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Tony Parker returns, Spurs beat Mavericks

The Associated Press

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SAN ANTONIO — Tony Parker had 22 points and seven assists in his return from a six-game absence, leading the San Antonio Spurs’ balanced attack in a 112-106 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday night. Parker looked refreshed after not playing since Feb. 10 due to a series of lower-body maladies.


Joakim Noah’s second triple-double this season — including 14 assists for the most ever by a Bulls center and the most by an NBA center in at least 28 seasons — led Chicago past the reeling New York Knicks, 109-90.

David West scored 25 points, Paul George added 22, and Indiana beat Utah 94-91 for their fifth straight victory. The Pacers are an NBA-best 46-13.

Kevin Durant (28) and Russell Westbrook (26) combined for 54 points to lead Oklahoma City past Charlotte 116-99. Sunday night. Thunder G Thabo Sefolosha will miss 4-6 weeks with a left calf strain.

Gerald Green hit 5 of 6 three-pointers in the first two quarters as Phoenix scored 79 first-half points — the most in the NBA this season — and the Suns held on to beat Atlanta 129-120. Green finished with 33 points.

Tobias Harris scored a career-high 31 points and Orlando beat Philadelphia for the second time in less than a week, 92-81, extending the hapless 76ers’ losing streak to 14.

• Miami center Greg Oden, making a comeback from knee problems that sidelined him for four years, registered his first NBA assist since 2009 and added a season-high eight points in Saturday night’s 112-98 win over Orlando.

Jason Collins the NBA’s first openly gay active player, makes his home debut Monday night for the Brooklyn Nets against Chicago.



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