Parker, Spurs win sixth in a row
SAN ANTONIO – Tony Parker scored a season-high 25 points and the San Antonio Spurs never trailed, beating the Denver Nuggets 109-98 on Wednesday night for their sixth consecutive victory.
Kawhi Leonard added 20 points, Tim Duncan had 12 and LaMarcus Aldridge 11 for San Antonio, which is undefeated at home after five games.
Patty Mills was three-for-six on three-pointers in scoring a season-high 17 points.
Denver rookie Nikola Jokic had 23 points off the bench, going eight-for-13 from the field.
The Spurs were without Manu Ginobili, who will miss the next two games because of bilateral hip tightness. Ginobili will be re-evaluated before San Antonio's next home Saturday against Memphis.
•BIRTH AND REBIRTH: Shortly after forward Charlie Villanueva left the team for the birth of his second child, Dirk Nowitzki scored 23 points, Wesley Matthews had 18 and the visiting Mavericks erased an 18-point, first-half deficit to beat the Celtics 106-102 for their fifth consecutive victory.
•YOU PICKED A FINE TIME: Before Nicolas Batum had 24 points and eight assists and the host Hornets held off the Nets 116-111, Hornets forward Marvin Williams was fined $15,000 by the NBA for elbowing Knicks forward Louis Amundson in the head in a game Tuesday.
•UNSTOPPABLE WESTBROOK: Russell Westbrook had 43 points, nine rebounds and eight assists, and the host Thunder recovered from a slow start to beat the injury-depleted Pelicans 110-103. The Thunder are 2-2 without star forward Kevin Durant, who missed his fourth consecutive game because of a hamstring injury. Ryan Anderson scored 30 points for New Orleans, which lost its fifth game in a row.
•MILLSAP FOR THE WIN! Paul Millsap scored 23 points, including a running one-hander with 15.7 seconds remaining, as the Hawks held off the Kings 103-97.
•LOOKING FORWARD TO THE DRAFT — AGAIN: Paul George and the Pacers didn't take the winless 76ers lightly, and it showed. George scored 34 points and C.J. Miles added 20 to lead Indiana to a 112-85 rout. T.J. McConnell scored 16 points for host Philadelphia, which dropped to 0-12 while setting a season high with 31 turnovers. The 76ers are within five losses of matching last season's franchise-worst start, and It was the 76ers' 22nd loss in a row dating to last season.