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Chicago Bulls shooting guard Jimmy Butler (21) shoots over San Antonio Spurs power forward Tim Duncan, rear, during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)
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First Published Mar 12 2014 09:50 am • Last Updated Mar 13 2014 04:48 pm

SPURS 104, BULLS 96

CHICAGO • Manu Ginobili scored 22 points and Tony Parker had 20 as the league-leading San Antonio Spurs beat the Chicago Bulls 104-96 on Tuesday night.

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Kawhi Leonard added 16 for San Antonio, which won its seventh straight and 10th in its last 11. The Spurs (47-16) maintained their hold on the NBA’s best record, staying ahead of Oklahoma City and Indiana, who both started play Tuesday a half-game behind the Spurs.

San Antonio jumped out to a big lead early, taking a 61-33 advantage into halftime, including 18 from Parker. That helped them improve to 24-6 on the road, the NBA’s best mark away from home.

D.J. Augustin led the Bulls with 24 points and Jimmy Butler had 23.

PACERS 94, CELTICS 83

INDIANAPOLIS • David West scored 24 points and Andrew Bynum grabbed a season-high 10 rebounds in his Pacers debut, helping suddenly struggling Indiana pull away late for a win over Boston.

Indiana (47-17) ended its longest losing streak of the season at four. Paul George added 12 points as the Pacers extended their Eastern Conference lead to 1½ games over two-time defending champion Miami in the East.

Boston (22-42) was led by Jared Sullinger with 17 points and Kris Humphries with 15 as its two-game winning streak ended.


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Bynum played just 15 minutes but his first basket gave Indiana a 16-14 lead and the Pacers never trailed again.

THUNDER 106, ROCKETS 98

OKLAHOMA CITY • Kevin Durant scored 42 points to help the Oklahoma City Thunder defeat the Houston Rockets.

Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook scored 24 points and got the best of nemesis Patrick Beverley. During last year’s playoffs, Beverley dived for the ball and ran into Westbrook’s right knee as a timeout was being called, causing the injury that ended Westbrook’s season and cost him about half of this season. It was their first meeting since the incident.

Serge Ibaka had 12 points and 16 rebounds for the Thunder, who had lost two straight.

Former Thunder guard James Harden scored 28 points.

PISTONS 99, KINGS 89

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. • Josh Smith scored 24 points and Rodney Stuckey added 23 to lift the Detroit Pistons over the Sacramento Kings.

Andre Drummond added 15 points and eight rebounds for Detroit, outscoring DeMarcus Cousins in a matchup of two of the NBA’s top young big men. Cousins had 13 points and 14 rebounds but shot 5 of 15 from the field.

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