Tim Duncan scored a season-high 31 points Wednesday night before fouling out in the second overtime, and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Washington Wizards for an NBA-high 16th time in a row, holding on for a 125-118 victory at Washington.
Patty Mills scored 11 of his 23 points in the two overtimes for the Spurs, who haven't lost to the Wizards since a 110-95 defeat on Nov. 12, 2005.
"We really thought that we were going to break the history today and finally beat them after nine years," Wizards center Marcin Gortat said. "But I guess we've got to wait another six months."
at Oklahoma City 106, Minnesota 97: The Thunder became the first NBA team with 40 wins, as Kevin Durant had 26 points, nine rebounds and seven assists in a victory over a Timberwolves team without Kevin Love and two other starters.
at Houston 122, Phoenix 108: Dwight Howard had 34 points and 14 rebounds and the Rockets won their fourth in a row. It was the fourth consecutive game with at least 20 points for Howard, who also had three steals and two blocks. James Harden added 23 points for Houston.
Portland 94, at New York 90: The shooting was cold on a snowy night, but the Trail Blazers prevailed. LaMarcus Aldridge finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds while making only five of 17 from the field, and fellow All-Star Damian Lillard made four of 12 for his 12 points. Carmelo Anthony scored 26 points on 11-for-28 shooting for the Knicks, who dropped their third straight.
at Denver 110, Milwaukee 100: Wilson Chandler scored seven of his 24 points in the final 1:52 and the Nuggets avoided another embarrassing home loss to a sub-.500 team.