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Spurs Fined $250,000

Stern: Team Did ‘Disservice’ by Resting Stars

  • San Antonio Spurs' Gary Neal (14) is fouled by Miami Heat's Udonis Haslem (40) in the first half of an NBA basketball game on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, in Miami. ( AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

    San Antonio Spurs' Gary Neal (14) is fouled by Miami Heat's Udonis Haslem (40) in the first half of an NBA basketball game on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, in Miami. ( AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

  • San Antonio Spurs' Gary Neal (14) is fouled by Miami Heat's Udonis Haslem (40) in the first half of an NBA basketball game on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, in Miami. ( AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

    San Antonio Spurs' Gary Neal (14) is fouled by Miami Heat's Udonis Haslem (40) in the first half of an NBA basketball game on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, in Miami. ( AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

  • ** FILE ** Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Erik Bedard throws against the Texas Rangers in an opening day baseball game in this  March 31, 2008 file photo at Safeco Field in Seattle. Bedard knows he will be the center of attention when he returns to Baltimore this weekend and starts at Camden Yards on Sunday. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

    ** FILE ** Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Erik Bedard throws against the Texas Rangers in an opening day baseball game in this March 31, 2008 file photo at Safeco Field in Seattle. Bedard knows he will be the center of attention when he returns to Baltimore this weekend and starts at Camden Yards on Sunday. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

  • FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2006 file photo, St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa waves to fans with his wife, Elaine, after the Cardinals won the World Series with a 4-2, Game 5 win over the Detroit Tigers,  in St. Louis. La Russa retired as manager of the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday, Oct. 31, 2011, three days after winning a dramatic, seven-game World Series against the Texas Rangers. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)

    FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2006 file photo, St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa waves to fans with his wife, Elaine, after the Cardinals won the World Series with a 4-2, Game 5 win over the Detroit Tigers, in St. Louis. La Russa retired as manager of the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday, Oct. 31, 2011, three days after winning a dramatic, seven-game World Series against the Texas Rangers. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)

  • File - In this May 10, 1966, file photo, World Heavyweight Boxing champion Muhammad Ali, right, looks on as his hands are taped by trainer Angelo Dundee, left, before sparing with Jimmy Ellis during a training session at the Territorial Army Centre in White City, London, England. Dundee, the trainer who helped groom Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard into world champions and became one of boxing's most recognizable figures, died Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012. He was 90. (AP Photo/Kemp, File)

    File - In this May 10, 1966, file photo, World Heavyweight Boxing champion Muhammad Ali, right, looks on as his hands are taped by trainer Angelo Dundee, left, before sparing with Jimmy Ellis during a training session at the Territorial Army Centre in White City, London, England. Dundee, the trainer who helped groom Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard into world champions and became one of boxing's most recognizable figures, died Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012. He was 90. (AP Photo/Kemp, File)

  • FILE - In this Feb. 16, 1984 file photo, American skier Bill Johnson is all smiles after he won the gold medal in men's downhill competition at the Winter Olympics games on Mt. Bjelansnica near Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzogovina. A series of strokes over the past few years have all but immobilized Johnson, the skier who once lived life on the edge. His brash confidence, movie-star charisma and rebellious attitude made him a fan favorite at the 1984 Olympics, when he became the first American to capture the downhill crown. (AP Photo/File)

    FILE - In this Feb. 16, 1984 file photo, American skier Bill Johnson is all smiles after he won the gold medal in men's downhill competition at the Winter Olympics games on Mt. Bjelansnica near Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzogovina. A series of strokes over the past few years have all but immobilized Johnson, the skier who once lived life on the edge. His brash confidence, movie-star charisma and rebellious attitude made him a fan favorite at the 1984 Olympics, when he became the first American to capture the downhill crown. (AP Photo/File)

  • FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2012 file photo, Bode Miller, of the United States, looks at the scoreboard after finishing third in a alpine ski, men's World Cup super-combined, in Wengen, Switzerland. Miller will undergo another surgery on his balky left knee and miss the remainder of the World Cup season. (AP Photo/Marco Trovati, File)

    FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2012 file photo, Bode Miller, of the United States, looks at the scoreboard after finishing third in a alpine ski, men's World Cup super-combined, in Wengen, Switzerland. Miller will undergo another surgery on his balky left knee and miss the remainder of the World Cup season. (AP Photo/Marco Trovati, File)

  • In this image posted to Miami Heat basketball player LeBron James' Twitter page, Miami Heat players wear team hoodies. Heat stars Dwyane Wade and James decided, Thursday, March 22, 2012, to make their reactions about the Trayvon Martin situation public, and James felt the best way to do that was the team photo with everyone wearing hoodies. Martin, an unarmed black teenager wearing a hooded sweat shirt, was shot to death on Feb. 26, 2012, in Sanford, Fla. by a neighborhood crime-watch volunteer. (AP Photo/LeBron James via Twitter)

    In this image posted to Miami Heat basketball player LeBron James' Twitter page, Miami Heat players wear team hoodies. Heat stars Dwyane Wade and James decided, Thursday, March 22, 2012, to make their reactions about the Trayvon Martin situation public, and James felt the best way to do that was the team photo with everyone wearing hoodies. Martin, an unarmed black teenager wearing a hooded sweat shirt, was shot to death on Feb. 26, 2012, in Sanford, Fla. by a neighborhood crime-watch volunteer. (AP Photo/LeBron James via Twitter)

  • In this image posted to Miami Heat basketball player LeBron James' Twitter page, Miami Heat players wear team hoodies. Heat stars Dwyane Wade and James decided, Thursday, March 22, 2012, to make their reactions about the Trayvon Martin situation public, and James felt the best way to do that was the team photo with everyone wearing hoodies. Martin, an unarmed black teenager wearing a hooded sweat shirt, was shot to death on Feb. 26, 2012, in Sanford, Fla. by a neighborhood crime-watch volunteer. (AP Photo/LeBron James via Twitter)

    In this image posted to Miami Heat basketball player LeBron James' Twitter page, Miami Heat players wear team hoodies. Heat stars Dwyane Wade and James decided, Thursday, March 22, 2012, to make their reactions about the Trayvon Martin situation public, and James felt the best way to do that was the team photo with everyone wearing hoodies. Martin, an unarmed black teenager wearing a hooded sweat shirt, was shot to death on Feb. 26, 2012, in Sanford, Fla. by a neighborhood crime-watch volunteer. (AP Photo/LeBron James via Twitter)

  • FILE - In this March 7, 2011, file photo, former heavyweight boxing champion Joe Frazier is introduced to the crowd at a New York Knicks NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz at Madison Square Garden, in New York. Frazier is seriously ill with liver cancer. His personal and business manager says Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011, the 67-year-old boxer was diagnosed four or five weeks ago and is under hospice care.  (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File)

    FILE - In this March 7, 2011, file photo, former heavyweight boxing champion Joe Frazier is introduced to the crowd at a New York Knicks NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz at Madison Square Garden, in New York. Frazier is seriously ill with liver cancer. His personal and business manager says Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011, the 67-year-old boxer was diagnosed four or five weeks ago and is under hospice care. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File)

  • FILE - These are 2011 file photos showing Trent Richardson, Alabama; Robert Griffin III, Baylor; and Andrew Luck, Stanford. Richardson, Griffin and Luck are among the players expected to receive invites to the Heisman Trophy presentation when the finalists are announced. (AP Photo/File)

    FILE - These are 2011 file photos showing Trent Richardson, Alabama; Robert Griffin III, Baylor; and Andrew Luck, Stanford. Richardson, Griffin and Luck are among the players expected to receive invites to the Heisman Trophy presentation when the finalists are announced. (AP Photo/File)

  • FILE - In this file photo taken Jan. 19, 2011, Orlando Magic's Brandon Bass grabs a rebound during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers in Orlando, Fla. Bass has become a full-time starter and could be the key if Orlando is going to make a deep playoff run. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

    FILE - In this file photo taken Jan. 19, 2011, Orlando Magic's Brandon Bass grabs a rebound during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers in Orlando, Fla. Bass has become a full-time starter and could be the key if Orlando is going to make a deep playoff run. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

  • FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2009, file photo, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice carries the ball during the first half of a NFL football game against the New England Patriots in Foxborough, Mass. The Ravens are slated to play the Patriots in the AFC championship on Sunday, Jan. 22, in Foxborough. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson, File)

    FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2009, file photo, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice carries the ball during the first half of a NFL football game against the New England Patriots in Foxborough, Mass. The Ravens are slated to play the Patriots in the AFC championship on Sunday, Jan. 22, in Foxborough. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson, File)

  • FILE - This Jan. 22, 2011 file photo shows San Antonio Spurs, from left,  guard Manu Ginobili, of Argentina, Richard Jefferson, Tim Duncan and Tony Parker, of France, watching action from the bench in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Hornets in New Orleans. The Spurs played without Duncan, Parker, Ginobili and Danny Green Thursday night, Nov. 29, 2012 against the Miami Heat in Miami, all sent back to San Antonio by coach Gregg Popovich, who said the move was in his team's best interest. NBA Commissioner David Stern called the decision "unacceptable," apologizing to fans and saying that sanctions against the Spurs will be forthcoming. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, FIle)

    FILE - This Jan. 22, 2011 file photo shows San Antonio Spurs, from left, guard Manu Ginobili, of Argentina, Richard Jefferson, Tim Duncan and Tony Parker, of France, watching action from the bench in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Hornets in New Orleans. The Spurs played without Duncan, Parker, Ginobili and Danny Green Thursday night, Nov. 29, 2012 against the Miami Heat in Miami, all sent back to San Antonio by coach Gregg Popovich, who said the move was in his team's best interest. NBA Commissioner David Stern called the decision "unacceptable," apologizing to fans and saying that sanctions against the Spurs will be forthcoming. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, FIle)

  • FILE - This Jan. 22, 2011 file photo shows San Antonio Spurs, from left,  guard Manu Ginobili, of Argentina, Richard Jefferson, Tim Duncan and Tony Parker, of France, watching action from the bench in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Hornets in New Orleans. The Spurs played without Duncan, Parker, Ginobili and Danny Green Thursday night, Nov. 29, 2012 against the Miami Heat in Miami, all sent back to San Antonio by coach Gregg Popovich, who said the move was in his team's best interest. NBA Commissioner David Stern called the decision "unacceptable," apologizing to fans and saying that sanctions against the Spurs will be forthcoming. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, FIle)

    FILE - This Jan. 22, 2011 file photo shows San Antonio Spurs, from left, guard Manu Ginobili, of Argentina, Richard Jefferson, Tim Duncan and Tony Parker, of France, watching action from the bench in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Hornets in New Orleans. The Spurs played without Duncan, Parker, Ginobili and Danny Green Thursday night, Nov. 29, 2012 against the Miami Heat in Miami, all sent back to San Antonio by coach Gregg Popovich, who said the move was in his team's best interest. NBA Commissioner David Stern called the decision "unacceptable," apologizing to fans and saying that sanctions against the Spurs will be forthcoming. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, FIle)

  • San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich watches from the sideline in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, in Miami. Miami won 105-100. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

    San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich watches from the sideline in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, in Miami. Miami won 105-100. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

  • San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich watches from the sideline in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, in Miami. Miami won 105-100. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

    San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich watches from the sideline in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, in Miami. Miami won 105-100. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

  • Miami Heat forward LeBron James shoots against Indiana Pacers guard Darren Collison (2) during the second half of Game 1 in an NBA basketball Eastern Conference semifinal playoff series, Sunday, April 13, 2012, in Miami. James scored 32 points and grabbed 15 rebounds as the Heat won 95-86. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

    Miami Heat forward LeBron James shoots against Indiana Pacers guard Darren Collison (2) during the second half of Game 1 in an NBA basketball Eastern Conference semifinal playoff series, Sunday, April 13, 2012, in Miami. James scored 32 points and grabbed 15 rebounds as the Heat won 95-86. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

  • New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony, left, and Washington Wizards' Martell Webster chase a loose ball in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Friday, Nov. 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)

    New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony, left, and Washington Wizards' Martell Webster chase a loose ball in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Friday, Nov. 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)

  • San Antonio Spurs' Gary Neal (14) is fouled by Miami Heat's Udonis Haslem (40) in the first half of an NBA basketball game on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, in Miami. ( AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
  • San Antonio Spurs' Gary Neal (14) is fouled by Miami Heat's Udonis Haslem (40) in the first half of an NBA basketball game on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, in Miami. ( AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
  • ** FILE ** Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Erik Bedard throws against the Texas Rangers in an opening day baseball game in this  March 31, 2008 file photo at Safeco Field in Seattle. Bedard knows he will be the center of attention when he returns to Baltimore this weekend and starts at Camden Yards on Sunday. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
  • FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2006 file photo, St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa waves to fans with his wife, Elaine, after the Cardinals won the World Series with a 4-2, Game 5 win over the Detroit Tigers,  in St. Louis. La Russa retired as manager of the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday, Oct. 31, 2011, three days after winning a dramatic, seven-game World Series against the Texas Rangers. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)
  • File - In this May 10, 1966, file photo, World Heavyweight Boxing champion Muhammad Ali, right, looks on as his hands are taped by trainer Angelo Dundee, left, before sparing with Jimmy Ellis during a training session at the Territorial Army Centre in White City, London, England. Dundee, the trainer who helped groom Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard into world champions and became one of boxing's most recognizable figures, died Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012. He was 90. (AP Photo/Kemp, File)
  • FILE - In this Feb. 16, 1984 file photo, American skier Bill Johnson is all smiles after he won the gold medal in men's downhill competition at the Winter Olympics games on Mt. Bjelansnica near Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzogovina. A series of strokes over the past few years have all but immobilized Johnson, the skier who once lived life on the edge. His brash confidence, movie-star charisma and rebellious attitude made him a fan favorite at the 1984 Olympics, when he became the first American to capture the downhill crown. (AP Photo/File)
  • FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2012 file photo, Bode Miller, of the United States, looks at the scoreboard after finishing third in a alpine ski, men's World Cup super-combined, in Wengen, Switzerland. Miller will undergo another surgery on his balky left knee and miss the remainder of the World Cup season. (AP Photo/Marco Trovati, File)
  • In this image posted to Miami Heat basketball player LeBron James' Twitter page, Miami Heat players wear team hoodies. Heat stars Dwyane Wade and James decided, Thursday, March 22, 2012, to make their reactions about the Trayvon Martin situation public, and James felt the best way to do that was the team photo with everyone wearing hoodies. Martin, an unarmed black teenager wearing a hooded sweat shirt, was shot to death on Feb. 26, 2012, in Sanford, Fla. by a neighborhood crime-watch volunteer. (AP Photo/LeBron James via Twitter)
  • In this image posted to Miami Heat basketball player LeBron James' Twitter page, Miami Heat players wear team hoodies. Heat stars Dwyane Wade and James decided, Thursday, March 22, 2012, to make their reactions about the Trayvon Martin situation public, and James felt the best way to do that was the team photo with everyone wearing hoodies. Martin, an unarmed black teenager wearing a hooded sweat shirt, was shot to death on Feb. 26, 2012, in Sanford, Fla. by a neighborhood crime-watch volunteer. (AP Photo/LeBron James via Twitter)
  • FILE - In this March 7, 2011, file photo, former heavyweight boxing champion Joe Frazier is introduced to the crowd at a New York Knicks NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz at Madison Square Garden, in New York. Frazier is seriously ill with liver cancer. His personal and business manager says Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011, the 67-year-old boxer was diagnosed four or five weeks ago and is under hospice care.  (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File)
  • FILE - These are 2011 file photos showing Trent Richardson, Alabama; Robert Griffin III, Baylor; and Andrew Luck, Stanford. Richardson, Griffin and Luck are among the players expected to receive invites to the Heisman Trophy presentation when the finalists are announced. (AP Photo/File)
  • FILE - In this file photo taken Jan. 19, 2011, Orlando Magic's Brandon Bass grabs a rebound during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers in Orlando, Fla. Bass has become a full-time starter and could be the key if Orlando is going to make a deep playoff run. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)
  • FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2009, file photo, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice carries the ball during the first half of a NFL football game against the New England Patriots in Foxborough, Mass. The Ravens are slated to play the Patriots in the AFC championship on Sunday, Jan. 22, in Foxborough. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson, File)
  • FILE - This Jan. 22, 2011 file photo shows San Antonio Spurs, from left,  guard Manu Ginobili, of Argentina, Richard Jefferson, Tim Duncan and Tony Parker, of France, watching action from the bench in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Hornets in New Orleans. The Spurs played without Duncan, Parker, Ginobili and Danny Green Thursday night, Nov. 29, 2012 against the Miami Heat in Miami, all sent back to San Antonio by coach Gregg Popovich, who said the move was in his team's best interest. NBA Commissioner David Stern called the decision "unacceptable," apologizing to fans and saying that sanctions against the Spurs will be forthcoming. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, FIle)
  • FILE - This Jan. 22, 2011 file photo shows San Antonio Spurs, from left,  guard Manu Ginobili, of Argentina, Richard Jefferson, Tim Duncan and Tony Parker, of France, watching action from the bench in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Hornets in New Orleans. The Spurs played without Duncan, Parker, Ginobili and Danny Green Thursday night, Nov. 29, 2012 against the Miami Heat in Miami, all sent back to San Antonio by coach Gregg Popovich, who said the move was in his team's best interest. NBA Commissioner David Stern called the decision "unacceptable," apologizing to fans and saying that sanctions against the Spurs will be forthcoming. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, FIle)
  • San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich watches from the sideline in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, in Miami. Miami won 105-100. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
  • San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich watches from the sideline in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, in Miami. Miami won 105-100. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
  • Miami Heat forward LeBron James shoots against Indiana Pacers guard Darren Collison (2) during the second half of Game 1 in an NBA basketball Eastern Conference semifinal playoff series, Sunday, April 13, 2012, in Miami. James scored 32 points and grabbed 15 rebounds as the Heat won 95-86. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
  • New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony, left, and Washington Wizards' Martell Webster chase a loose ball in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Friday, Nov. 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)

Gregg Popovich sent his best players home, deciding they reached the end of the road before the trip was over.

For that, and for keeping it a secret, the San Antonio Spurs were fined $250,000 by the NBA yesterday.

Commissioner David Stern said the Spurs “did a disservice to the league and our fans” when they didn’t bring Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili or Danny Green to Miami for the final game of the six-game trip.

“The result here is dictated by the totality of the facts in this case,” Stern said in a statement. “The Spurs decided to make four of their top players unavailable for an early-season game that was the team’s only regular-season visit to Miami. The team also did this without informing the Heat, the media, or the league office in a timely way. Under these circumstances, I have concluded that the Spurs did a disservice to the league and our fans.”

Teams are required to report as soon as they know a player will not travel because of injury.

The league’s statement said the Spurs were in violation of league policy reviewed with the board of governors in April 2010 against resting players in a manner “contrary to the best interests of the NBA.”

The Spurs didn’t comment on the penalty.

The issue of resting healthy players has been debated before, though usually at the end of the season, not a month into it. And the Spurs have been right at the center of it, Popovich using the rest strategy for an aging team that could use more time off than the NBA schedule often allows.

They even made a joke out of it last season, the box score listing “OLD” next to the 36-year-old Duncan’s name as the reason he didn’t play.

Stern wasn’t laughing Thursday.

He has a nearly $5 billion a year industry to protect and can’t like it when teams aren’t willing to put their best product on display in a marquee game televised by national TV partner TNT.

Grizzlies 90, Pistons 78

Memphis, Tenn. — Rudy Gay had 18 points, Marc Gasol and Mike Conley added 17 each, and the Grizzlies won their fourth straight.

Darrell Arthur added 11 points for Memphis, while Jerryd Bayless scored 10 points. Gasol added 11 rebounds.

Timberwolves 95, Bucks 85

Minneapolis — Alexey Shved scored 10 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter and Kevin Love overcame a nasty stomach bug to collect 15 points and 14 rebounds in the Timberwolves’ victory over Milwaukee.

Nikola Pekovic had 14 points and tied a career high with 16 rebounds and J.J. Barea added 15 points and five assists for the Wolves, who are getting star guard Ricky Rubio back at practice this weekend for the first time since he tore an ACL last March.

Cavaliers 113, Hawks 111

Atlanta — Alonzo Gee scored on a putback with less than 1 second remaining, lifting Cleveland over Atlanta.

Gee rebounded a missed 3-pointer by Dion Waiters and quickly followed up with the winning shot.

Thunder 104, Jazz 96

Oklahoma City — Kevin Durant scored 25 points, Russell Westbrook made a two-pronged bid for his sixth career triple-double and Oklahoma City finished off an impressive homestand.

Oklahoma City won all three games by double digits and made a bid to win three in a row by at least 20 points for the first time in 25 years before a late charge by the Jazz.

Nets 98, Magic 86

Orlando, Fla. — Joe Johnson had 22 points and the Nets earned their fifth straight victory.

Gerald Wallace added 20 points, including five 3-pointers, as all five Nets starters reached double figures.

Knicks 108, Wizards 87

New York — Carmelo Anthony and JR Smith each scored 20 points, and the Knicks beat Washington for the 10th straight time.

Tyson Chandler and Ronnie Brewer each added 12 points for the Knicks, who improved to 6-0 at home and also beat the Wizards for the ninth straight time at Madison Square Garden.

Raptors 101, Suns 97

Toronto — DeMar DeRozan scored 23 points, Amir Johnson added 16, and Toronto beat Phoenix to snap a six-game losing streak.

Kyle Lowry scored 15 points, and Jose Calderon had 13 points and nine assists for the Raptors, who ended Phoenix’s seven-game winning streak in Toronto..

76ers 104, Bobcats 98

Charlotte, n.c. — Evan Turner scored 25 points, Jason Richardson hit four 3-pointers down the stretch and Philadelphia beat Charlotte.

Jrue Holliday added 13 points and a career-high 15 assists for Philadelphia, which shot 51 percent from the field. Richardson had 14 of his 22 points in the final period, and Turner was 10 of 15 from the field for the game.