SAN ANTONIO — Tim Duncan had 31 points and 14 rebounds to help the short-handed San Antonio Spurs escape with a 99-97 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night.
Kawhi Leonard added 23 points for the Spurs, who were without Tony Parker (neck) and Manu Ginobili (hamstring strain), who sat out the game with injuries. They lost Boris Diaw, who left midway through the second quarter with back spasms.
John Jenkins scored 23 points to lead the Hawks.
HEAT 106, 76ERS 87
In Miami, LeBron James scored 27 points in his return from a strained right hamstring, five other Miami players reached double figures and the Heat moved closer to securing home-court advantage for the entire playoffs by topping Philadelphia.
James had missed Miami’s past three games, but was cleared to return after some pregame testing. The Heat were without Dwyane Wade (sore ankle and knee) and Chris Bosh (sore right knee).
NETS 105, BOBCATS 96
In New York, Deron Williams had 32 points, and Brooklyn strengthened its hold on fourth place in the Eastern Conference by beating Charlotte.
WIZARDS 104, PACERS 85
In Washington, John Wall scored 37 points in a display of speed and flair to lead the Wizards past Indiana.
In Minneapolis, J.J. Barea scored 20 points and Nikola Pekovic had 20 points and 13 rebounds as Minnesota beat Detroit.