NBA roundup: Leonard lifts Spurs over Cavs

Kawhi Leonard made a 3-pointer with 2.9 seconds remaining to give the San Antonio Spurs a 96-95 win over the Cavaliers in Cleveland Wednesday night.

Leonard’s clutch basket came after Dion Waiters’s jump shot with 9.5 seconds remaining put Cleveland ahead, 95-93.

The Spurs, who have won 14 of 15, had stars Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili on the floor together for the first time since Jan. 13.


Kyrie Irving, who was held to a season-low 6 points, missed a desperation runner from the top of the key as time expired.

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Tony Parker led the Spurs with 24 points while Gary Neal scored 15.

Waiters scored 20 points to lead Cleveland, which has dropped three straight after winning a season-high three in a row.

San Antonio called a timeout after Waiters’s shot put Cleveland ahead. The Cavaliers had a foul to give and grabbed Duncan with 8.8 seconds remaining.

The ensuing inbounds pass went to Parker, who missed San Antonio’s win in Chicago with a sore ankle. The Spurs’ All-Star guard drove into the lane and found a wide-open Leonard in the right corner. Leonard drilled the clutch shot, giving the Spurs a 1-point lead.


Cleveland called a timeout and inbounded the ball to Irving, who drove past the 3-point line. Parker’s tight defense forced Irving to put up a tough shot, which hit the rim and fell off.

Irving, who rolled his left ankle Monday against Minnesota, was 2 of 15 from the field with seven assists.

‘‘It was tough situation and we won it,’’ Ginobili said.

Clippers 106, Rockets 96 — Caron Butler scored 17 of his 19 points in the opening quarter when Los Angeles shot 77 percent, leading all the way in beating visiting Houston.

The Clippers won their third straight. Blake Griffin had 20 points and 11 rebounds, Chauncey Billups had 19 points, Jamal Crawford scored 13 points and Chris Paul had 10 points and 11 assists as the Clippers started all their regulars after the lineup had been hit by injuries during their recent Grammy road trip.


Chandler Parsons scored 17 points, Jeremy Lin added 14 points and James Anderson had a season-high 14 for the Rockets, who have lost five straight to the Clippers and three of five overall.

James Harden missed the game with a sprained right ankle and sore left knee.

Raptors 92, Knicks 88 — Reserve Alan Anderson scored 26 points in one of the few good offensive performances for either team, and Toronto won it fourth straight by toppling host New York.

Nets 119, Nuggets 108 — Joe Johnson scored 26 points, including five 3-pointers, C.J Watson added 25 points and five 3s, and host Brooklyn sent Denver to its third straight loss.

Bucks 94, 76ers 92— Monta Ellis scored 28 points, Brandon Jennings added 21, and host Milwaukee rallied in the fourth quarter to top Philadelphia. The Bucks didn’t take their first lead until about 9:20 remained.

Hawks 108, Magic 76 — Josh Smith had 30 points and 10 rebounds and Al Horford added 26 points and 12 rebounds as visiting Atlanta blew past Orlando.

Pacers 101, Bobcats 77 — Paul George posted his second triple-double of the season with 23 points, 12 rebounds, and a career-high 12 assists, and Indiana routed Charlotte in Indianapolis to break a two-game skid.

Pistons 96, Wizards 85 — Will Bynum scored 6 of his 20 points in a late run to help Detroit beat Washington in Auburn Hills, Mich.

Jazz 97, Timberwolves 93 — Al Jefferson had 20 points and 11 rebounds, and Paul Millsap scored 21 points to power Utah over Minnesota in Minneapolis.

Mavericks 123, Kings 100 — Vince Carter scored 26 points to lead host Dallas over Sacramento.

Hornets 99, Trail Blazers 63 — Anthony Davis had 21 points and 11 rebounds, and host New Orleans handed Portland its fifth straight loss.