Thursday night game round-up: San Antonio Spurs preserve unbeaten home record

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The San Antonio Spurs made it 34 games unbeaten at the AT&T Center this season as they saw off the Portland Trail Blazers 118-110.

The Spurs held a 17-point lead going into the final quarter but the Blazers were able to claw back some of the deficit in the final 12 minutes of basketball. 

Tony Parker finished with a double-double of 18 points and 16 assists to go with his two steals while Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge both ended the night with 22.

Backcourt duo Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum, once again, led Portland. The two guard shot 50 percent from the field on his way to 26. The 25-year-old point finished with 23.


The Toronto Raptors kept the pressure on the Cleveland Cavaliers at the top of the Eastern Conference with an impressive overtime win against the playoff-chasing Indiana Pacers.

DeMar DeRozan missed a game-winning two with less than a second remaining in regulation, but the makeshift forward and his usual backcourt partner did the business in OT.

Starting in the frontcourt, DeRozan ended with 28 points, the same as Kyle Lowry, but it was Bismack Biyombo's 25 boards that stood out as he dominated the glass.

Paul George and George Hill led the seventh-placed Indiana Pacers with 18 points a piece, and Myles Turner was their biggest rebounder with 10 on the night. 


The Charlotte Hornets made it nine wins in their previous ten games and continued to cement their playoff spot with a 109-106 win over conference rivals the Miami Heat.

Dwyane Wade missed a three to take the game to overtime and it means the franchises tie the four-game series at two apiece.

Kemba Walker and Al Jefferson both had 21 points for the Michael Jordan-owned organisation; Nicolas Batum also had 19.

For the Heat, who are fifth in the East, Luol Deng had 22 points. Josh Richardson was the next highest scorer with 18 off the bench.


The Atlanta Hawks made it four consecutive wins with their latest victory coming in a blowout over the Denver Nuggets. 

The Hawks are third in the East and nine games back from the Cavs after their win; the Nuggets are 6.5 games behind Dallas, who are eight in the West. 

Tim Hardaway Jr. led Atlanta with 21 points off 54.5 percent shooting while Paul Millsap had a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds.

D.J. Augustin had 17 off the bench for the Nuggets. Joffrey Lauvergne and Gary Harris also had good scoring nights as they finished with 16 and 15 respectively.


The Memphis Grizzlies lost their fourth consecutive game as they continue to fall away from the top four in the West.

The Milwaukee Bucks won 96-86 and made it six wins in their previous ten outings. 

Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 11 assists and 15 points on his way to a double-double. Greg Monroe also had a double as he ended the night with 14 points and ten rebounds.

Matt Barnes shot 38.9 percent from the field on his way to a game-high 20 points. Lance Stephenson had 19 and Tony Allen 13 but it was a disappointing night the Memphis bench, who combined for 17 points.

NETS 102, BULLS 118

The Chicago Bulls moved ahead of the Detroit Pistons in the East with a 16-point blowout victory over the Brooklyn Nets. 

The 118-102 W took the Bulls to eighth place in the conference and leaves the Nets with a record of 19-49.

Doug McDermott's MIP-contending season continued as he finished with 25 points off 50 percent shooting. He was backed up by Jimmy Butler's 22. Bobby Portis crashed the boards; he ended with 14 rebounds on a 12-point double-double.

Bojan Bogdanovic led the Nets with 22 points after his record-equalling night against the Sixers. Thaddeus Young also finished with a double-double of 14 rebounds and 16 points. 


A John Wall triple-double led the Washington Wizards to a 99-94 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers. 

The five-point win means the Wizards are just 1.5 back from the Bulls while the Sixers are 9-59.

Wall stuffed the stats sheet to end with 16 points, 14 assists, and 13 rebounds - shooting 100 percent from the stripe. Marcus Thornton shot 43.8 percent from the field for his 18 points.

Ish Smith had a game-high 20 points for the Sixers and Nerlens Noel ended with 16 points and 14 rebounds as Philly made a game of it, but in the end, the Wizards had too much. 

SUNS 69, JAZZ 103

The Utah Jazz kept up their pursuit of a playoff spot and made it four straight wins with the W over the Phoenix Suns. 

Phoenix had a terrible shooting night as the Jazz won 103-69, leaving Utah one game behind Dallas in eight. The Suns are now 18-50. 

Shelvin Mack had 15 points off 53.8 percent from the field to go with his 10 assists. Rudy Gobert also had 16 rebounds. 

The Suns struggled at the Vivint Smart Home Arena as just three players reached double-figures in points. Brandon Knight led the way with 17; shooting 50 percent from behind the arc.

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