The San Antonio Spurs erased a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Phoenix Suns 128-123 in overtime in a match up of the top two teams in the National Basketball Association.
San Antonio's Manu Ginobili scored a career-high 48 points to help the Spurs hand the Suns their sixth straight loss. Tim Duncan had 30 points and 19 rebounds for San Antonio, which is the only team this season to beat the Suns twice. Friday's victory in Phoenix gives the Spurs a record of 33-9, while the Suns slipped to 31-10.
In another overtime contest, the Indiana Pacers overpowered the Miami Heat 106-100. Indiana's Jamaal Tinsley scored 30 points and hit the shot that sent the game into overtime. Reggie Miller made two, three-point baskets in the five-minute extra session to help seal the Pacers' victory in the first meeting between the two teams since last season's Eastern Conference semifinals.
Dallas stars Michael Finley and Dirk Nowitzki each scored 20 points in the Mavericks' 105-99 win over the Charlotte Bobcats. Dallas stretched its winning streak to four games and has won nine of its last 11 contests. The host Bobcats have lost seven games in a row.
The Houston Rockets beat the buzzer to edge the New York Knicks 92-91. Scott Padgett scored the winning basket as time expired to lift the Rockets in New York. Tracy McGrady scored 35 points to help Houston win for the fifth time in seven games. The Knicks have lost nine of their last 10 games.
Other NBA winners Friday were the Wizards, Nets, Bucks, Bulls, Timberwolves, Nuggets and Lakers.
The Washington Wizards held on to beat the Toronto Raptors 118-109, the New Jersey Nets defeated the Boston Celtics 104-98, and the Milwaukee Bucks slipped past the defending champion Detroit Pistons 89-86. The Chicago Bulls beat the Atlanta Hawks 95-85, the Minnesota Timberwolves triumphed 112-107 over the Seattle SuperSonics, and the Denver Nuggets knocked off the Memphis Grizzlies 92-82. Also, the Los Angeles Lakers topped the Golden State Warriors 105-101.
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