Spurs cruise to 5th straight win, Thunder spoil Harden homecoming

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Updated: November 29, 2012

On a busy night of NBA action, San Antonio rolled on to a 5th straight win, Washington finally got their season going with a first win, Brooklyn brushed Boston aside in the Atlantic division, the Knicks and the Clippers got back on track, Oklahoma made James Harden’s homecoming one to forget and Utah, Memphis, Chicago, Detroit and Atlanta all registered wins.

Ben Gordon made five 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, but never got a chance to knock down a sixth in the closing seconds as the Charlotte Bobcats fell to the Atlanta Hawks, 94-91, at Philips Arena. The Hawks came away with their first six-game winning streak in two seasons despite Gordon erupting for 20 points in the final 12 minutes.

Al Jefferson put home a game-high 19 points and pulled down seven rebounds as the Utah Jazz knocked off the New Orleans Hornets, 96-84, Charlie Villanueva posted 19 points and six rebounds as the Detroit Pistons dominated the Phoenix Suns, 117-77, reserve Marreese Speights led five Memphis players in double figures with 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as the Grizzlies topped the Toronto Raptors, 103-82 and Chris Paul tallied 23 points and 11 assists in the Los Angeles Clippers’ 101-95 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Carmelo Anthony scored a game-high 29 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the New York Knicks past the Milwaukee Bucks, 102-88. In his return home, Wisconsin native Steve Novak scored a season-high 19 points, knocking down 5-of-7 from three-point range to help the Knicks bounce back after an overtime loss in Brooklyn on Monday.

Joe Johnson scored 18 points and Jerry Stackhouse added a spark off the bench with a season-high 17 points, as streaking Brooklyn downed Boston, 95-83, in a contentious affair at TD Garden. The biggest story other than the Nets’ impressive win over an Eastern Conference bellwether was a first-half brawl that resulted in the ejection of three players, Boston’s Rajon Rondo and Brooklyn’s Kris Humphries and Gerald Wallace.

It took 13 games, but the Washington Wizards are no longer winless. Jordan Crawford scored 19 points and the Wizards were able to overcome a fourth quarter collapse to defeat the Portland Trail Blazers, 84-82, to earn their first win of the season.

Luol Deng had 22 points and Nate Robinson had 14 points and six assists to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 101-78 win over the Dallas Mavericks. Joakim Noah posted a double-double with 13 points and 10 boards and also dished out five assists and Jimmy Butler dropped in 13 off the bench for the Bulls, who have won two of their last three.

It was a long day for the Houston Rockets and an even longer night for James Harden. Kevin Durant scored 37 points, while Harden tallied 17 on just 3-of-16 shooting in his return to Oklahoma City, as the Thunder downed the Rockets, 120-98. Serge Ibaka added 23 points for the Thunder, who have won six of their last seven games.

Manu Ginobili drained six 3-pointers en route to a game-high 20 points as the San Antonio Spurs thumped the Orlando Magic, 110-89, Ginobili added five assists, Gary Neal finished with 19 points and Tim Duncan contributed 15 points and five blocks for the Spurs, who have won five straight and improved to 9-1 on the road this season. Tony Parker donated 14 points and eight assists, while DeJuan Blair gave 11 points and six boards in the victory.

Only 2 games tonight, however it doesn’t get much bigger than San Antonio at defending champions Miami. San Antonio top of the South West and on a 5 game winning streak face off against top of the South East Miami on a 4 game hot streak themselves. Some quality on display tonight as some of the big name stars go head to head for the win. Denver are also in action tonight on the road to Golden State.