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Parker leads Spurs over Clippers

Associated Press

On a normal night, Chris Kaman might have risked a foul on Tony Parker as the San Antonio Spurs guard drove toward the basket in the final seconds against the Los Angeles Clippers in San Antonio.

The Spurs are erratic from the free-throw line most nights, but on Wednesday, they had made 16 of 18, so Kaman pulled back.

But Parker, who finished with 25 points, banked in a layup high off the backboard with 7.8 seconds left to give San Antonio an 80-79 win.

Parker faked a 3-pointer before driving baseline.

The Clippers’ final inbounds play went to Elton Brand, who backed Tim Duncan in a couple of steps before his turnaround jumper went off the right side of the rim. The ball bounced around before Manu Ginobili grabbed the rebound as time expired. Brand finished with 14 points and 18 rebounds.

Hornets 90, Pacers 87: At New Orleans, two games after reaching a career-high with 32 points, Lee Nailon came back with 30 points and 10 rebounds against Indiana, leading the Hornets to an upset of the Pacers. Former Gonzaga University standout Dan Dickau’s 17 points included a late free throw that gave the Hornets the lead for good, but it was his miss on the next free throw that ended up helping the Hornets finish with a crucial three-point possession.

76ers 107, Bobcats 105: At Charlotte, N.C., Allen Iverson scored 24 points, and Kyle Korver and Corliss Williamson made big plays down the stretch to lead Philadelphia to a victory over Charlotte.

Lakers 93, Timberwolves 90: At Los Angeles, Caron Butler’s driving layup with 35 seconds to play put the Los Angeles ahead for good in a win over Minnesota. Chucky Atkins led the Lakers with 25 points and a season-high 11 assists. Butler had 16 points.

Cavaliers 107, Trail Blazers 101: At Portland, LeBron James had 27 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists to become the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double as Cleveland beat Portland.

Nets 96, Bucks 90: At East Rutherford, N.J., Vince Carter scored a season-high 33 points to lead New Jersey to a win over Milwaukee.

Celtics 92, Bulls 83: Playing at home, Paul Pierce scored 28 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for Boston and rookie Al Jefferson added a career-high 17 points, snapping Chicago’s seven-game winning streak.

Grizzlies 88, Suns 79: At Phoenix, three reserves led Memphis over Phoenix to win its fourth in a row and 10th in 11 games. Bonzi Wells scored 16, Stromile Swift added 14 points and Brian Cardinal 13 for the Grizzlies.

Raptors 98, Knicks 81: At Toronto, Jalen Rose scored 20 of his 24 points in the second half, and Toronto beat New York for its third straight win.

Heat 111, Hawks 92: At Miami, Shaquille O’Neal and Dwyane Wade each scored 25 points helping Miami beat Atlanta.

Around the League

Denver forward Carmelo Anthony had full range of motion and minimal swelling in his right ankle after suffering a sprain Tuesday night. Anthony is questionable for Friday’s home game against Memphis. … An MRI exam on Grant Hill‘s aching right wrist came back negative, and the Orlando star is expected to play tonight against Houston. … Charlotte activated guard Steve Smith and put center Jahidi White on the injured list. … Houston signed journeyman Rod Strickland and waived guard Brandin Knight. … Atlanta activated guard Tony Delk ahead of the game at Miami and placed rookie guard Royal Ivey on the injured reserve list with tendinitis in his right knee. … Phoenix placed point guard Leandro Barbosa on the injured list and signed William “Smush” Parker to a 10-day contract. … Charlotte guard Brevin Knight left the game against the 76ers with a sprained left ankle and did not return.