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Magic battles but can't topple surging Spurs

The Spurs’ Tim Duncan, right, gives Dwight Howard a dose of his own medicine, blocking his shot during the first quarter.

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The Spurs’ Tim Duncan, right, gives Dwight Howard a dose of his own medicine, blocking his shot during the first quarter.

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Tony Parker had 24 points and 10 assists to help the Spurs to their 11th straight win, 106-97 over the Magic on Monday night.

Manu Ginobili had 25 points for the Spurs, who faced their stiffest test yet but prevailed late for an NBA-best record of 12-1. Dwight Howard had 26 points and 18 rebounds for East-leading Orlando, whose winning streak ended at four.

Jameer Nelson added 15 points for the Magic.

The Spurs are on their longest winning streak in nearly three years and have taken a training-camp goal of a fast start far beyond what they had in mind. The Magic, meanwhile, was perhaps in search of a litmus test after just one of its nine wins this season had come against a team with a winning record.

The Spurs can thank their long-range shooting for keeping this streak going.

San Antonio made 12 of 19 3-pointers, including all five in the fourth quarter. None were bigger than Ginobili's step-back 3-pointer with 2:09 left, putting the Spurs ahead for good.

Two turnovers in the next three possessions doomed the Magic, including Nelson inadvertently kicking a ball out of bounds with 49.5 seconds left.

Heat loses Haslem

MIAMI — Udonis Haslem and the Heat spent parts of two days reviewing many scenarios, hoping there was a way to avoid surgery.

There wasn't. And Miami's toughest player is out, possibly for many months.

Haslem's agent, Henry Thomas, said the former Gator will have surgery today to repair a badly torn ligament in his left foot, an injury that came Saturday night against Memphis on a play that looked almost harmless at first. Instead, it'll go down as a significant blow to the Heat, which entered Monday ranked 19th in rebounding in the NBA and now will be without its best player in that department.

"We lose a warrior," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.

In the short term, the Heat plans to give more minutes to Juwan Howard at the spot backing up starting power forward Chris Bosh. LeBron James and James Jones will be used at that position as well in certain situations, Spoelstra said.

The Heat does not plan to release a timetable for Haslem's return until after the surgery.

AND IT GETS WORSE: Danny Granger had 20 points and 10 rebounds, Brandon Rush added 20 points and the visiting Pacers beat the Heat 93-77 on the worst shooting night of Dwyane Wade's career.

Wade finished with three points on 1-for-13 shooting. He had never shot so poorly when taking at least 13 tries, and the points were the third fewest of his career. He has been held scoreless twice.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Nate Robinson had 16 points and 10 assists filling in for injured Rajon Rondo, and the Celtics took a 26-point lead in the first quarter en route to a 99-76 rout of the Hawks. … Kevin Durant had 28 points and Jeff Green 24 in their return from injuries to power the host Thunder to its fifth straight win, 117-107 over the Timberwolves.

Pacers 93, Heat 77

INDIANA (93): Granger 6-21 4-4 20, McRoberts 0-3 0-0 0, Hibbert 4-11 1-1 9, Collison 2-8 0-0 4, Rush 9-15 2-4 20, Posey 3-8 0-0 8, Ford 5-10 2-2 13, Dunleavy 4-8 2-2 11, S.Jones 2-4 0-0 4, Hansbrough 2-2 0-0 4. Totals 37-90 11-13 93.

MIAMI (77): James 6-14 11-15 25, Bosh 7-13 7-10 21, Ilgauskas 4-8 4-4 12, Arroyo 5-6 0-0 12, Wade 1-13 1-5 3, Howard 0-0 0-0 0, Magloire 1-1 2-4 4, House 0-6 0-0 0, J.Jones 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 24-62 25-38 77.

Indiana 19 35 20 19— 93

Miami 22 19 23 13— 77

3-Point GoalsIndiana 8-23 (Granger 4-9, Posey 2-6, Ford 1-2, Dunleavy 1-4, Rush 0-2), Miami 4-20 (Arroyo 2-2, James 2-8, J.Jones 0-1, Wade 0-4, House 0-5). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsIndiana 57 (Granger 11), Miami 49 (Bosh 11). AssistsIndiana 26 (Granger 6), Miami 16 (James 6). Total FoulsIndiana 27, Miami 19. TechnicalsWade. A19,600 (19,600).

Celtics 99, Hawks 76

BOSTON (99): Pierce 6-9 1-1 13, Garnett 8-10 1-1 17, S.O'Neal 6-8 1-2 13, Robinson 6-9 0-0 16, Allen 4-8 0-0 9, Davis 3-10 1-2 7, Erden 2-2 0-2 4, West 3-7 0-0 6, Daniels 0-4 4-4 4, Wafer 1-3 4-4 6, Harangody 1-3 0-0 2, Bradley 0-2 2-2 2. Totals 40-75 14-18 99.

ATLANTA (76): Williams 1-6 0-0 2, Smith 0-3 2-2 2, Horford 3-10 0-0 6, Bibby 4-6 1-2 11, Johnson 2-10 1-1 6, Ja.Crawford 2-6 5-6 10, Evans 4-8 0-0 8, Powell 4-5 2-3 10, Teague 3-5 0-0 6, Pachulia 0-4 0-0 0, Jo.Crawford 3-14 2-2 10, Collins 2-4 1-1 5. Totals 28-81 14-17 76.

Boston 39 25 21 14— 99

Atlanta 13 29 14 20— 76

3-Point GoalsBoston 5-11 (Robinson 4-5, Allen 1-2, Harangody 0-1, Davis 0-1, Daniels 0-2), Atlanta 6-16 (Bibby 2-2, Jo.Crawford 2-5, Ja.Crawford 1-3, Johnson 1-3, Williams 0-1, Evans 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsBoston 58 (Garnett, S.O'Neal 11), Atlanta 37 (Jo.Crawford 7). AssistsBoston 26 (Robinson 10), Atlanta 21 (Ja.Crawford 6). Total FoulsBoston 14, Atlanta 13. TechnicalsBoston defensive three second. A14,476 (18,729).

Thunder 117, Wolves 107

MINNESOTA (107): Beasley 7-20 1-3 15, Love 10-17 0-0 24, Milicic 9-14 3-4 21, Telfair 0-1 0-0 0, Johnson 3-6 0-2 7, Ridnour 7-14 2-2 17, Brewer 5-9 1-1 12, Tolliver 3-7 4-4 11, Ellington 0-0 0-0 0, Hayward 0-0 0-0 0, Koufos 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 44-88 11-16 107.

OKLAHOMA CITY (117): Durant 6-16 16-17 28, Green 9-16 3-4 24, Krstic 5-6 0-0 10, Westbrook 7-14 6-9 20, Sefolosha 5-5 3-6 13, Ibaka 3-5 4-4 10, Collison 2-3 0-0 4, Harden 2-6 0-0 5, Maynor 1-2 0-0 3. Totals 40-73 32-40 117.

Minnesota 27 27 27 26— 107

Oklahoma City 28 37 25 27— 117

3-Point GoalsMinnesota 8-17 (Love 4-6, Brewer 1-1, Johnson 1-2, Tolliver 1-2, Ridnour 1-3, Beasley 0-3), Oklahoma City 5-13 (Green 3-7, Maynor 1-1, Harden 1-3, Durant 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsMinnesota 43 (Love 17), Oklahoma City 47 (Sefolosha 11). AssistsMinnesota 22 (Ridnour 7), Oklahoma City 29 (Westbrook 14). Total FoulsMinnesota 26, Oklahoma City 19. A17,653 (18,203).

Suns 123, Rockets 116

PHOENIX (123): G.Hill 7-12 3-5 17, Turkoglu 6-13 0-0 15, Frye 6-9 2-2 15, Nash 8-14 8-8 24, Richardson 7-11 10-10 26, Warrick 3-7 4-6 10, Dudley 1-4 1-2 4, Dragic 1-2 0-1 2, Childress 3-6 4-4 10. Totals 42-78 32-38 123.

HOUSTON (116): Battier 3-13 2-2 10, Scola 8-17 0-2 16, Hayes 3-7 2-2 8, Lowry 6-10 1-1 13, Martin 6-12 5-6 19, Lee 7-14 0-0 16, Miller 5-6 2-2 12, Budinger 3-8 0-0 6, Smith 1-5 0-0 2, J.Hill 7-8 0-0 14. Totals 49-100 12-15 116.

Phoenix 26 33 31 33— 123

Houston 25 20 31 40— 116

3-Point GoalsPhoenix 7-13 (Turkoglu 3-6, Richardson 2-2, Dudley 1-2, Frye 1-3), Houston 6-26 (Martin 2-5, Lee 2-6, Battier 2-8, Lowry 0-1, Smith 0-2, Budinger 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsPhoenix 43 (Turkoglu 8), Houston 53 (J.Hill 10). AssistsPhoenix 21 (Nash 9), Houston 31 (Lowry 8). Total FoulsPhoenix 14, Houston 26. TechnicalsG.Hill, Nash, Phoenix defensive three second, Scola, Houston defensive three second. A15,080 (18,043).

Magic battles but can't topple surging Spurs 11/22/10 [Last modified: Monday, November 22, 2010 11:31pm]

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