Saturday, December 16, 2017
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Rockets survive Spurs rally

SAN ANTONIO — James Harden scored 31, Chandler Parsons had 25 and the Rockets overcame a furious second-half rally to beat San Antonio 112-106 on Saturday night, handing the Spurs their first home defeat.

Dwight Howard had 13 points and 11 rebounds, and Terrence Jones added 10 points and 16 boards, for Houston.

Tony Parker had 27 points and Tim Duncan 20 for San Antonio, which has lost two of three.

The Spurs outscored the Rockets 39-26 to open the second half, with Belinelli scoring 13 in the half to set up a furious finish.

Harden's offbalance 3-pointer tied the score at 106 with 45 seconds left. Parker missed a driving layup over Howard, and Beverly tipped in Harden's miss to put Houston up 108-106 with 31 seconds left. The Spurs' Manu Ginobili missed a 3-point try, enabling Houston to outlet to Parsons for a dunk and a 110-106 lead with 16 seconds left.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: John Wall had 26 points and 12 assists, and the host Wizards beat the Hawks 108-101 for their sixth win in eight games.

KOBE NEARLY READY? The Lakers said star guard Kobe Bryant could return to the lineup Friday in Sacramento, espn.com reported. Bryant, who hasn't played this season while recovering from a ruptured Achilles tendon, was ruled out of today's game against the Trail Blazers but took part in a light workout. Los Angeles will use its three practice days before Friday to decide if he's ready to go, coach Mike D'Antoni said.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Nets forward Paul Pierce and Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph were out with injuries. Pierce has a bruised right hand. Randolph had surgery for an ingrown toenail. … Mavericks guard Jose Calderon was out of the starting lineup with a bone bruise on his right ankle.

Rockets 112, Spurs 106

HOUSTON (112): Parsons 9-21 3-4 25, Jones 4-10 1-1 10, Howard 4-6 5-8 13, Beverley 4-10 0-0 11, Harden 10-19 8-13 31, Brooks 1-8 1-2 3, Casspi 4-8 0-0 8, Asik 1-2 1-2 3, Garcia 3-6 0-0 8. Totals 40-90 19-30 112.

SAN ANTONIO (106): Leonard 3-8 0-0 6, Duncan 8-13 4-5 20, Diaw 2-3 0-0 5, Parker 13-27 1-2 27, Green 3-8 0-0 7, Ginobili 4-9 0-0 9, Splitter 2-3 2-4 6, Bonner 2-5 0-0 6, Belinelli 7-13 0-0 18, Mills 0-2 2-2 2. Totals 44-91 9-13 106.

Houston 30 27 26 29— 112

San Antonio 24 22 34 26— 106

3-Point GoalsHouston 13-30 (Parsons 4-8, Harden 3-5, Beverley 3-5, Garcia 2-4, Jones 1-2, Casspi 0-3, Brooks 0-3), San Antonio 9-26 (Belinelli 4-6, Bonner 2-4, Diaw 1-1, Ginobili 1-3, Green 1-5, Duncan 0-1, Mills 0-1, Parker 0-2, Leonard 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsHouston 68 (Jones 16), San Antonio 44 (Duncan 8). AssistsHouston 24 (Harden 6), San Antonio 27 (Ginobili 11). Total FoulsHouston 18, San Antonio 19. TechnicalsSan Antonio Coach Popovich. A18,581 (18,797).

Wizards 108, Hawks 101

ATLANTA (101): Carroll 3-9 4-4 11, Millsap 9-14 1-2 23, Horford 7-13 2-2 16, Teague 5-18 5-5 15, Martin 4-7 2-3 12, Jenkins 1-1 0-0 2, Scott 2-7 2-2 6, Mack 4-9 3-4 11, Brand 1-1 3-4 5, Antic 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 36-81 22-26 101.

WASHINGTON (108): Webster 6-11 2-4 19, Nene 4-12 5-6 13, Gortat 6-11 0-0 12, Wall 9-18 6-11 26, Ariza 7-10 5-5 24, Vesely 1-3 2-2 4, Singleton 2-4 0-2 4, Maynor 2-6 0-0 4, Seraphin 1-3 0-0 2, Temple 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 38-78 20-30 108.

Atlanta 20 24 26 31— 101

Washington 28 26 25 29— 108

3-Point GoalsAtlanta 7-17 (Millsap 4-5, Martin 2-4, Carroll 1-2, Mack 0-1, Antic 0-1, Teague 0-2, Scott 0-2), Washington 12-24 (Ariza 5-6, Webster 5-9, Wall 2-6, Singleton 0-1, Maynor 0-2). Fouled OutMack. ReboundsAtlanta 50 (Millsap 10), Washington 49 (Nene 12). AssistsAtlanta 19 (Mack 6), Washington 24 (Wall 12). Total FoulsAtlanta 18, Washington 20. TechnicalsAtlanta Coach Budenholzer, Washington Coach Wittman. A14,280 (20,308).

Cavaliers 97, Bulls 93

CHICAGO (93): Deng 12-20 1-1 27, Boozer 5-13 2-2 12, Noah 2-10 0-2 4, Hinrich 5-10 1-2 12, Snell 7-12 1-4 18, Gibson 7-10 4-4 18, Dunleavy 1-6 0-0 2, James 0-1 0-0 0, Mohammed 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 39-82 9-15 93.

CLEVELAND (97): Gee 2-4 0-0 5, Thompson 4-7 6-8 14, Bynum 8-14 4-4 20, Irving 7-21 4-5 19, Miles 2-5 0-0 6, Waiters 8-10 2-2 20, Jack 2-6 0-0 5, Varejao 3-7 0-0 6, Dellavedova 0-1 0-0 0, Bennett 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 37-78 16-19 97.

Chicago 25 26 15 27— 93

Cleveland 27 29 21 20— 97

3-Point GoalsChicago 6-15 (Snell 3-5, Deng 2-5, Hinrich 1-1, James 0-1, Dunleavy 0-3), Cleveland 7-15 (Waiters 2-2, Miles 2-3, Gee 1-1, Jack 1-2, Irving 1-5, Thompson 0-1, Bennett 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsChicago 45 (Noah 8), Cleveland 48 (Thompson 14). AssistsChicago 31 (Deng 11), Cleveland 20 (Irving 6). Total FoulsChicago 22, Cleveland 18. TechnicalsChicago Coach Thibodeau. A17,296 (20,562).

Nets 97, Grizzlies 88

BROOKLYN (97): Johnson 9-15 4-4 26, Garnett 4-9 0-0 8, Lopez 7-16 6-11 20, Taylor 2-5 2-2 6, Anderson 0-6 0-0 0, Blatche 7-10 4-5 21, Plumlee 1-2 2-2 4, Livingston 1-4 2-2 4, Shengelia 0-0 0-0 0, Teletovic 3-6 0-0 8. Totals 34-73 20-26 97.

MEMPHIS (88): Prince 0-4 0-0 0, Davis 5-11 0-0 10, Koufos 5-10 0-0 10, Conley 7-14 2-4 16, Allen 5-12 3-4 13, Leuer 2-4 0-0 6, Bayless 1-6 1-1 3, Miller 2-3 0-0 6, Calathes 1-1 0-0 2, Pondexter 8-12 3-3 22. Totals 36-77 9-12 88.

Brooklyn 24 24 25 24— 97

Memphis 19 18 28 23— 88

3-Point GoalsBrooklyn 9-18 (Johnson 4-7, Blatche 3-3, Teletovic 2-5, Lopez 0-1, Anderson 0-2), Memphis 7-15 (Pondexter 3-5, Leuer 2-2, Miller 2-3, Allen 0-1, Conley 0-1, Bayless 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsBrooklyn 49 (Lopez 9), Memphis 40 (Koufos 11). AssistsBrooklyn 21 (Johnson 6), Memphis 20 (Conley 10). Total FoulsBrooklyn 10, Memphis 19. TechnicalsBrooklyn defensive three second, Memphis defensive three second. A17,012 (18,119).

Timberwolves 112, Mavs 106

MINNESOTA (112): Brewer 5-8 0-0 13, Love 6-14 7-11 21, Pekovic 10-13 1-2 21, Rubio 4-12 3-3 12, Martin 7-14 10-11 27, Cunningham 4-6 0-0 8, Barea 2-5 0-0 6, Mbah a Moute 2-5 0-3 4, Dieng 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 40-79 21-30 112.

DALLAS (106): Marion 3-11 0-0 6, Nowitzki 10-13 2-2 23, Dalembert 6-7 0-2 12, Mekel 3-12 0-0 6, Ellis 9-15 5-5 26, Carter 4-12 1-1 10, Blair 5-8 1-1 11, Crowder 2-6 0-0 5, Larkin 2-6 0-0 4, Ellington 1-2 0-0 3, James 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 45-92 9-11 106.

Minnesota 29 25 30 28— 112

Dallas 24 23 30 29— 106

3-Point GoalsMinnesota 11-26 (Brewer 3-5, Martin 3-6, Barea 2-4, Love 2-5, Rubio 1-5, Cunningham 0-1), Dallas 7-24 (Ellis 3-5, Nowitzki 1-1, Ellington 1-1, Carter 1-3, Crowder 1-5, Larkin 0-2, Mekel 0-3, Marion 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsMinnesota 53 (Love 11), Dallas 44 (Blair 8). AssistsMinnesota 24 (Rubio 7), Dallas 29 (Mekel 7). Total FoulsMinnesota 9, Dallas 26. TechnicalsMartin, Dallas Coach Carlisle, Nowitzki. A20,173 (19,200).

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