Tim Duncan, Spurs, had 31 points and 15 rebounds in a 97-94 win over the Dallas Mavericks.
Jordan Farmar scored a career-high 24 points, Kobe Bryant added 21 and the Los Angeles Lakers extended their winning streak to a season-best 10 games Thursday night with a 106-88 victory over the Miami Heat. The Lakers (41-17) maintained their one-game lead over the defending champion San Antonio Spurs for best record in the Western Conference, and lead Phoenix and New Orleans by two. ... Tim Duncan had 31 points and 15 rebounds and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Dallas Mavericks 97-94 for their seventh straight win. The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for Dallas, which is in a tight race with the Spurs and two other teams for Southwest Division lead.
The Clippers waived injury-prone Sam Cassell on Thursday, after he missed four straight games with a sprained right wrist. He averaged 12.8 points, 4.7 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 25.7 minutes in 38 games. Earlier in the season, the point guard missed 12 games with a strained left calf.
STRONG IN DEFEAT
Milwaukee's Michael Redd scored 33 points in a 120-106 loss to the New Jersey Nets on Thursday night.
"Offense, the ball goes through him. On defense, he's our defender, our rebounder. Everybody rotates off him. He's just really special. We don't get anything done without him." Spurs coach Gregg Popovich on Tim Duncan, who led San Antonio with 31 points and 15 rebounds in a 97-94 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night.