NBA roundup: Jeremy Lin’s 38 can’t lift Rockets

Houston’s Jeremy Lin (right) had the hot hand with 38 points, but Gary Neal (left) had 29 in the Spurs’ fifth straight victory.
Houston’s Jeremy Lin (right) had the hot hand with 38 points, but Gary Neal (left) had 29 in the Spurs’ fifth straight victory.

Gary Neal scored 29 points and Tony Parker had a triple-double to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 134-126 overtime win against the Rockets Monday night in Houston.

Parker had 27 points, 12 rebounds, and 12 assists, the first triple-double of his 11-year career, to complement Neal’s 7-of-10 performance from 3-point range.

Jeremy Lin had his best game since joining the Rockets, scoring a career-high-tying 38 points.


Neal’s last 3-pointer followed by a 3-point play by Manu Ginobili put the Spurs ahead, 130-122, with two minutes left in overtime, and San Antonio held on for its fifth straight win overall and second in three days over Houston.

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The Spurs beat the Rockets, 114-92, Friday but Houston provided a stronger challenge in this one after San Antonio never trailed in that win. But the Rockets’ inexperience showed in overtime as Houston had three turnovers to help the Spurs build the lead.

Heat 101, Hawks 92 — LeBron James scored 27 points, Dwyane Wade had 26, and Miami pulled away in the second half to beat Atlanta, improving to 10-1 at home this season.

James and Wade made 21 of 29 shots for the Heat, who shot 58 percent as a team.

Chris Bosh had 14 points and 10 rebounds and Norris Cole scored 10 for Miami.


Josh Smith scored 22 points and Al Horford finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds for Atlanta, which briefly held the lead midway through the third quarter before the Heat got rolling.

76ers 104, Pistons 97 — Evan Turner had 18 points and 11 rebounds and Jrue Holiday scored 25 points to help host Philadelphia defeat Detroit.

Thaddeus Young scored 20 points and Spencer Hawes had 15 for the Sixers.

Greg Monroe (22 points) missed a tip with less than a minute left that came back to haunt Detroit. Holiday sank a 19-footer for a 100-95 lead and the Sixers stretched the lead from the free-throw line.

Warriors 104, Bobcats 96 — Stephen Curry put on a show for his hometown fans in Charlotte, N.C., finishing with 27 points, 7 assists, and 7 rebounds to lead surging Golden State.


Curry, who grew up in Charlotte and made a name for himself leading nearby Davidson College to the brink of the Final Four in 2008, shot 10 of 22 from the field and hit four 3-pointers.

Mavericks 119, Kings 96 — O.J. Mayo scored 19 points and Dallas took control with a 31-3 run in the first half to win its 17th straight regular-season home game against Sacramento.

Chris Kaman, playing on a sprained left ankle he suffered last week, scored 16 of his 18 points in the first half for Dallas.

Trail Blazers 92, Raptors 74 — LaMarcus Aldridge had 30 points and 12 rebounds to help host Portland rout Toronto.DeMar DeRozan had 20 points for the Raptors, who trailed by as many as 18 points late in the second half.