SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Tony Parker scored 27 points and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Portland Trail Blazers by 100-79 yesterday, despite losing Tim Duncan in the second quarter with an injured knee and ankle.
Duncan bruised his right knee and sprained his right ankle in the first half and did not return to the game. The team said that all of Duncan's ligaments appeared stable but that he would undergo an MRI exam today.
Warriors 109, Sonics 96
SEATTLE - Stephen Jackson and Al Harrington led Golden State past Seattle in an event-filled game.
The game was delayed about 15 minutes when a small fire broke out on the large scoreboard above the court.
During a time-out with seven minutes left in the first quarter, arena officials noticed fire coming from a spotlight attached to the bottom of the scoreboard, with smoke shooting from the top of the scoreboard.
KeyArena staff lowered the scoreboard, and Seattle firefighters put out the flames.
Golden State's Mickael Pietrus left the game after taking an elbow to the face and was taken to a hospital for further examination.
Celtics 80, Cavaliers 70
BOSTON - With the NBA scoring leader LeBron James missing his second-straight game with a sprained finger, Boston beat Cleveland with outstanding defense.
The Celtics were led by Ray Allen with 20 points and Rajon Rondo with 12.
Pacers 101, Clippers 95
LOS ANGELES - Jamaal Tinsley scored 10 of his 29 points in the final four minutes and Jermaine O'Neal added 20 points and 15 rebounds despite a sore shoulder to lead Indiana over Los Angeles.
Chris Kaman had 22 points and 22 rebounds for the Clippers. Sam Cassell missed his second-straight game with a strained left calf.
The Clippers' injury woes grew a bit worse when No. 1 draft pick Al Thornton sprained his left ankle and left the game with 1:22 to go in the first half.
Suns 115, Knicks 104
NEW YORK - Grant Hill scored 28 points, nine during a fourth-quarter flurry that broke open a close game, and Phoenix pulled away to beat New York.
Amare Stoudemire added 28 points for the Suns.
Eddy Curry and Stephon Marbury scored 21 points apiece for the Knicks.
Pistons 118, Nets 95
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Jason Maxiell had 18 points and 11 rebounds to help Detroit rout New Jersey.
Vince Carter led New Jersey with 22 points.
Nuggets 115, Heat 89
DENVER - Carmelo Anthony scored 30 points, and Kenyon Martin and Allen Iverson added 20 to lead Denver over Miami.
Magic 104, Lakers 97
LOS ANGELES - Hedo Turkoglu sparked a pivotal 8-0 run with a three-pointer that put Orlando ahead to stay and added a layup with 55 seconds left to lead the Magic to victory over Los Angeles.
"The Pearl" honored.