Philly Is Closing on Infamy
The 76ers' Michael Carter-Williams (1), Henry Sims (35), Elliot Williams (25) and Thaddeus Young (21) return to the court following a timeout during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, Monday, March 24, 2014, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 113-91 giving the 76ers their 25th consecutive loss. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
San Antonio — Austin Daye had 22 points and Tim Duncan added 19 as the San Antonio Spurs earned their 14th straight win with a 113-91 victory Monday night that sent the Philadelphia 76ers to their 25th consecutive loss.
Philadelphia will face Houston on Thursday with the dubious distinction of being a loss shy of tying the NBA record for consecutive losses set by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2010-11.
Kawhi Leonard and Patty Mills scored 15 points each and Cory Joseph added 12 for San Antonio, which maintained the league’s best record at 54-16. The Spurs did not play starters Tony Parker, Tiago Splitter and Danny Green, but did not need them against the lowly 76ers.
Thaddeus Young and Michael Carter-Williams each scored 19 points, Byron Mullens added 15 and Elliot Williams had 14 for Philadelphia (15-56).
Rockets 100, Bobcats 89
Charlotte, n.c. — James Harden scored 31 points, Dwight Howard had a double-double in his return to the court and Houston defeated Charlotte for its fourth straight win.
Harden had 14 points in the pivotal third quarter and finished 11-of-19 from the field.
Terrence Jones added 18 points and seven rebounds in the victory.
Heat 93, Trail Blazers 91
Miami — LeBron James scored 32 points, including a layup with 11.4 seconds left, and Chris Bosh capped his 30th birthday by blocking Damian Lillard’s layup in the final moments as Miami escaped from Portland.
Bosh finished with 15 points and Chris Andersen had 13 points and 11 rebounds for Miami, which won for just the fifth time in 12 games. Mario Chalmers added 11 points for the Heat.
Suns 102, Hawks 95
Atlanta — Eric Bledsoe scored 20 points to lead five Phoenix players in double figures and the Suns won their fourth in a row, beating Atlanta to pull even with Dallas for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
The Suns buried the Hawks from 3-point range, knocking down 12-of-24 beyond the arc. Bledsoe made all three of his long-range attempts, while Channing Frye was 4-of-9 to account for the bulk of his 18 points. Goran Dragic had 19 points, Markieff Morris 17 and Gerald Green 13.
Bulls 89, Pacers 77
Chicago — Taj Gibson led five players in double figures with 23 points and Chicago brushed off a poor offensive first half to rally for a victory over Indiana.
Kirk Hinrich had 18 points on 7-for-13 shooting, Mike Dunleavy scored 13, Jimmy Butler 12 and Joakim Noah added 10 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.
Thunder 117, Nuggets 96
Oklahoma City — Kevin Durant had 27 points and eight assists to help Oklahoma City defeat Denver.
Caron Butler scored 23 points, his highest total since the Thunder added him right after the trade deadline. Reggie Jackson had 16 points and a career-high 11 assists, and Serge Ibaka added 15 points and seven rebounds for the Thunder, who won their fourth straight.
Grizzlies 109 Timberwolves 92
Memphis, Tenn. — Mike Conley had 23 points and six assists, Marc Gasol added 14 and 12 rebounds and Memphis built an early lead and easily dispatched shorthanded Minnesota.
Zach Randolph finished with 17 points for Memphis, while Tayshaun Prince and Ed Davis added 12 points apiece. Mike Miller scored 11 as Memphis won its 10th straight home game.
Pelicans 109 Nets 104 (ot)
New Orleans — Tyreke Evans scored a season-high 33 points and undermanned New Orleans ralled from 22 down in the third quarter, beating Brooklyn in overtime.
Evans scored 14 as New Orleans closed the third period on a 29-10 run to get back in the game. Anthony Morrow, who did not score until the final 2 minutes of regulation, had 11 points the rest of the way as the Pelicans completed their comeback.
Morrow hit a 3-pointer to give New Orleans a 106-100 lead in overtime and sealed the victory with another 3 to make it 109-102 with 54.5 seconds left.
Anthony Davis added 24 points and 14 rebounds for the Pelicans.
Paul Pierce had 24 points and Deron Williams 23 for the Nets, who lost for the first time in five games after winning at Dallas in overtime Sunday.