Tim Duncan and Boris Diaw scored 19 points apiece and the visiting San Antonio Spurs defeated Cleveland for the 10th consecutive time — and got the best of LeBron James again — with a 92-90 victory over the Cavaliers on Wednesday night.
Manu Ginobili scored on a layup with 18 seconds left, made a free throw with 9.1 to go and harassed James into a turnover with 1.9 seconds remaining for the defending NBA champions. It was the first meeting between the Spurs and James since June, when San Antonio overpowered the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals.
Anderson Varejao scored 23 points, Kyrie Irving added 20 and James 15 for the Cavaliers, who fell to 5-5.
James made only six of 17 shots. After Ginobili missed his free throw, James tried to rush the ball up the floor for a possible tying basket but lost control near mid-court.
Boston 101, at Philadelphia 90: Brandon Bass scored 23 points, Jared Sullinger added 22 and the Celtics sent Philadelphia to its 11th consecutive loss to start the season. Philadelphia is seven defeats from tying the 2009-10 New Jersey Nets for the worst start in NBA history.
at Toronto 96, Memphis 92: DeMar DeRozan scored 21 points, Terrence Ross had 14 of his 16 in the fourth quarter and the Raptors beat the undermanned Grizzlies, who were without five players because of a stomach virus.
Dallas 105, at Washington 102: Dirk Nowitzki limped off to the locker room after a fourth-quarter fall, then returned to make a key three-pointer, and Monta Ellis scored 24 of his 34 points in the first half as the Mavericks handed the Wizards their first home defeat.
at Indiana 88, Charlotte 86: Solomon Hill put back a miss by Rodney Stuckey as time expired, and the Pacers overcame an early 18-point deficit to beat the Hornets and spoil Lance Stephenson's first trip back to Indianapolis since signing with Charlotte in July.
Phoenix 88, at Detroit 86: Eric Bledsoe scored 18 points, including the winning basket with 28.7 seconds to play, to lift the Suns past the Pistons on the 10th anniversary of the "Malice at the Palace." Detroit has lost six of seven.