Printed on: February 19, 2014

Mills, Spurs sink Clippers


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LOS ANGELES -- Patty Mills scored 16 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, Tim Duncan had 19 points and 13 rebounds during a foul-plagued 38 minutes, and the San Antonio Spurs charged out of the All-Star break with a 113-103 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night.

The Spurs played without six-time All-Star Tony Parker, whom coach Gregg Popovich said would be sidelined "for the foreseeable future" because of numerous aches and pains -- including a bruised shin, a groin strain and lower back spasms. The 13-year veteran point guard, who played 11 minutes in Sunday's All-Star game, is the Spurs' leading scorer and their only player averaging at least 30 minutes.

Blake Griffin had 35 points and 12 rebounds, Jamal Crawford scored 25 and DeAndre Jordan grabbed 18 rebounds for the Clippers.

Around the NBA

PACERS 108, HAWKS 98: At Indianapolis, Paul George scored 26 points, including four 3-pointers, to lead Indiana over Atlanta.

David West had 17 points and Lance Stephenson added 13 to help the Pacers beat the Hawks for the second time in three meetings this season.

Heat 117, Mavericks 106: At Dallas, LeBron James scored a season-high 42 points and Miami tuned up for a showdown with Oklahoma City by beating Dallas.

James, who had his first 40-point game of the season, scored the first eight points and 10 overall in a 14-0 run that put the Heat up 106-95 after they trailed by one entering the fourth quarter.

Suns 112, Nuggets 107, OT: At Denver, Gerald Green scored a career-high 36 points, including eight in overtime, and Phoenix beat Denver to hand the Nuggets their fifth consecutive loss.

Goran Dragic added 21 points and 14 assists for the Suns, who completed a four-game season sweep of the Nuggets, their first in nine years.

GRIZZLIES 98, KNICKS 93: At Memphis, Tenn., Mike Conley scored 22 points in his return after missing seven games with an ankle injury, Mike Miller added a season-high 19 and Memphis weathered New York's second-half rally.

Miller shot 7 for 11 from the field, including 5 of 7 on 3-pointers, to help Memphis win its third straight. His 3 with 45.9 seconds remaining gave the Grizzlies the lead for good as they scored the game's final seven points.

CAVALIERS 114, 76ERS 85: At Philadelphia, Tyler Zeller scored a season-high 18 points and grabbed a career-best 15 rebounds, Kyrie Irving added 14 points and Cleveland pushed its winning streak to five games with a blowout of skidding Philadelphia.

RAPTORS 103, WIZARDS 93: At Washington, Kyle Lowry had 24 points and 10 assists, and Toronto broke open a close game in the third quarter before holding off Washington.

BOBCATS 108, PISTONS 96: At Auburn Hills, Mich., Al Jefferson had 32 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists to lead Charlotte over Detroit.

BUCKS 104, MAGIC 100: At Milwaukee, Brandon Knight overcame a bizarre foot injury, scoring 18 points and making two free throws with 5.5 seconds left to seal Milwaukee's victory over Orlando in a game between two of the NBA's worst teams.