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Parker’s return sparks Spurs

AP

The San Antonio Spurs are whole for the first time in months and they performed in the same efficient style that helped them battle through the rash of injuries.

Tony Parker had 22 points and seven assists in his return from a six-game absence, leading San Antonio’s balanced attack in a 112-106 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday night.

Parker played with his usual relentlessness, finishing 10-for-15 from the field on a series of breakneck drives. He also had just one turnover in 32 minutes, and the Spurs had six players score in double figures.

“I thought Parker looked great again coming off a nice little 10-day break they can afford to give him,” Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki said. “And he just comes in and looks great.”

Despite a series of injuries, San Antonio (43-16) remains 1½ games behind Oklahoma City (45-15) for the top seed in the Western Conference.

Tim Duncan scored 17 points, Kawhi Leonard added 16 and Boris Diaw had 13 points and 10 rebounds for San Antonio. Manu Ginobili had 15 points and seven assists as the Spurs extended their winning streak to three games.

Nowitzki scored 22 points, Vince Carter added 21 and Monta Ellis had 17 for the Mavericks, who have lost eight straight to the Spurs.

Parker looked refreshed after not playing since Feb. 10 for what San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich officially listed as “rest,” but unofficially was due to a series of lower body maladies.

“I think it was a little bit of (a physical and mental rest),” Parker said. “Pop, I trust his judgment. I didn’t want to admit it to myself. But maybe I was tired mentally. It’s a lot of basketball the last three years with no break; the (French) national team and NBA. It definitely helped, I felt fresh.”

Bulls 109, Knicks 90

In Chicago, Joakim Noah had 13 points, 12 rebounds and 14 assists for his fifth career triple-double, leading the Bulls over New York.

Chicago had seven players score in double figures in its ninth win in the last 10 games. The Bulls also reached 100 points for the fourth consecutive game for the first time since Oct. 30-Nov. 5, 2010.

D.J. Augustin had 21 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter as Chicago improved to 21-8 since Jan. 1 and moved a season-high seven games above .500 overall. Jimmy Butler scored 19 points and Carlos Boozer had 14.

Raptors 104, Warriors 98

In Toronto, DeMar DeRozan scored 32 points and Kyle Lowry had 13 as the Raptors beat Golden State for their first victory in eight tries against Warriors guard Stephen Curry.

Toronto’s only previous victory over Golden State since Curry was drafted was an 83-75 home win on March 4, 2012, a victory that came while the guard was sidelined by a strained tendon in his foot.

Curry scored 34 points as the Warriors lost for just the second time in their past seven games.

Thunder 116, Bobcats 99

In Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant scored 28 points and Russell Westbrook had 26 to lead the Thunder past Charlotte.

Durant made just 8 of 24 field goals, but sank all 12 of his free throws.

Westbrook was 10 of 12 from the floor in 25 minutes in his fifth game since returning from right knee surgery.

Suns 129, Hawks 120

In Phoenix, Gerald Green hit 5 of 6 3-pointers in the first half to help the Suns score 79 points before the break, the most in the NBA this season.

The first-half total was two shy of the U.S. Airways Center record for points in a half. The previous high for Phoenix in any half this season was 67, but 63 percent shooting, including 12 of 18 on 3-pointers in the first half, shattered the team mark.

Green finished with 33 points and Phoenix tied a season high with 15 3-pointers and set a season high with its 129 point output.

Magic 92, 76ers 81

In Orlando, Tobias Harris scored a career-high 31 points as the Magic beat Philadelphia for the second time in less than a week, extending the 76ers’ losing streak to 14 games.

Nikola Vucevic had 18 points and 17 rebounds for Orlando, which outscored Philadelphia 26-12 in the fourth quarter to earn the win.

Pacers 94, Jazz 91

In Indianapolis, David West scored 25 points, Paul George added 22, and Indiana beat Utah for its fifth straight victory.

Ian Mahinmi came off the bench to score nine points for the Pacers and provide key minutes, as Roy Hibbert struggled to contain Derrick Favors.