CHICAGO – It didn’t take long for the San Antonio Spurs to show the Chicago Bulls why they’re leading the NBA.
Manu Ginobili scored 22 points and Tony Parker had 20 points and nine assists, and the Spurs beat the Bulls 104-96 Tuesday for their seventh straight win and 10th in their last 11.
San Antonio jumped out to a big advantage early, taking a 38-14 lead after one quarter and going up 61-33 into halftime. That helped the Spurs improve to 24-6 on the road, the NBA’s best mark away from home.
Kawhi Leonard added 16 and nine rebounds for San Antonio (47-16), which maintained its hold on the NBA’s best record. With the win the Spurs stayed a half-game ahead of Oklahoma City and Indiana, who both won.
“Wonderful game, we were very sharp,” Ginobili said.
Parker had 18 at halftime and went 8-for-15 from the field for a team that made 51 percent overall against one of the NBA’s best defensive clubs. Ginobili was 9 of 11.
D.J. Augustin led the Bulls with 24 points.
Pacers 94, Celtics 83
In Indianapolis, David West scored 24 points and center Andrew Bynum grabbed a season-high 10 rebounds in his Pacers debut, helping suddenly struggling Indiana pull away late for a victory over Boston.
Thunder 106, Rockets 98
In Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant scored 42 points to help the Thunder defeat Houston.
Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook scored 24 points and got the best of nemesis Patrick Beverley. During last year’s playoffs, Beverley dived for the ball and ran into Westbrook’s right knee as a timeout was being called, causing the injury that ended Westbrook’s season and cost him about half of this season. It was their first meeting since the incident.
Former Thunder guard James Harden scored 28 points.
Pistons 99, Kings 89
In Auburn Hills, Michigan, Josh Smith scored 24 points and Rodney Stuckey added 23 to lift Detroit over Sacramento.
Timberwolves 112, Bucks 101
In Minneapolis, Kevin Love had 27 points, 10 rebounds and six assists and J.J. Barea broke out of a horrid shooting slump to score 19 points to lift the Timberwolves.
Grizzlies 109, Blazers 99
In Memphis, Marc Gasol scored 19 points and Zach Randolph added 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Grizzlies.
Warriors 108, Mavericks 85
In Oakland, Golden State’s Jordan Crawford scored 19 points, Andrew Bogut had 15 points and 10 rebounds and the Warriors routed Dallas for their fifth straight win.
Golden State is 10-2 since the All-Star break.