Spurs 120, Knicks 89
Danny Green had 24 points and a career-high 10 rebounds, and the visiting San Antonio Spurs pounded the New York Knicks on Sunday for their fourth-straight victory.
Kawhi Leonard scored 18 points and Tony Parker had 17 in a game that was close for about 3 minutes. San Antonio scored the first 10 points, led by as many as 37, and was in complete control in between.
Tim Duncan took just four shots but finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds as San Antonio shot 54 percent.
The Spurs spoiled the season debut of Knicks guard J.R. Smith, last season’s Sixth Man of the Year. Suspended the first five games of the season for violating the NBA’s anti-drug program, Smith shot 1 of 9 and scored five points in 20 minutes.
Carmelo Anthony and Andrea Bargnani both scored 16 for the Knicks. Though San Antonio leads the Western Conference with a 6-1 record, coach Gregg Popovich said before the game the Spurs were playing C+ or B- basketball, adding there was “not much” he liked about the Spurs’ start.
Well, hard to give this performance anything but an A+.
Green hit two 3-pointers in the 10-0 start, Marco Belinelli’s 3 made it 17-4, and the Spurs hit 13 of 18 shots while opening a 35-17 lead after one quarter, matching their highest-scoring period of the season.
The lead grew to 24 points in the second, the Spurs repeatedly moving the ball to an open player before the Knicks knew what was happening.
Suns 101, Pelicans 94
Eric Bledsoe scored 24 points and Markieff Morris came off the bench to score 23 as the host Phoenix Suns beat the New Orleans Pelicans.
Morris shot 9 of 12, and has gone 30 for 38 from the field over his past three games while averaging 24.7 points in that span.
Gerald Green scored 15 and Goran Dragic added 12 for the Suns, who have won four of five.
Suns coach Jeff Hornacek became the first coach in franchise history to win his first four home games.
Jason Smith scored 22 points while Jrue Holiday and Anthony Morrow each had 16 for the Pelicans.
Thunder 106, Wizards 105
Kevin Durant scored 33 points, including a tying 3 late in regulation and the go-ahead foul shots in overtime that sent the host Oklahoma City Thunder past the Washington Wizards.
John Wall missed a driving layup attempt at the buzzer for Washington, which was seeking its third straight win. Bradley Beal scored a career-high 34 points for the Wizards.
Oklahoma City trailed 92-82 with 3:26 left with the fourth quarter, but went on a 14-4 run. Durant capped the burst with a straightaway 3-pointer with 13.6 seconds left.
Beal missed a running 12-footer at the buzzer while being closely guarded by Serge Ibaka.
In overtime, Durant blocked a shot by Wall and streaked toward the other basket. He made both free throws for a 106-105 lead with 40.7 seconds left.
Timberwolves 113, Lakers 90
Kevin Martin scored 27 points, Kevin Love had 18 of his 25 points during Minnesota’s 47-point first quarter, and the Timberwolves snapped a 22-game losing streak against the host Los Angeles Lakers.
Ricky Rubio had 12 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who hadn’t beaten the Lakers since March 6, 2007. Minnesota took a 28-point lead during the highest-scoring quarter in franchise history and maintained a healthy advantage all night in their first win over the Lakers at Staples Center since Dec. 2, 2005.
Steve Blake scored 19 points with five 3-pointers, and Jodie Meeks added 16 for the Lakers.