NBA: Duncan's 3-point play saves Spurs

2013-03-30T00:00:00Z NBA: Duncan's 3-point play saves SpursThe Associated Press The Associated Press
March 30, 2013 12:00 am  • 

SAN ANTONIO - Tim Duncan had a season-high 34 points, including a game-winning three-point play with 2.2 seconds left, and the San Antonio Spurs outlasted the Los Angeles Clippers 104-102 on Friday night.

Duncan also had 11 rebounds for San Antonio (55-17), which won its seventh straight at home. Tony Parker added 24 points and eight assists and Tiago Splitter had 14 points.

Blake Griffin had 18 points, Jamal Crawford added 16, Chris Paul had 14, Caron Butler 11 and Willie Green had 10 for Los Angeles.

The Spurs extended their lead in the Western Conference to 2 1/2 games over Oklahoma City.

With San Antonio trailing 102-101 with time running out, Duncan was fouled by Willie Green on a 16-foot jumper. His ensuing free throw gave San Antonio the final winning margin.

Paul missed a seven-foot jumper that would have won the game.

• Heat 108, Hornets 89: In New Orleans, LeBron James scored 36 points, hitting six consecutive three-pointers in less than six minutes during the first half, and Miami rebounded from its first loss in nearly two months.

The Heat, whose 27-game winning streak ended in Chicago on Wednesday, clinched the top seed for the Eastern Conference playoffs.

• Timberwolves 101, Thunder 93: In Minneapolis, Nikola Pekovic had 22 points and 15 rebounds and Ricky Rubio added 17 points and seven assists to help Minnesota stun Oklahoma City.

• Celtics 118, Hawks 107: In Boston, Paul Pierce had 20 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds, and Jeff Green scored 27 points to carry Boston to the victory.

• Grizzlies 103, Rockets 94: In Memphis, Tenn., Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol scored 21 points apiece and Memphis snapped a two-game losing streak.

• Knicks 111, Bobcats 102: In New York, J.R. Smith scored 37 points, his third consecutive 30-point outing, and New York beat Charlotte for its season-high seventh straight victory.

• Magic 97, Wizards 92: In Orlando, Fla., Tobias Harris had 30 points and 11 rebounds to help the Magic break an eight-game losing streak.

• 76ers 97, Cavaliers 87: In Cleveland, Evan Turner scored 23 points and Philadelphia sent Cleveland to its season-high seventh straight loss.

• Raptors 99, Pistons 82: In Auburn Hills, Mich., DeMar DeRozan and Rudy Gay scored 21 points apiece and Toronto ended a five-game skid by extending Detroit's home losing streak to eight.

• Nuggets 109, Nets 87: In Denver, rookie Evan Fournier scored a season-high 19 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter, and the Nuggets extended their home winning streak to 18 games.

• Jazz 105, Trail Blazers 95: In Portland, Ore., Mo Williams had 28 points and Paul Milsap added 25 points and 10 rebounds as Utah won.

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