Spurs 104, Timberwolves 86
Kawhi Leonard scored 13 of his 17 points in the second half, and host San Antonio held off Minnesota on Sunday night for its fourth consecutive win.
Tim Duncan had 15 points and Tony Parker added 14 points and 10 assists for Western Conference-leading San Antonio. Matt Bonner also scored 14 points — including 4-for-5 shooting on 3-pointers — and Marco Belinelli had 13 points and Patty Mills added 10.
Nikola Pekovic scored 22 points to lead Minnesota. Kevin Love had 14 points and Alexey Shved added 11.
Already without Manu Ginobili and Tiago Splitter, the Spurs lost Danny Green early in the second quarter to a sprained finger. Minus two of the Spurs’ top wings, Leonard took over in the second half.
He had nine points in the third quarter, continually cutting to the basket to escape his defender for a series of dunks and layups. Leonard’s final basket of the quarter was a layup off an assist from Aron Baynes to put San Antonio up 81-71 entering the fourth.
Leonard finished 6-for-9 from the field in the second half.
Grizzlies 108, Hawks 101
Mike Conley had 21 points and 13 assists and Zach Randolph added 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead host Memphis.
Paul Millsap scored 21 points for the Hawks, who had won two in a row. It was only the third time the Hawks lost to the Grizzlies in the past 15 games.
Memphis pulled away in the fourth quarter behind Conley, who tied a career best with 31 points in a victory over the Phoenix Suns on Friday.
Conley had eight points in the final quarter, including two free throws that gave the Grizzlies a 102-92 lead with 2:46 left.
Conley is averaging 26.3 points in his last three games: an overtime loss to San Antonio and wins over Phoenix and Atlanta.
The Hawks used a 16-0 run to end the third and start the fourth to take an 80-77 lead, but the Grizzlies recovered behind Conley and reserves Mike Miller and James Johnson.
Miller also had eight points in the fourth quarter for the Grizzlies, including two 3-pointers. He finished with 15 points. Johnson had seven points, three steals and two blocks. Both of his blocks came in the final quarter.
Newly acquired Courtney Lee added 15 points for the Grizzlies and his 3-pointer gave Memphis an 84-82 lead with 8:48 left. The Grizzlies never trailed again.
The Grizzlies built an early seven-point advantage and maintained a lead for most of the opening half. The Hawks took a 26-23 lead to start the second quarter after Shelvin Mack’s three-point play tied the game at 23 and Mike Scott’s 3-pointer gave Atlanta its first lead.