Spurs Down Thunder – NBA Roundup For March 12th
UNDATED (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs have maintained sole possession of the NBA's Western Conference lead by ending Oklahoma City's five-game winning streak.
Tiago (tee-AH'-goh) Splitter had 21 points and 10 rebounds in the Spurs' 105-93 win over the Thunder. Kawhi (kah-WY') Leonard scored 17 points and Danny Green had 16 as the Spurs bounced back from their second-worst home loss ever.
The Thunder were outscored 35-18 in the second quarter after carrying a 10-point lead into the period. Kevin Durant finished with a game-high 26 points and Russell Westbrook added 25 as Oklahoma City fell two games behind the Spurs.
In other NBA action, Denver has a nine-game winning streak after Kosta Koufos scored a career-high 22 points on 10-of-11 shooting in a 108-93 rout of Phoenix. Corey Brewer added 20 points and Ty Lawson 19 as the Nuggets matched their longest winning streak of the season.
Stephen Curry followed up his 54-point performance against New York two weeks ago by scoring 26 in Golden State's 92-63 laugher against the Knicks. Former Knick David Lee added 21 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.
Mo Williams scored 20 points and the Utah Jazz ended a four-game skid by beating Detroit 103-90. Al Jefferson's 16 points helped the Jazz pull into a tie with the Los Angeles Lakers for the final Western Conference playoff berth.
Spencer Hawes and Jrue Holliday each had double-doubles as the Philadelphia 76ers downed Brooklyn 106-97. Hawes finished with a season-high 24 points and 10 rebounds, while Holliday contributed 15 points and 11 assists. The Nets ended a three-game winning streak despite 27 points and 13 assists from Deron Williams.
UNDATED (AP) — Cavaliers All-Star guard Kyrie (ky-REE') Irving could miss the next month with a sprained left shoulder. Irving sprained his shoulder Sunday night in a loss to Toronto. Irving, who has already missed 14 games this season with a broken finger and hyperextended knee, missed 14 games last season when he was chosen the league's top rookie.
And New York Knicks big man Amare Stoudemire has undergone surgery on his right knee. The team says Stoudemire is expected to miss at least six weeks.