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NBA roundup: Spurs are first team to 40 wins this season

Associated Press

Published: Sunday, Jan. 30 2011 12:27 a.m. MST

SAN ANTONIO — Manu Ginobili scored 22 points and the San Antonio Spurs be came the NBA's first 40-game winner, beating the Houston Rockets 108-95 on Saturday night.

Richard Jefferson added 18 points to help the Spurs win their 18th in a row at home. But it was San Antonio's last game at the AT&T Center for three weeks with the Spurs embarking on their annual Rodeo Road Trip starting Tuesday.

The NBA-best Spurs (40-7) will play nine straight on the road heading into the All-Star game, in which Spurs coach Gregg Popovich will direct the West squad.

Luis Scola led the Rockets with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Houston has lost four of six.

Tim Duncan, in jeopardy of missing the All-Star game for the first time in his career, had 12 points and seven rebounds as every Spurs starter was in double figures. Fans didn't vote in Duncan as an All-Star starter for the first time in 11 seasons, and he must wait this week to see whether coaches vote him in as a reserve.

DeJuan Blair had 14 points and 12 rebounds, his eighth double-double this season. Tony Parker added 17 points and George Hill had 14.

GRIZZLIES 107, WIZARDS 93: At Memphis, Tenn., Zach Randolph had 24 points and 20 rebounds, Darrell Arthur added a career-high 22 points and Memphis kept Washington winless on the road this season.

Mike Conley and Tony Allen added 15 points each, Conley also had 12 assists, and Marc Gasol scored 14 points to help Memphis improve to 5-1 in its last six games.

John Wall led the Wizards with 14 points and eight assists. The loss was the fourth straight for the Wizards, and left them 0-23 on the road.

BUCKS 91, NETS 81: At Milwaukee, Andrew Bogut had 17 points and 18 rebounds and Brandon Jennings had two points in his return after missing 19 games because of a broken foot to help Milwaukee win its third consecutive game.

Carlos Delfino led Milwaukee in scoring with 21 points and Keyon Dooling had 14 points and nine assists. Brook Lopez scored 26 points for New Jersey.

BULLS 110, PACERS 89: At Chicago, Carlos Boozer had 24 points and 10 rebounds, Derrick Rose added 20 points despite two stomach ulcers and Luol Deng had 19 for Chicago.

The Bulls improved to 11-0 against Central teams while remaining the lone unbeaten team against its own division. Josh McRoberts led Indiana with a career-high 20 points.

MAVERICKS 102, HAWKS 91: At Dallas, Dirk Nowitzki scored 19 points and Jason Terry added 18 points and a season-high 11 assists to help Dallas improve to 5-1 following a six-game losing streak.

Jason Kidd had 12 points and eight rebounds, and Tyson Chandler also had 12 points for the Mavericks. Joe Johnson led Atlanta with 27 points.

TIMBERWOLVES 103, RAPTORS 87: At Minneapolis, Kevin Love had his NBA-leading 42nd double-double of the season with 21 points and 12 rebounds and Minnesota handed Toronto its 11th straight loss.

Andrea Bargnani and Ed Davis each had 15 points for Toronto.

KINGS 102, HORNETS 96: At Sacramento, Calif., DeMarcus Cousins had 25 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists and Sacramento snapped New Orleans' winning streak at 10 games.

Fouled-plagued Tyreke Evans had nine of his 18 points in the fourth quarter for the Kings, who have won three of four games. Samuel Dalembert had 16 points and Beno Udrih added 14.

David West scored 21 points for the Hornets, who were looking to set a franchise record with 11 straight victories. Chris Paul had 19 points and seven assists.

CLIPPERS 103, BOBCATS 88: At Los Angeles, Blake Griffin had 24 points and 10 rebounds, Randy Foye added 21 points in his third straight start for the injured Eric Gordon and Los Angeles extended its home winning streak to eight.

The Clippers matched the 1992-93 squad for the longest home winning streak since the franchise moved from San Diego to Los Angeles for the 1994-95 season. Griffin had his 38th double-double of the season.

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