Basketball - Spurs silence Thunder with win

Round-up: The San Antonio Spurs beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 105-93 while the Philadelphia 76ers downed the Brooklyn Nets.

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San Antonio Spurs Tiago Splitter (R) drives against Oklahoma Thunder Serge Ibaka during the first half of their NBA basketball game in San Antonio (Reuters)

Spurs 105, Thunder 93

Tiago Splitter had 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Spurs to victory at the AT&T Center.

Splitter went 9-for-11 from the field and 3-for-5 from the free-throw line in the highly anticipated matchup between the two best teams in the Western Conference.

The Spurs (49-15) had five other players score in double figures. Kawhi Leonard had 17 points, Danny Green 16, Tim Duncan 13, Manu Ginobili 12 and Boris Diaw 11.

Kevin Durant, the NBA's scoring leader at 28.4 points per game, scored 26 for the Thunder (47-17). Russell Westbrook added 25 points, and Serge Ibaka had 13 points and 16 rebounds.

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76ers 106, Nets 97

Spencer Hawes combined a season-high 24 points with 10 rebounds and seven assists and the Philadelphia 76ers ended a five-game losing streak with a 106-97 victory over the Brooklyn Nets.

Thaddeus Young added 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Jrue Holiday had 15 points and 11 assists for the Sixers (24-39), who had dropped 12 of their previous 13 games.

Evan Turner scored 16 and Dorell Wright 15 for Philadelphia, which shot 52.6 percent and matched its season high of 31 assists, on 40 field goals.

Deron Williams had 27 points and 13 assists for the Nets, who saw a three-game winning streak end. Joe Johnson had 20 points and Brook Lopez 19 for Brooklyn (37-27).

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Jazz 103, Pistons 90

Mo Williams had his best game since returning from his 32-game absence, collecting 20 points and six assists to lead the Utah Jazz to a 103-90 victory over the Detroit Pistons at EnergySolutions Arena.

Williams, playing for the fourth time since returning from his thumb surgery, hit a key 3-pointer with five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter and added another jumper a minute later to help the Jazz put a short-handed but scrappy Pistons squad away.

The win ended the Jazz's four-game losing streak and moved them into a tie with the Lakers, also 33-31, for the eighth spot in the Western Conference playoff standings.

Six Pistons reached double figures in scoring, including 15 points apiece for Greg Monroe, Jonas Jerebko and Rodney Stuckey, but Detroit (23-43) fell for the sixth consecutive game.

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