NEW YORK – Tony Parker scored 24 points, including five down the stretch to halt New York’s frantic comeback attempt, and the San Antonio Spurs held off the Knicks 105-93 on Monday night.

Reserve Brent Barry added 19 points for the Spurs, who blew almost all of a 23-point lead after Knicks coach Isiah Thomas went deep into his bench with his team seemingly out of the game late in the first half.

That nearly worked.

The Knicks used a 20-2 run in the fourth quarter to pull within 92-91 with just over 4 minutes to play on a jumper by Stephon Marbury, who had the Madison Square Garden fans on their feet after they heavily booed him during a horrendous game Saturday night.

But Parker knocked down a jumper, and after Tim Duncan converted a three-point play, Parker nailed a 3-pointer that gave the Spurs a 100-91 lead with 11/2 minutes left.

Duncan and Manu Ginobili each scored 15 points and Parker had 10 assists for the Spurs, who won on consecutive days following a victory in Toronto on Sunday. San Antonio made 13 3-pointers, five by Barry.

Marbury scored 18 points and Nate Robinson added 15 for New York, which dropped its third straight following a season-opening victory at Memphis.

Magic 106, Wizards 103

ORLANDO, Fla. – Reserve guard Carlos Arroyo scored 12 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter to lift the Orlando Magic to a 106-103 victory over the Washington Wizards.

Keyon Dooling, Orlando’s other reserve guard, added 15 points and Hedo Turkoglu had 18 for the Magic, who had lost two in a row.

Antawn Jamison had 29 points to lead Washington, which didn’t score a field goal over the final 4:08.

Gilbert Arenas had 24 points and Etan Thomas added 14 points and 15 rebounds for the Wizards.

Warriors 107, Mavericks 104

DALLAS – Don Nelson made a triumphant return to Dallas – barely, and in one of the wild finishes that remind him how stressful coaching can be.

Baron Davis scored 26 points and Jason Richardson added 22, just enough for the Golden State Warriors to hold off the Mavericks 107-104 in their new coach’s return to his old stomping grounds.

The Warriors led 107-97 with 2:26 left, but didn’t score again. A 3-pointer and a layup by Devin Harris, and a jumper by Dirk Nowitzki got the Mavericks close. Jerry Stackhouse missed a 3 that would have tied it with about 5 seconds left and Anthony Johnson got the rebound. He passed to Harris, but Harris passed back to Johnson as time expired.

Not only did Dallas fail to get off the final shot, fill-in coach Del Harris was screaming for a timeout. Official Dan Crawford apologized afterward, saying he couldn’t hear it. Nelson smiled, laughed and gave Harris, one of his best friends, a pat on the back.

Bulls 110, Bucks 85

CHICAGO – Ben Gordon scored 37 points and set a career high with nine assists to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 110-85 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.

Gordon, who was 15-of-25 from the field, was two points shy of his career high when he headed to the bench with 3:29 left and the Bulls ahead by 22 points. He had 22 points and all of his assists in the first half.

Andres Nocioni and Luol Deng each scored 17 points for Chicago, while P.J. Brown finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds.

He was 6-for-12 from the field, after going 1-for-10 the first three games. And Ben Wallace grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked five shots. Michael Redd led the Bucks with 30 points, while Charlie Villanueva scored 17 and grabbed 13 rebounds.

The Bulls looked more like the team that opened the season with a 42-point victory at defending champion Miami than the one that lost its next two games. After blowing a six-point lead in the final 1:19 and losing by one to Sacramento in Friday’s home-opener, Chicago took control in the first half Monday and never relinquished it.

Jazz 103, Pistons 101

SALT LAKE CITY – Mehmet Okur had 20 points and 11 rebounds and blocked Richard Hamilton’s layup with one second left to lead the unbeaten Utah Jazz to a 103-101 victory over the Detroit Pistons.

Okur, a former Piston, scored eight points in the final quarter and saved the Jazz from having to go to overtime when Hamilton got past Utah’s Andrei Kirilenko and drove for a layup that would have tied it.

Okur blocked the shot and the buzzer sounded, giving the Jazz their second 4-0 start in three seasons. Utah has won three straight over Detroit.

Carlos Boozer had his fourth double-double of the season with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Deron Williams scored 14 points and Derek Fisher had 12 and the two guards each had seven assists for the Jazz.

Rasheed Wallace finished with 25 points and 12 rebounds to lead Detroit.

Wallace also received his fourth technical of the season in the second quarter, but managed to keep from being ejected and helped the Pistons stay in the game.


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