NBA-Highlights of Monday's NBA games
Nov 21 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Monday's National Basketball Association games: Spurs 96, Mavericks 91 Kawhi Leonard scored 24 points as the San Antonio Spurs posted their sixth straight victory by outlasting the Dallas Mavericks for a 96-91 win on Monday at the AT&T Center. The Spurs led 90-88 before Leonard wrestled the ball away from Dallas' Harrison Barnes near midcourt and swooped in for a dunk at the 2:07 mark. The Mavericks' Wesley Matthews hit a layup and converted a free throw on the next possession to make it a 92-91 game. After getting a stop, Dallas had a chance to take the lead but Barnes missed a stepback jumper with 15 seconds to play. Manu Ginobili added to San Antonio's lead with two free throws before Seth Curry missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer with 6.9 seconds to play. Grizzlies 105, Hornets 90 Mike Conley scored a season-high 31 points and Memphis rolled to its fifth straight win with a victory over Charlotte at the Spectrum Center. The Grizzlies jumped out to a 24-point halftime lead and led by 26 early in the third quarter. That was all the cushion they needed to win for the third time in the last four days. Conley was 11 of 21 from the field and 5 of 8 from 3-point range. The Grizzlies also got 14 points and eight rebounds from Zach Randolph, 13 points and eight rebounds from Marc Gasol, 12 points each from JaMychal Green and Tony Allen, and 10 from Vince Carter. The Hornets have now lost two in a row. Wizards 106, Suns 101 Bradley Beal scored a career-high 42 points as Washington rallied past Phoenix. Beal carried the offense as the Wizards avoided another home loss despite trailing by 11 points in the second half. John Wall shot a dismal 6 of 24 from the field for 18 points, but he scored seven straight after Devin Booker did the same to give Phoenix a 100-99 lead. Wall's 3-point play off a putback with 1:08 remaining put the Wizards up for good. He added a mid-range jumper and two free throws. The point guard had 15 assists for Washington, which has won two of three. 76ers 101, Heat 94 Joel Embiid scored 22 points and slumping Robert Covington added a critical 3-pointer late in the game as Philadelphia beat Miami. Gerald Henderson added 19 points for Philadelphia, which used a late 10-0 run to win its fourth straight home game. Jahlil Okafor scored 15 points, and Ersan Ilyasova had 10 points and 11 rebounds. Hassan Whiteside scored a career-high 32 points for Miami, which lost for the seventh time in nine games. Whiteside, the NBA's leading rebounder, also contributed 13 boards, his 12th double-double in 13 games this season. Warriors 120, Pacers 83 Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant combined for 61 points as Golden State dominated shorthanded Indiana. The Pacers played without starters Paul George (ankle), Myles Turner (ankle) and sixth man C.J. Miles (knee). They also lost starting guard Jeff Teague with a right ankle sprain during the third quarter. Thompson led Golden State with 25 points, Curry had 22, Durant scored 14 and Draymond Green added 10. Rodney Stuckey led Indiana with 21 points, Thaddeus Young added 14 and Teague had 11 before being injured. Rockets 99, Pistons 96 James Harden had 28 points, eight rebounds and 11 assists to lead Houston to a victory over struggling Detroit at The Palace. Clint Capela supplied 15 points and 12 rebounds, Trevor Ariza contributed 14 points, and Sam Dekker added a career-high 12 points for Houston, which earned its third consecutive win. The Pistons lost their fourth straight. Celtics 99, Timberwolves 93 Isaiah Thomas had 29 points - including 20 in the second half - to help Boston come from behind on the road and defeat Minnesota. Al Horford had 20 points, six rebounds and five assists in his second game back from a concussion for Boston (8-6), which has won three of its past four contests. Terry Rozier added 12 points off the bench. Karl-Anthony Towns had 27 points and 18 rebounds for Minnesota, which has lost three of four. Andrew Wiggins finished with 14 points in an off-shooting night where he went 5 of 18 from the field. The league's top 3-point shooter was 0 of 5 from beyond the arc. Bucks 93, Magic 89 Giannis Antetokounmpo posted his first triple-double of the season and Jabari Parker made five 3-pointers as Milwaukee snapped a three-game losing streak with a victory over Orlando at the Bradley Center. Antetokounmpo finished with 21 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists and added five steals and three blocked shots. Parker had 22 points to lead the Bucks, who shot 40.7 percent from the floor and were 8 of 29 on 3-point attempts. Clippers 123, Raptors 115 Chris Paul and Blake Griffin scored 26 points apiece, and Los Angeles held off Toronto at Staples Center. Paul also had 12 assists as the Clippers, who own the best record in the NBA, ended a four-game losing streak to the Raptors. Griffin added seven rebounds and six assists. All five Los Angeles starters reached double figures, including DeAndre Jordan, who finished with 17 points and 15 rebounds. Jordan went 9 of 14 on free throws to top 1,000 made in his career. J.J. Redick had 20 points for the Clippers.