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Monday, Dec. 20, 2010

Parker steers Spurs to another win

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Tony Parker scored 16 of his 37 points in the fourth quarter and overtime, leading the San Antonio Spurs to their eighth straight victory, 112-106 over the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday night.

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In control: Spurs guard Tony Parker toyed with Grizzlies defenders, including Mike Conley (left) and Tony Allen, all night on Saturday. Parker scored 37 points in San Antonio's 112-106 overtime triumph. AP PHOTO

Parker was 15-for-21 from the field, putting up a season high while scoring nine of San Antonio's final 10 points in regulation. His in-close shot with 1:01 left in overtime also helped seal a third straight down-to-the-wire Spurs victory.

"As long as we're winning," Parker of another nailbiter, "I'm OK with it."

Zach Randolph had 24 points and 21 rebounds for Memphis. The Grizzlies played without leading scorer Rudy Gay, who was serving a one-game suspension following his ejection Friday night in a loss at Houston.

O.J. Mayo led Memphis with 27 points and hit a game-tying 3-pointer with 21 seconds left that forced the Spurs into overtime.

Following two straight game-winners by Manu Ginobili, San Antonio had a chance for another buzzer-beater at the end of regulation. But Richard Jefferson shot an airball on a mid-range shot as time expired, taking the shot after Tim Duncan passed up a short jumper.

Duncan had 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

Ginobili, who hit the game-winner as time expired Wednesday against Milwaukee and also hit the winning shot Thursday at Denver, scored 13 points. The Argentine had the ball again in his hands to the start the final Spurs possession in regulation, but this time passed to Duncan on a pick-and-roll.

The Grizzlies left Texas with back-to-back losses after they arrived winners of four straight.

Heat 95, Wizards 94

In Washington, LeBron James and Chris Bosh got away with contact on Kirk Hinrich on a potential game-winning layup, letting the Heat escape with a win over the last-place Wizards, who nearly pulled off the upset without John Wall and the just-traded Gilbert Arenas.

The Heat's winning streak now stands at 12. The Wizards have lost seven straight.

Dwyane Wade made a pair of free throws with 7.9 seconds to play to give the Heat their first lead of the fourth quarter. It came after Hinrich made one of two for the Wizards with 13 seconds to go.

James had 32 points, seven rebounds and six assists, shooting 9-for-19 from the field with a pair of jump-shot air balls in the second half.

Wade and Bosh both finished with 20 points.

76ers 97, Magic 89

In Orlando, Lou Williams scored 24 points, Andre Iguodala had 21 and Philadelphia beat the undermanned Magic.

Elton Brand finished with 20 points to help the Sixers to a relatively easy victory on a day the Magic made a pair of blockbuster moves to overhaul their roster.

Dwight Howard had 26 points and 20 rebounds, and Brandon Bass had 18 points for Orlando.

Clippers 100, Bulls 99

In Chicago, Blake Griffin scored 29 points and Vinny Del Negro made a triumphant return to the United Center as Los Angeles stopped the Bulls' seven-game winning streak.

Chicago guard Derrick Rose, fouled with 0.8 seconds remaining as he drove to the basket, hit the first free throw but missed the second with a chance to tie, giving the Clippers their second road win in two nights.

Rose led the Bulls with 34 points. Griffin also had 12 rebounds for his 15th straight double-double.

Cavaliers 109, Knicks 102 (OT)

In Cleveland, Mo Williams scored 23 points, including the tying basket late in regulation and six points in overtime, and the Cavs snapped a 10-game losing streak by beating New York.

Antawn Jamison, who added 21 points, and Anderson Varejao each made two baskets in the extra session as Cleveland broke its longest losing streak since the 2002-03 season.

Amare Stoudemire and Raymond Felton each scored 23 points for the Knicks, who have lost three straight after winning 13 of 14.

Jazz 95, Bucks 86

In Milwaukee, Deron Williams scored 22 points and added 11 assists, leading Utah past the Bucks and overcoming a double-digit deficit for the ninth time this season.

Nuggets 115, T-Wolves 113

In Denver, Carmelo Anthony scored 24 points and had a key block to help the Nuggets withstand Kevin Love's career-high 43-point performance for a victory over Minnesota.

Ty Lawson added 23 points and J.R. Smith had 18 for the Nuggets, who dealt the short-handed Timberwolves their 11th straight road loss.

Michael Beasley had 17 points for Minnesota.

Trail Blazers 96, Warriors 95

In Portland, LaMarcus Aldridge had 17 points and 12 rebounds as the short-handed Blazers held off Golden State.

Monta Ellis, who led the Warriors with 26 points, had a chance to win it but his long jumper with 0.8 seconds left was off the mark.

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