NBA: San Antonio Spurs move further clear; top two in the East both suffer losses
Last Updated: 23/03/14 12:26pm
Tony Parker: Helped the Spurs to victory over the Golden State Warriors with 20 points
The San Antonio Spurs pulled two games clear in the Western Conference with a 99-90 victory over the Golden State Warriors in Saturday's NBA action.
Point guard Tony Parker scored 20 points and Tiago Splitter had 17 points and 14 rebounds as the Spurs, who have now won 13 on the spin, extended their lead at the summit over the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Los Angeles Clippers remain the favourites to be the third seeds in the West after they beat the Detroit Pistons 112-103.
Chris Paul had 15 assists, including the 6,000th of his career, to add to his 28 points while Blake Griffin poured in 25 for the Clippers, who have won 12 of their last 13 outings.
The Houston Rockets enjoyed a 118-111 success against the Cleveland Cavaliers, led by James Harden's 37 points and 11 assists, but fellow play-off contenders Portland suffered a 124-94 reverse against Charlotte.
Al Jefferson (28 points), Kemba Walker (26) and Gerald Henderson (23) were influential for the Bobcats. They retain the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference standings with 12 games left.
The top two in the East both lost, with the Indiana Pacers going down 82-71 to the Memphis Grizzlies at the FedEx Forum.
Mike Conley scored 21 points and Zach Randolph 18 for the Grizzlies, while only Lance Stephenson (15) and David West (10) reached double figures for Indiana.
Rivals Miami also lost, slipping to a 105-95 defeat at the hands of the New Orleans Pelicans. Anthony Davis had 30 points and 11 rebounds to outshine even LeBron James, who led the Heat with 25.
The Chicago Bulls improved their play-off position with a 91-81 win over the hapless Philadelphia 76ers, whose 24th successive defeat took them within two of an all-time NBA record.
The Utah Jazz edged out the Orlando Magic 89-88, Richard Jefferson scoring 21 points and Trey Burke 17 including the winning three-pointer with 1.6 seconds remaining.