It was a win for the Spurs, but not the way they wanted. Without their star point guard, that's going to have to do.
Tim Duncan stepped up with 30 points and 12 rebounds, five blocks and a couple of game-changing defensive plays in the final minute as the Spurs survived a strong showing by the Cavs to win 119-113 Saturday night at the AT&T Center.
The Spurs' quality of play has diminished after losing all-star Tony Parker, dropping two of their last three games.
But the Spurs played well enough on offense against the Cavs, shooting 57 percent and scoring 45 baskets on 32 assists, but their defense struggled.
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Celtics 105, Hornets 88
The Boston Celtics, playing without a banged-up Kevin Garnett, cruised to their 11th straight home victory, a 105-88 win over the Charlotte Hornets.
The win gave the Celtics a measure of revenge against the lowly Hornets, who have beaten them twice in Charlotte this season, the second time by a whopping 100-74 just last Tuesday.
The victory moved the Celtics into a three-way tie with Chicago and Atlanta for fifth place in the Eastern Conference, two games out of the important No. 4 position.
With Garnett out, all five Celtics starters reached double figures, as did Jason Terry, who led all Celtics with 15 off the bench.
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Wizards 127, Suns 105
Martell Webster exploded for a career-high 34 points, including sinking half of the Wizards' 14 3-pointers, and Washington scored its most points this season in a decisive 127-105 win over the Phoenix Suns.
John Wall had 17 points on 8 of 11 shooting with 11 assists for his third double-double in his last four games. Emeka Okafor had 17 points and 10 rebounds as the Wizards (23-42) completed a perfect three-game homestand.
Webster made 7 of 10 3-point attempts and Washington finished 14 of 21 from beyond the arc while shooting 51.6 percent overall.
Michael Beasley scored 21 points and Jared Dudley had 16 for the Suns, losers of four straight and six of their last seven.
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