Sizzling Spurs extend streak to 11

SAN ANTONIO — Running down how the San Antonio Spurs won their 11th game in a row, Manu Ginobili threw in a mention of Richard Jefferson's 3-pointer in the fourth.

"Thank you, Manu," Jefferson piped up from the next locker over.

The timing was perfect. Just the way everything is going for the NBA's hottest team.

Tony Parker had 24 points and 10 assists, and the Spurs continued their best start in franchise history with a 106-97 victory over the Orlando Magic on Monday night, improving their NBA-best record to 12-1 while surviving their stiffest test yet.

"The first five, six games were not against great teams," said Ginobili, who scored 25 points. "But now we've beat Utah, Phoenix and now Orlando at home, which is always a tough matchup for us."

Beating Orlando was a validating win on this streak for the Spurs, none of whom were about to declare themselves the NBA's best team afterward.

Orlando (9-4), meanwhile, missed a chance for a reassuring victory of its own.

Vince Carter left the game midway through the fourth after scoring the last of his eight points on a layup. Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said trainers were looking at Carter's knee, though he had no word immediately after the game about Carter's condition.

Dwight Howard had 26 points and 18 rebounds, and afterward, pinned the loss on a pair of costly giveaways in the waning minutes. Trailing 97-95 with under two minutes left, Jammer Nelson lost the ball out of bounds.

Pacers 93, Heat 77

At Miami, Danny Granger had 20 points and 11 rebounds, Brandon Rush added 20 points and Indiana topped Miami in the worst shooting game of Dwyane Wade's career.

Wade finished with three points on 1-for-13 shooting. He had never shot so poorly when taking at least 13 tries, and the point total was the third-lowest of his career.

Celtics 99, Hawks 76

At Atlanta, Nate Robinson had 16 points and 10 assists filling in for Rajon Rondo and Boston raced to a 26-point lead in the first quarter on the way to the rout.

Atlanta missed five of its first six shots, and Boston had a double-digit lead before the game was 4 minutes old. Shaquille O'Neal's dunk made it 13-3, prompting the first of three timeouts coach Larry Drew called in the opening quarter in a desperate attempts to slow the Celtics.

Jazz 94, Kings 83

At Salt Lake City, C.J. Miles scored 20 points and Al Jefferson added 19 to help Utah beat Sacramento.

After hitting five 3-pointers in the fourth quarter in a comeback win over Portland on Saturday, Miles keyed two runs that gave the Jazz their third win in the past four starts.

Suns 123, Rockets 116

At Houston, Steve Nash had 24 points and nine assists to help Phoenix snap a three-game losing streak with a win over Houston.

Nash played 37 minutes, showing no lingering effects from the groin injury that sidelined him for the Suns' previous two games.

Thunder 117, Timberwolves 107

At Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant and Jeff Green returned from injuries and powered Oklahoma City to its fifth consecutive victory.

Durant scored 28 points and Green had 24, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 54.7 seconds left.

Kevin Love had 24 points and 17 rebounds for Minnesota (4-11), which has lost four of five.

Clippers 99, Hornets 95

At Los Angeles, Eric Gordon scored 27 points, including a pair of clinching free throws with 4.7 seconds left, and Blake Griffin added 24 points and 13 rebounds to help the Clippers beat the Hornets.

Griffin recorded his eighth double-double.

Nuggets 106, Warriors 89

At Oakland, Calif., Carmelo Anthony scored a season-high 39 points, Al Harrington added 19 against his former team and the Nuggets beat the Warriors to snap a four-game road losing streak.

Anthony struggled with his shooting early but was a career-best 17-for-17 at the free throw line. He also had nine rebounds and five assists to help the Nuggets to their seven straight win over the Warriors.

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