Warriors end hoodoo, beat Spurs in overtime

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Saturday, February 23, 2013


OAKLAND, California -- The Golden State Warriors ended a five-year hoodoo by beating San Antonio 107-101 in overtime on Friday, ending a 16-game losing streak against the Spurs.

Jarrett Jack had 30 points and 10 rebounds while David Lee added 25 points and 22 boards for the Warriors, who beat the NBA-leading Spurs for the first time since January, 2008.

In another one-sided rivalry, Houston beat Brooklyn for the 13th straight time. In other key games, Oklahoma City ended a three-game skid by beating Minnesota, Indiana took over second place in the Eastern Conference by beating Detroit, replacing New York which was beaten by Toronto, while the Los Angeles Lakers ended a trying week on a good note by edging Portland.

Golden State came from 13 points down in the fourth quarter to force overtime and beat the Spurs, all without center Andrew Bogut.

Danny Green scored 20 points for San Antonio, which had won 16 of their previous 17.

Houston's James Harden and Carlos Delfino each scored 22 points as the Rockets beat the Brooklyn Nets 106-96, tying their longest winning streak against any opponent.

Houston blew most of a 15-point lead in the fourth quarter before Delfino hit a big 3-pointer with 1:54 left. He later made another jumper before Harden followed with a 3 to put it away.

Brook Lopez scored 27 points for the Nets, who played without injured starting guard Joe Johnson for the first time this season.

Brooklyn missed a chance to tie New York atop the East standings.

Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook scored 37 points and Kevin Durant added 27 as the Thunder beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 127-111.

OC had allowed 113.7 points per game during the losing streak and were just a basket better against Minnesota, instead relying on an offense that regained the NBA lead in scoring average.

Alexey Shved's 17 points led Minnesota, which shot 43 percent after halftime to blow its victory chances.

Indiana's David West scored 18 points and George Hill had 15 as the Pacers cantered past the Detroit Pistons 114-82.

The Pacers grabbed control with a 14-4 run at the start of the second quarter and went to a 48-23 lead.

Will Bynum scored 17 points for the stumbling Pistons, who have split their last four games.

Toronto's Rudy Gay scored a season-high 32 points while DeMar DeRozan had 18 as the Raptors won 100-98 and handed the New York Knicks a season-worst fourth straight loss.

Gay added three free throws at the end to seal the game and give the Raptors their sixth win in second games.

Carmelo Anthony had 32 points for the Knicks, who rallied from a nine-point deficit in the fourth quarter to take the lead with 6:11 left but could not sustain that run.

Los Angels' Kobe Bryant scored 40 points and Dwight Howard had 19 points and 16 rebounds as the Lakers downed the slumping Portland Trail Blazers 111-107, just hours after the funeral of longtime Lakers owner Jerry Buss.

Bryant, who gave a eulogy at the Buss service, scored 11 points in the final 5½ minutes. After a horrendous start to the season, the Lakers are gradually working their way into the playoff frame, sitting 3-1/2 games behind Houston, which has the provisional hold on the eighth and final playoff berth in the West, with 26 remaining.

J.J. Hickson had 22 points and 11 rebounds for Portland, which has lost a season-worst seven games and five in a row on the road.

Memphis' Marc Gasol had 19 points and 13 rebounds and Zach Randolph added 16 points and 14 boards as the Grizzlies won 88-82 over the undermanned Orlando Magic and notched their sixth straight victory.

Washington's Emeka Okafor had 17 points and 13 rebounds as the Wizards put in one of their best offensive shows of the season, beating the Denver Nuggets 119-113.

Atlanta's Al Horford led a balanced performance with 24 points as the Hawks overcame a slow start to beat the Sacramento Kings 122-108.

Boston made light of the absence of several players by comfortably beating the Phoenix Suns 113-88, with Jeff Green scoring 31 points in his first start of the season.

Chicago's Taj Gibson scored 17 points on 8-of-11 shooting as the Bulls routed the Charlotte Bobcats 105-75, with former Chicago great Michael Jordan looking on from the Charlotte bench.

Dallas' Vince Carter capped a 22-point performance with a 3-pointer that gave the Mavericks the lead with 6.5 seconds left, and they hung on to beat the New Orleans Hornets 104(equals)100. (AP)

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