had 27 points, Manu Ginobili
added 26 and the San Antonio Spurs
cruised to a 99-81 win against the Indiana pacers on Tuesday night. Tony Parker
added 13 points for the Spurs, who also got 10 rebounds from Duncan. Danny Granger
led the Pacers with 17 points.
HAWKS 105, BULLS 102Josh Smith
had 17 points and Joe Johnson
added 16 to lead Atlanta to a win at Chicago, despite the Bulls
' fourth-quarter rally. Drew Gooden
was sidelined for the game with a strained left groin, and the Hawks again were without injured forwards Al Horford
and Marvin Williams
Bryant's finger causes discomfort
Several previous injuries have not bothered the Lakers' Kobe Bryant
as much as the dislocated finger he sustained in Monday's game against Cleveland. Bryant said the pain in the ring finger of his right hand was "probably the most I'd ever played with," and his face contorted Tuesday afternoon as he recounted his unsuccessful attempt to steal the ball from LeBron James
. Bryant did not practice and he was wearing a splint made of plastic, aluminum and foam. When asked if he would play tonight against the Clippers, he indicated in the affirmative, in his own way. "What do you think?" he said. .
Denver guard Dahntay Jones
suffered a separated right shoulder in pregame warm-ups Tuesday and was out of the lineup for the game against Sacramento. The Nuggets said Jones injured the shoulder in a collision in a pregame workout but the X-rays were negative for a clavicle fracture. ... Memphis has signed forward Darius Miles
to a second 10-day contract after waiving him on Jan. 7. ... Phoenix signed free-agent center Courtney Sims
to a 10-day contract.
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Tuesday's highlight Tim Duncan and Mau Ginobili combined for 53 points for the Spurs.
Today's best bet Sacramento at Denver. The Nuggets have won seven of their last nine at home.
Who's hot Portland's Greg Oden had a career-high 24 points and 15 rebounds in a win Monday.