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Missing 3 biggest stars, Spurs still pound Bulls

By REPORTER

Deseret News

Published: Monday, Feb. 11 2013 11:31 p.m. MST

CHICAGO — Kawhi Leonard had a career-high 26 points and Danny Green scored 18 on Monday night, helping the short-handed San Antonio Spurs beat the Chicago Bulls 103-89 without their three biggest stars.

Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili were all out with injuries, and swingman Stephen Jackson also missed the game due to "personal business," according to the team. And the NBA-best Spurs still had enough talent to beat one of the Eastern Conference's best teams in its building.

Gary Neal and Tiago Splitter had 16 points apiece for San Antonio, which improved the league's best road record to 19-10. Nando De Colo, subbing for Parker, had nine points and seven assists in his second career start.

Nate Robinson scored 20 points and Richard Hamilton had 16 for the Bulls.

BOBCATS 94, CELTICS 91: At Charlotte, N.C., Byron Mullens had 25 points and 18 rebounds, and the Bobcats defeated Boston to snap the Celtics' seven-game winning streak.

Kevin Garnett had 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Celtics, but missed a key 18-footer that would have given Boston the lead late in the game. Paul Pierce and Avery Bradley had chances to send the game into overtime in the final seconds, but missed open 3-pointers.

HAWKS 105, MAVERICKS 101: At Dallas, Josh Smith had 26 points and 13 rebounds, Devin Harris made a key steal in the final minute and the Hawks beat the Mavericks.

Al Horford had 21 points and 10 rebounds and Jeff Teague scored 20 points to help the Hawks win for just the second time in their last 10 road games.

WIZARDS 102, BUCKS 90: At Milwaukee, rookie Brandon Beal scored a season-high 28 points as the Wizards beat the Bucks, earning a rare road win.

Washington has won four consecutive games and 11 of 18. The Wizards are 10-7 since John Wall returned from injury and won for only the fourth time in 25 road games this year.

NETS 89, PACERS 84: At Indianapolis, Brook Lopez scored 25 points and Brooklyn opened overtime on a 9-3 run to pull away from Indiana.

The Nets (30-22) ended a five-game losing streak at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and won for just the second time in six games overall despite playing without injured guard Deron Williams.

HORNETS 105, PISTONS 86: At Auburn Hills, Mich., Ryan Anderson scored 31 points, Robin Lopez had 23 points and 10 rebounds, and the Hornets beat the Pistons.

New Orleans had lost of five of seven coming in, but was in control for the final 40 minutes even though Eric Gordon sat out to rest his knee.

CLIPPERS 107, 76ERS 90: At Philadelphia, Chris Paul had 21 points and 11 assists, Blake Griffin scored 20 points and the Clippers cruised to a victory over the a 76ers.

Jamal Crawford also scored 20 points and Matt Barnes had 11 for the Pacific Division-leading Clippers. Eric Bledsoe scored 10 points while DeAndre Jordan grabbed 10 rebounds.

TIMBERWOLVES 100, CAVALIERS 92: At Cleveland, Luke Ridnour scored 21 points, Ricky Rubio added 13 and 10 assists and the Timberwolves snapped an eight-game road losing streak, beating the Cavaliers.

Ridnour dropped a critical 3-pointer with 1:43 left for the banged-up Timberwolves, who hadn't won on the road since Jan. 3 — star center Kevin Love's last game before he was lost indefinitely with a broken hand.

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