Parker scores 31 as Spurs beat Pistons for ninth win in a row

– Tony Parker scored a season-high 31 points, LaMarcus Aldridge added 22 points and 13 rebounds, and San Antonio beat the Detroit 109-99 on Tuesday night for its ninth consecutive victory.

"We had a really poor start, but I thought we got better as the game went along," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "I thought the competitiveness was great, considering it was a back-to-back and we got to bed about 4 a.m."

Manu Ginobili added 15 points while Tim Duncan had 14 points and nine rebounds for the Spurs, who will try to extend their 31-game home winning streak Thursday against Cleveland.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led the Pistons with 25 points.

HIGHLIGHTS

•HARDEN, HOWARD DRIVE HOUSTON: James Harden scored 25 points, Dwight Howard added 17 points and 14 rebounds as Houston beat Grizzlies 107-91 in Memphis. Terrence Jones finished with 20 points for Houston, 10 in the fourth quarter, when the Rockets pulled away to win their fourth game in a row. Marc Gasol led Memphis with 20 points.

•CAVS WIN IN OT: LeBron James had 27 points and the go-ahead layup in overtime, Kyrie Irving added 22 points and some big three-pointers and Cleveland extended their winning streak to eight games with a 110-107 victory over the Mavericks in Dallas.

•GEORGE FINISHES WELL: Paul George had 21 points and seven rebounds, and the Pacers pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the visiting Suns 116-97. Indiana outscored Phoenix 36-21 in the final period, with George scoring nine. Devin Booker and Mirza Teletovic both had 19 points for Phoenix.

•ROOKIE INSPIRES KNICKS: Kristaps Porzingis scored 26 points, Arron Afflalo had 20 of his 24 in the second half, as the New York Knicks beat the Celtics 120-114. Jerian Grant scored 10 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter and added eight assists in the best game of his rookie season. The Knicks lost Carmelo Anthony to a sprained right ankle in the third quarter. Isaiah Thomas had 34 points for the Celtics.

•BUCKS RALLY: Giannis Antetokounmpo had 29 points and 10 rebounds, and Milwaukee used a late rally to beat Chicago 106-101. Jimmy Butler scored 30 points for the Bulls.

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