Spurs race to 20th straight victory

SAN ANTONIO — Tony Parker had 18 points and eight assists, Tim Duncan had 15 points and eight rebounds, and San Antonio extended its franchise-record winning streak to 19 games with a 111-90 victory over Golden State on Wednesday.

San Antonio (59-16) extended its league-leading record to four games over the Thunder City (54-19) ahead of their matchup tonight in Oklahoma City.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was able to rest his core players with his team leading by as many as 26 points and never trailing after the opening three minutes.

Marreese Speights scored 22 points and fellow reserve Jordan Crawford added 16 points for Golden State. Klay Thompson had 15 points and Stephen Curry 11 for the Warriors, who were playing on the second night of back-to-back games.

Wizards 118, Celtics 92

At Washington, the Washington Wizards are in the playoffs for the first time since 2008, clinching an Eastern Conference berth with a win over the Boston Celtics.

Marcin Gortat scored 22 points to lead the Wizards, who gathered for a celebratory huddle at midcourt after the final whistle. John Wall, the 2010 No. 1 overall draft pick playing the first meaningful late-season games of his career, added 13 points and 10 assists.

Clippers 112, Suns 108

At Phoenix, Darren Collison and Blake Griffin scored 23 points and Los Angeles rallied from a 17-point third-quarter deficit to beat Phoenix.

Chris Paul added 20 points, including a 32-foot 3-pointer just before the shot clock was to expire to put the Clippers up for good 108-106 with 1:48 to play.

Bulls 105, Hawks 92

At Atlanta, D.J. Augustin scored 23 points and Chicago bumped slumping Atlanta out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Chicago took control with a 16-3 run in the second quarter and led the rest of the way, fending off the last of Atlanta's runs when Jimmy Butler swished a 3-pointer with just over a minute remaining.

Knicks 110, Nets 81

At New York, J.R. Smith had 24 points, eight rebounds and six assists, Carmelo Anthony added 23 points and 10 rebounds, and New York beat city rival Brooklyn to move percentage points ahead of Atlanta for the eighth and final playoff spot in the East.

Raptors 107, Rockets 103

At Toronto, DeMar DeRozan scored 29 points, Jonas Valanciunas and Greivis Vasquez each had 15, and Toronto won its seventh straight home meeting with Houston.

Terrence Ross scored 14 points and John Salmons had 12 as the short-handed Raptors won for the fourth time in five games.

Heat 96, Bucks 77

At Miami, LeBron James scored 17 points, Chris Bosh added 15 and Miami stayed atop the Eastern Conference with a win over Milwaukee.

Nuggets 137, Pelicans 107

At Denver, Kenneth Faried scored a career-high 34 points and added 13 rebounds, and Denver scored a season high in routing New Orleans.

Kings 107, Lakers 102

At Sacramento, Calif., Rudy Gay scored nine of his 31 points in the fourth quarter, Ray McCallum added 27 points and Sacramento avoided a season sweep against Los Angeles.

Sacramento scored nine straight points early in the second quarter and didn't trail again in winning its second straight. The Lakers had won the first three meetings this season and beaten their Pacific Division rivals five consecutive overall.

Cavaliers 119, Magic 98

At Orlando, Fla., Dion Waiters scored 26 points, Spencer Hawes and Tristan Thompson had 20 each to lead Cleveland over Orlando.

Pacers 101, Pistons 94

At Indianapolis, Paul George had 27 points and 13 rebounds, David West scored 15 points and Indiana snapped a three-game skid.

George hit a 3-pointer from 35-feet to give the Pacers a 94-90 lead with 3:19 remaining and Indiana never trailed the rest of the way.

Bobcats 123, 76ers 93

At Philadelphia, Al Jefferson had 25 points and 10 rebounds to lead Charlotte past Philadelphia and closer to a playoff berth.

Gary Neal added 15 points for the Bobcats (37-38), who have the seventh-best record in the Eastern Conference.

Timberwolves 102, Grizzlies 88

At Minneapolis, Kevin Love had 24 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists for his third career triple-double and Minnesota dealt Memphis a loss it could ill afford.

Ricky Rubio had 14 points, seven assists and three steals and Kevin Martin scored 21 points for the Timberwolves, who are trying to play spoiler down the stretch of what has been a disappointing season.

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