The Spurs are 16-0 at home and 21
of their 24 wins this season have been
by double figures.
They moved eight games clear atop
the Southwest Division while Northwest
leader Oklahoma City retained its six-
game break by edging the Los Angeles
Clippers thanks to a couple of big plays
by Kevin Durant in the closing sec-
Also Monday, Houston squandered
a big lead in the fourth quarter before
recovering to defeat Charlotte, and
Nikola Vucevic led Orlando to a road
win at New York.
San Antonio's Kawhi Leonard had
24 points and Tony Parker scored 15
points for the Spurs, who have won six
George Hill and Jordan Hill each had
15 points for Indiana.
Oklahoma City's Durant hit a go-
ahead jump shot with 5.8 seconds left
before blocking a potential game-win-
ning 18-footer by Chris Paul as time
expired, giving the Thunder a 100-99
win against the Clippers.
Russell Westbrook scored 33 points
and Serge Ibaka added 17 for Oklahoma
Paul had 32 points and 10 assists in
another classic duel with Westbrook.
A third straight loss equaled the Clip-
pers' longest skid of the season.
Houston's James Harden scored 36
points as the Rockets escaped a late
fade-out and beat Charlotte 102-95.
The game was tied before Harden
drove into the lane and was fouled as
he made a layup. He hit the free throws
to put Houston up 94-91 with 31.6
Harden made 16 of 19 free throws
and secured Houston's third straight
win by making two with 13.9 seconds
Kemba Walker led the Hornets with
Orlando's Vucevic tied his season
high with 26 points and grabbed nine
rebounds, powering the Magic to a 107-
99 win at New York.
Vucevic had a pair of baskets and
Evan Fournier added a 3-pointer and
another basket in an 11-2 spurt after
the Knicks had cut it to 93-92 with
Lance Thomas was 9 for 9 and tied
his career with 24 points for the Knicks,
who had won their previous four.
Atlanta notched a fourth straight win
PARIS --- The Tour de France will
start from the German city of Dues-
seldorf in 2017.
Tour organisers say it will be the
fourth time in the race's century-old
history that cycling's showpiece starts
London was considered the
favourite to host the 2017 race start,
but withdrew its bid in September.
The last time the three-week race
started from Germany was in 1987,
when the Grand Depart took place
in West Berlin.
Details of the first stages will be
unveiled in January. (AP)
Tour de France to start
from Germany in 2017
Spurs extend perfect home record
by defeating Portland 106-97.
Dennis Schroder, Atlanta's back-
up point guard, lost a cap bonded
to a tooth in a collision early in
the fourth period, but was 7 for
10 from the floor in a little more
than 17 minutes on the court. He
had 18 points, among six Hawks
in double figures.
The Trail Blazers played without
starting guards Damon Lillard and
CJ McCollum. Lillard has plantar
fasciitis in his left foot and missed
a game for the first time in his
career, ending his streak of playing
in 275 consecutive games. McCol-
lum has two sprained ankles.
Allen Crabbe had 19 points for
Portland in a fill-in start. The Trail
Blazers have lost four straight.
Boston beat Minnesota 113-99,
but Celtics fans were deprived the
chance to see one of their former
favourites Kevin Garnett in action,
as the 39-year-old stayed on the
bench throughout what could have
been his last visit to the city.
Utah opened the third quarter
89 win against Phoenix.
Brooklyn snapped a five-game
skid by beating Chicago 105-102,
with Brook Lopez contributing 21
points and 12 rebounds.
Washington's John Wall had a
career-high 19 assists and also
scored 12 points, leading the Wiz-
ards to a 113-99 victory against
San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) drives around Indiana Pacers
guard Monta Ellis during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday night
in San Antonio. San Antonio won 106-92. AP PHOTO
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