Bonner Helps Spurs Past Hobbling Hawks
Atlanta — Tony Parker had 23 points and 12 assists, and the San Antonio Spurs held off the short-handed Atlanta Hawks 98-93 last night for their fourth straight victory.
Concord native Matt Bonner added 17 points, and Kawhi Leonard and Tiago Splitter each had 14 for the Spurs.
The Hawks announced about 90 minutes before the game that guard Lou Williams faces season-ending surgery for a torn ACL in his right knee.
Then they lost guard Devin Harris to a sprained left ankle in the third quarter.
Spurs forward Tim Duncan was not in uniform as he was given the night off by coach Gregg Popovich.
Warriors 116, Hornets 112
New Orleans — Klay Thompson had a season-high 29 points, Jarrett Jack scored seven of his 25 in the final minute and Golden State beat New Orleans.
The Warriors trailed 110-108 in a topsy-turvy game when Jack hit two free throws with 52 seconds left to tie the score. He converted a tough floater to give Golden State a 112-110 lead, and he finished off the Hornets with three free throws.
Minneapolis — Chris Johnson and Mickael Gelabale signed 10-day contracts with Minnesota yesterday morning, then scored the first 23 points of the fourth quarter to lift the Timberwolves over slumping Houston.
Johnson, signed from Santa Cruz of the NBA Development League, scored 13 of his 15 points in the fourth.
Kings 97, Bobcats 93
Charlotte, n.c. — Marcus Thornton scored 18 points off the bench, Tyreke Evans came up big down the stretch, and the Kings held on to beat Charlotte for their third win in four games.
After scoring just 69 points in a 16-point loss to Memphis a night earlier, the Kings made sure there would be not be another offensive letdown.
They led most of the way but needed a late burst from Evans, who scored six of the team’s last nine points in the final four minutes.