LOS ANGELES -- Kawhi Leonard scored 21 points despite foul trouble and the San Antonio Spurs shook off the rust from a nine-day layoff to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 105-97 on Friday night for their third straight win.
Pau Gasol added 17 points and 11 rebounds off the bench in his return from a 15-game absence because of a fractured finger. LaMarcus Aldridge had 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Dewayne Dedmon grabbed 12 rebounds.
Blake Griffin scored 29 points for the Clippers, who have dropped consecutive games to the league's two winningest teams since the All-Star break ended. They lost by 10 points at Golden State a night earlier. The Spurs have the league's second-best record at 44-13.
DENVER -- Running the floor, hitting the boards and putting up points -- a lot of them -- are becoming staples for the Denver Nuggets.
Gary Harris scored a career-high 25 points and the Nuggets bounced back from successive losses to beat Brooklyn 129-109 on Friday night, handing the inept Nets their 15th loss in a row.
Wilson Chandler had 24 points and Danilo Gallinari added 20 for the Nuggets, who scored 120 or more for the 18th time this season.
ATLANTA -- Tyler Johnson looked past his team-leading points on a stat sheet which told the story of Miami's productive night.
Johnson scored 23 points and the resurgent Heat helped add new life to their playoff hopes by beating the Atlanta Hawks 108-90 on Friday night.
Johnson found good news everywhere in the statistics.
MINNEAPOLIS -- For a guy who spent the week engulfed in trade rumors, Ricky Rubio looked right at home in Minnesota.
No time to worry about speculation. The Timberwolves need him and the rest of their young core if they're going to make a playoff push.
Karl-Anthony Towns had 26 points and 18 rebounds, and Andrew Wiggins scored 27 points to help the Timberwolves beat the Dallas Mavericks 97-84 on Friday night.
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Russell Westbrook connected with his new teammates immediately.
Westbrook scored 17 points in his 28th triple-double of the season, and the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 110-93 on Friday night.
It was the first game in a Thunder uniform for Taj Gibson and Doug McDermott, acquired Thursday in a trade with the Chicago Bulls. Gibson scored 12 points and McDermott added eight, even though they arrived Thursday night and weren't even available for shootaround on Friday.
MILWAUKEE -- A thunderous dunk by Gordon Hayward seemed to wake the Utah Jazz out of an early slumber.
Hayward drove the baseline around fellow All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo for the momentum-changing bucket with 8:07 left in the first quarter that snapped an 11-3 run by the Milwaukee Bucks to start the game on Friday night.
Utah controlled the paint and the game from that point for a 109-95 victory, with Hayward leading the way with 29 points.
CHICAGO -- To Dwyane Wade, it felt like an otherworldly experience.
There he was showing some of his old explosiveness as he drove past Eric Bledsoe for a thunderous right-handed dunk over a rotating Alex Len, an emphatic exclamation mark on a wild overtime victory for the Chicago Bulls.
"It was an out of body experience," he said.