San Antonio, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Tim Duncan had 23 points and 11 rebounds and the San Antonio Spurs routed the Miami Heat in a wire-to-wire 111-87 win on Thursday night. Miami thrashed San Antonio in the first meeting between the 2013 NBA Finals participants. The Heat led by as many as 29 in their 113-101 victory over the Spurs on Jan. 26 in South Beach. The Spurs snapped their five-game regular season losing skid against the Heat in the triumph. Tony Parker tallied 17 points and four assists, while Boris Diaw provided 16 points, eight boards and five assists for the Spurs, who have won five straight and eight of nine overall. Chris Bosh provided 24 points with seven rebounds and LeBron James supplied 19 points, eight boards and seven assists for Miami, which prevailed in seven games over San Antonio in June for its second consecutive title. James, who was 6-of-18 from the field while being hounded by Kawhi Leonard, wore his protective mask that shielded his broken nose to begin the game, but ditched it with four minutes left in the first quarter.
Final Score: Phoenix 128, Oklahoma City 122
Phoenix, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Gerald Green set career highs with 41 points and eight 3-pointers as the Phoenix Suns snapped an 11-game losing streak to the Oklahoma City Thunder with a 128-122 win on Thursday. The Suns erased a 16-point third quarter deficit with a huge run that bled into the fourth quarter to help dispatch the Thunder for the first time since Dec. 19, 2010. Markieff Morris contributed 24 points, Goran Dragic tallied 22, and Marcus Morris added 15 in the win. Russell Westbrook filled the stat sheet to the tune of 36 points, nine rebounds and nine assists for the Thunder, who had their three-game winning streak snapped. Kevin Durant deposited 34 points to go along with seven rebounds and five assists, while Serge Ibaka and Caron Butler chipped in with 18 and 14 points, respectively, in the setback.
Final Score: LA Clippers 142, LA Lakers 94
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Chris Paul looked at DeAndre Jordan to his right and threw a no-look, right-handed scoop-toss alley-oop to Blake Griffin to his left. Griffin reached all the way back to retrieve the pass in the air before throwing down a forceful one-handed slam to finish the 3-on-1 fast break. The Clippers were sure off and running against their Staples Center co-tenants on Thursday night. Griffin had 20 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists, and the Clippers handed the Los Angeles Lakers their worst loss in franchise history, 142-94, on Thursday night. The Clippers, who routed the Lakers 123-87 on Jan. 11, held a 29-27 edge after a quarter of play, but outscored the Lakers 80-33 over the next two frames to turn the game into a laugher. They held a 19-0 cushion in fast- break points in the second quarter and a 34-23 edge overall for the game.