SAN ANTONIO -- The San Antonio Spurs sense they are finally beginning to execute with some of the fluidity and efficiency that led to their fifth NBA championship last season.
Tim Duncan has never stopped playing at that level.
Tony Parker had 22 points and Duncan nearly had a triple double in limited minutes and San Antonio never trailed in 99-87 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night.
MILWAUKEE -- Washington Wizards coach Randy Wittman is watching his team grow up and become a contender.
One night after knocking off LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Wizards rallied behind John Wall and Paul Pierce, after falling behind by 15 points in the first half, to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 111-100.
Pierce led the Wizards with 25 points, hitting several key shots down the stretch, and Wall added 19 points and 9 assists.
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Sacramento Kings were facing an opponent missing four starters and playing on the second night of a back-to-back -- a scenario that scared the daylights out of coach Mike Malone.
His young Kings are just getting the taste of success, and the coach worried about a let-down. DeMarcus Cousins wouldn't allow that to happen.
Cousins had 31 points and 18 rebounds to power the Sacramento Kings to a 113-101 victory over the short-handed Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday night.
HOUSTON -- James Harden scored 32 points, including five down the stretch, to help the Houston Rockets rally for a 95-92 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night.
Houston, playing without Dwight Howard (knee injury), ended its two-game skid and snapped the Mavericks' six-game winning streak.
Dallas led by four with less than a minute remaining before Harden made two free throws. Monta Ellis missed on the other end and Harden put Houston on top 93-92 when he made a jump shot and the ensuing free throw with 28 seconds left.
NEW YORK -- Even with a winless team coming to Madison Square Garden, there was no chance of the New York Knicks being overconfident.
"For us, right now, it's not like we were playing great," point guard Jose Calderon said.
They were good enough to beat Philadelphia.
CLEVELAND -- LeBron James has a blunt assessment for where the Cavaliers stand after 12 games.
"We're a very fragile team right now, we were a fragile team from the beginning," James said after Cleveland squandered an early 18-point lead and lost 110-93 to the Toronto Raptors on Saturday for its fourth straight loss. "Any little adversity hits us, we just shell up."
The Cavaliers, considered the league's best team when the season began, have been hit with plenty of adversity. Cleveland is 5-7 and there is already talk of the team playing in the dark and the players having bad body language. The Cavaliers have a day off to think about their issues before hosting Orlando on Monday.
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Orlando Magic acknowledged they had no answer for Chris Bosh on Saturday night, and it cost them in a 99-92 loss to the Miami Heat.
Bosh scored 14 of his season-high 32 points in the fourth quarter and the Heat (7-6) beat their intrastate rivals for the 10th straight time.
"I'm not really used to guarding players like him," said Magic center Nik Vucevic. "Usually I'm around the paint, trying to help, but with him you can't do that. With Bosh, you have to be really close, and if you help he gets those open shots. He got it going with some open shots and at the end he was unstoppable."
INDIANAPOLIS — Things are looking up in the Valley of the Sun.
After making a late-season playoff push last spring, the Phoenix Suns have picked up where they left off and are blazing their way through their first extended road trip of the season.
Gerald Green scored a game-high 23 points, Isaiah Thomas scored 16 points off the bench and two other starters scored in double figures Saturday (Sunday, Manila time) in Phoenix's 106-83 road win over Indiana.
HOUSTON -- There is no timetable for Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard's return after he underwent platelet-rich plasma therapy to treat his strained right knee, coach Kevin McHale said before Saturday night's 95-92 win against the Dallas Mavericks.
It was the second consecutive game missed by Howard, who warmed up before Wednesday's loss to the Los Angeles Lakers before it was determined minutes before tip-off that he could not play.
Howard underwent the PRP therapy, a cutting-edge technique that Kobe Bryant used in 2013, on Thursday.
HOUSTON -- Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban strongly agreed with NBA commissioner Adam Silver's opinion that sports betting should be legalized throughout the United States, predicting it would happen within three to five years.
In an op-ed piece in the New York Times earlier this month, Silver lobbied for the federal government to allow states to authorize betting on professional sports, subject to strict regulatory requirements and technological safeguards.
"I agree 100 percent," Cuban said Saturday night before the Mavericks lost 95-92 to the Houston Rockets. "I think we're the world's biggest hypocrites when we say, 'Oh, we don't want you betting on our games,' and then we get all excited about the sports betting line and people go to Vegas on trips won from the NBA or NFL. I mean, it's hugely hypocritical.