San Antonio power to another win, Milwaukee win battle of the Central

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Updated: November 27, 2012

San Antonio nailed Washington to a 12th straight loss, Brooklyn surged to the top of the Atlantic Division defeating rivals the Knicks, the Bulls were pinned back by Milwaukee, Kevin Durant led Oklahoma to a thrashing of Charlotte, while New Orleans, Utah and Memphis also registered wins.

Boris Diaw led a balanced San Antonio attack with 16 points as the Spurs kept the Washington Wizards winless on the season with a 118-92 pounding at Verizon Center. Tiago Splitter added 15 points and 12 rebounds, while Tony Parker also netted 15 points. Tim Duncan had 14, Gary Neal poured in 13, Manu Ginobili scored 12 and Matt Bonner finished with 11 for the Spurs, who have won four straight. Jordan Crawford paced the Wizards with 19 points and Kevin Seraphin dropped in 18 as Washington fell to 0-12 on the season, adding to the worst start in franchise history.

Ekpe Udoh’s driving layup with 57.5 seconds remaining capped a furious second-half comeback that lifted the Milwaukee Bucks to a 93-92 decision over the Chicago Bulls at the United Center. Udoh finished with 11 points — eight of which came after halftime — while Ersan Ilyasova put up 17 of his team-best 18 points over the final two quarters to help the Bucks overcome a 27-point deficit late in the third period and end a string of nine consecutive losses to the Bulls. That included a 93-86 setback in Milwaukee in Saturday’s opener of this home-and-home series.

Derrick Favors made three big foul shots in the final 41.5 seconds to lift the Utah Jazz over the Denver Nuggets, 105-103. Favors ended with 19 points, seven rebounds and two blocks for the Jazz, who improved to 6-0 at home this season. Al Jefferson added 28 points. Kenneth Faried had 21 points and nine boards to pace the Nuggets, who had a four-game winning streak snapped. Ty Lawson donated 16 points and nine assists.

Brandon Knight scored 26 points and Greg Monroe netted 20 with 10 rebounds, as the Detroit Pistons downed the Portland Trail Blazers, 108-101, Greivis Vasquez made five 3-pointers en route to 25 points, as the New Orleans Hornets snapped a seven-game skid with a 105-98 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers and Zach Randolph posted 19 points and eight rebounds as the Memphis Grizzlies took an 84-78 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

In the big Atlantic matchup of the night, the Nets needed overtime to edge neighbours the Knicks 96-89, moving them to the top of the division. The highly anticipated matchup was delayed more than three weeks by Hurricane Sandy, and the final outcome would be as well after the Knicks rallied back from a five-point deficit late in regulation. However, Brooklyn put forth a pivotal 7-0 run during overtime to gain early bragging rights as well as record its third consecutive victory. Lopez finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds, while Williams racked up 16 points and 14 assists to help the Nets move to 7-1 at the first-year Barclays Center. The Knicks suffered their third defeat in four games despite 35 points and 13 rebounds from Brooklyn-born Carmelo Anthony and a career-high 28 points along with 10 boards out of Tyson Chandler.

Tonight’s games sees Dallas on the road to Philadelphia in a matchup that will be repeated on the Football pitch this weekend at the Cowboys stadium, the 76ers performing better than the Eagles at present and will hopefully lift the mood in the city, Cleveland will be hoping to climb off the bottom of the Central division when they host Phoenix, Toronto take on a Houston team starting to show signs of form following their big investment, Minnesota hope to avoid a 6th straight loss at Sacramento and the Lakers still searching for consistency host Indiana.