Tim Duncan leads injury-riddled San Antonio to victory

Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) goes up for a dunk as Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) looks on during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, April 6, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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).


In New York, Deron Williams had 32 points, and Brooklyn strengthened its hold on fourth place in the Eastern Conference by beating Charlotte.


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.


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