Thunder hold on to division lead with win over Spurs

Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook shoots in the Thunder win over the Spurs.

OKLAHOMA CITY — Serge Ibaka tied his career-best with 25 points and grabbed a season-high 17 rebounds, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the San Antonio Spurs 107-93 Monday night to maintain sole possession of the best record in the NBA.


The Thunder took control with a string of 11 straight points during the third quarter, punctuated by Nick Collison’s putback that made it 71-56 with 4:27 remaining in the period.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich kept his starters parked on the bench throughout the fourth quarter.


In Orlando, Fla., Glen Davis scored 28 points and J.J. Redick had 18 points and seven assists as the Orlando Magic beat the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Kevin Love had 23 points and 15 rebounds and Nikola Pekovic added 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Timberwolves.

Minnesota led 87-85 with six minutes left when Orlando’s Arron Afflalo hit a 3-pointer to start a 9-0 run and put Orlando up 94-87.


In New York, Jeremy Lin had 22 points and eight assists in his return to New York, leading the Houston Rockets to a victory Monday night that ended the Knicks’ 10-game home winning streak to open the season.

James Harden had 28 points and 10 rebounds for the Rockets, who blew out the Knicks for the second time this season.

The Knicks played without Carmelo Anthony.


In Auburn Hills, Mich., Jamal Crawford scored 15 points and Chris Paul added 14 to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to their 10th consecutive win.

Blake Griffin had 15 points for Los Angeles, which had five players in double figures.

Brandon Knight led the Pistons with 16 points. Detroit has lost five straight.


In Memphis, Tenn., Mike Conley scored 17 points, Zach Randolph added 11 and 15 rebounds and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Chicago Bulls.

Carlos Boozer led Chicago with 16 points and 13 rebounds.