(The Sports Xchange) – The San Antonio Spurs built a 26-point lead in the third quarter and held off a late rally from the Toronto Raptors to claim their sixth successive win, but lost Tim Duncan to a hyper-extended left elbow.
Duncan finished with 12 points and 13 rebounds but exited late in the fourth quarter when team mate Tiago Splitter fell into his arm.
Point guard Tony Parker scored 23 points for the Spurs who won 117-107.
Kyle Lowery and DeMar DeRozan sparked the Raptors’ comeback with 29 and 21 points, respectively.
Cavaliers 127, Mavericks 94
LeBron James scored 27 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers sustained their recent dominance of the Western Conference by beating the Dallas Mavericks.
The Cavaliers (41-25) won for the 12th time in their past 13 games against Western Conference teams and appear to be peaking with the regular season winding down.
Kyrie Irving added 22 points in the win.
Chandler Parsons scored 18 points for the Mavericks (41-25) in his second game back since returning from an ankle injury.
Pelicans 111, Nets 91
Alexis Ajinca and Quincy Pondexter both scored 17 points as the New Orleans Pelicans recovered from an early 14-point deficit to rout the Brooklyn Nets.