Rockets withstand Spurs' 2nd-half surge
SAN ANTONIO — James Harden scored 31 points, Chandler Parsons had 25, and the Houston 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, Terrence Jones added 10 points and 16 boards, and Patrick Beverly had 11 points for Houston (13-5).
Tony Parker had 27 points, Tim Duncan added 20 and Marco Belinelli scored 18 for San Antonio (14-3), which has lost two of three.
San Antonio outscored Houston 39-26 to open the second half, with Belinelli scoring 13 points after halftime to set up a furious finish.
DALLAS — Kevin Martin had 27 points with some key baskets late, Kevin Love had his usual double-double and the Timberwolves snapped a three-game losing streak with a victory at Dallas.
Martin made two free throws with just under 6 minutes left to put Minnesota up 94-90. Ricky Rubio then had a steal that led to a long fast-break jumper by Martin, who later beat the shot clock with a jumper and then added a 3-pointer. That stretched the lead to 103-92, matching its largest, with 3:12 left.
Love finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds. All five starters scored in double figures for Minnesota, which had lost five of its previous six games.
Monta Ellis scored 26 points and Dirk Nowitzki had 23 for Dallas.
WIZARDS 108, HAWKS 101
WASHINGTON — John Wall had 26 points and 12 assists, Trevor Ariza scored 24 points and made five 3-pointers, and the Wizards beat the Hawks.
The Wizards have won six of their last eight, and have won eight games in November for the first time since 1984.
Martell Webster added 19 points for Washington and also had five 3-pointers. Nene, who returned after missing Friday’s game at Indiana with a right Achilles tendon injury, had 13 points and 12 rebounds.
CAVALIERS 97, BULLS 93
CLEVELAND — Andrew Bynum and Dion Waiters each scored 20 points, and the Cavaliers held off a late rally by the Bulls.
Cleveland, which had lost five straight and eight of nine, built a 12-point lead in fourth quarter, but the Bulls rallied for an 88-87 edge on Tony Snell’s basket with 3:59 remaining.
Bynum’s jumper put Cleveland ahead again with 3:35 left, and Kyrie Irving scored after stealing the ball from Kirk Hinrich. Waiters converted another turnover into a layup to put the Cavaliers ahead 93-88 with 2:09 to play.
Luol Deng scored 27 points for the Bulls, who finished 1-5 on their road trip in which they lost point guard Derrick Rose for the season with a knee injury.
NETS 97, GRIZZLIES 88
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Joe Johnson scored 26 points, Brook Lopez added 12 of his 20 in the fourth quarter, and the Nets beat the Grizzlies.
Andray Blatche scored 21 off the Nets bench, making all three shots from beyond the arc. Blatche entered the game 1 for 7 from 3-point range this season.
The Nets snapped a two-game losing streak and handed Memphis its fourth straight home loss.
Quincy Pondexter, who had not played in the Grizzlies’ two previous games, scored a career-high 22 points. Mike Conley had 16 points and 10 assists, while Tony Allen had 13 points.
Jazz 112, Suns 104
PHOENIX — Rookie Trey Burke had the biggest game of his young NBA career, scoring 20 points to lead seven Utah players in double figures and the Jazz to their first road victory of the season.
Richard Jefferson added 15 for the Jazz, who were 0-9 on the road entering the contest and lost 112-101 at home to Phoenix on Friday night. Marvin Williams and Derrick Favors added 14 apiece.
Goran Dragic had 24 points and nine assists for the Suns. Channing Frye added 17 points for Phoenix.
Bucks 92, Celtics 85
MILWAUKEE — O.J. Mayo rebounded from a subpar game with 22 points and Milwaukee snapped an 11-game losing streak.
Two of Milwaukee’s three victories this season have come against Boston. The Bucks beat the Celtics, 105-98, on Nov. 1 in Boston.
Jared Sullinger scored 21 points and had 14 rebounds, while Jeff Green and Jordan Crawford added 18 points apiece for the Celtics.