Kawhi Leonard had a career-high 26 points and Danny Green scored 18, leading the short-handed San Antonio Spurs to an impressive 103-89 victory against the host Chicago Bulls on Monday.
"One would hope that you could play with anybody in your system, but it was a tough challenge for them tonight," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "And I couldn't be more proud of what they did."
Stars Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili were out with injuries, and forward Stephen Jackson also missed the game because of "personal business," according to the team. With Duncan on the sideline, the Spurs were outrebounded 49-26, including a whopping 17-2 deficit on the offensive glass.
And San Antonio still managed to win, largely because of 19 Chicago turnovers that the Spurs turned into 29 points.
"The approach is still the same, you know, every game," Green said. "It starts with Pop. He does a great job of preparing us, tells us what we need to do. We listen to him."
Bobcats 94, Celtics 91: Byron Mullens had 25 points and 18 rebounds, and host Charlotte snapped Boston's seven-game winning streak.
Kevin Garnett had 16 points and 13 rebounds for the
Paul Pierce and Avery Bradley had chances to send the game into overtime in the final seconds but missed open 3-pointers.
Celtics backup guard Leandro Barbosa, who has gotten increased playing time since the season-ending injury to Rajon Rondo, injured his left knee late in the third quarter and had to be carried to the locker room by a trainer and a teammate.
Nets 89, Pacers 84: Brook Lopez scored 25 points, Reggie Evans grabbed 22 rebounds, and Joe Johnson tied the score with a 10-foot bank shot to force overtime before closing it out with four free throws as Brooklyn defeated host Indiana.
Nets guard Deron Williams sat out because of inflammation of the ankle joint linings. He won't play Wednesday at Denver either.
Hawks 105, Mavericks 101: Josh Smith had 26 points and 13 rebounds, Devin Harris made a key steal in the final minute, and Atlanta won in Dallas.
Clippers 107, 76ers 90: Chris Paul had 21 points and 11 assists, Blake Griffin scored 20 points, and Los Angeles cruised to a victory in Philadelphia.
The Clippers built a 27-point lead in the third quarter and kept throwing down vicious dunks.
Griffin and DeAndre Jordan had three big slams in the period.
Wizards 102, Bucks 90: Rookie Brandon Beal scored 28 points as Washington earned a rare road win.
The Wizards have won four consecutive games and 11 of 18. They won for only the fourth time in 25 road games.
Timberwolves 100, Cavaliers 92: Luke Ridnour scored 21 points, Ricky Rubio added 13 and 10 assists, and Minnesota snapped an eight-game road losing streak.
Ridnour made a crucial 3-pointer with 1:43 left for the banged-up Timberwolves, who hadn't won on the road since Jan. 3.
Hornets 105, Pistons 86: Ryan Anderson scored 31 points, Robin Lopez had 23 points and 10 rebounds, and New Orleans beat Detroit in Auburn Hills, Mich.