x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Bonner earns Spurs victory over Celtics

Matt Bonner scored 16 of his season-high 23 points in the first half to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 105-99 victory over the Boston Celtics.

Matt Bonner scored 16 of his season-high 23 points in the first half and Roger Mason sank the crucial three-pointer with 20 seconds remaining to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 105-99 victory over the Boston Celtics. Tim Duncan finished with 23 points and 13 rebounds, Tony Parker dished out seven assists and Manu Ginobili scored 19 points off the bench. Steve Nash had 21 assists and was one of six Phoenix Suns to reach double points figures in a 107-97 victory over the Detroit Pistons.

Nash, who scored 15 points, finished one assist short of his career best. Jason Richardson poured in 21 points and All-Star Shaquille O'Neal collected 20 and 10 rebounds for the Suns. Dwight Howard collected 30 points to lead the Orlando Magic to a 101-84 victory over the New Jersey Nets. Brandon Roy scooped in a lay-up at the buzzer as the Portland Trail Blazers completed a fourth-quarter comeback to overcome the New York Knicks 109-108. Roy scored 19 points and Greg Oden added 17 and 12 rebounds for the Trail Blazers.

Corey Maggette scored 24 points off the bench as the Golden State Warriors outclassed the Utah Jazz 116-96. Rasual Butler netted 23 points and Sean Marks added 18 as the under-strength New Orleans Hornets posted a 101-97 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves, while Dwayne Wade led the way with 22 points and Mario Chalmers chipped in with 16 as the Miami Heat beat the Charlotte Bobcats 96-92.

Caron Butler scored the final 15 points of the game for the Washington Wizards, including a jumper as time expired, to see off the Indiana Pacers 119-117, while Kevin Durant bagged 39 points as the Oklahoma City Thunder held on for a 116-113 victory over the Sacramento Kings. * With Agencies