Parker-less Spurs Sting Denver 102-91
Hornets outshine Suns 101-98, Mavs jet past Rockets 96-83
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 16, 2007 5:38 AM CST
San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan defends Denver Nuggets guard Allen Iverson, left, during the third quarter of their NBA basketball game in San Antonio, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2007. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Tim Duncan had a slow start coming back from an ankle injury, but Michael Finley and Fabricio Oberto each put up their best nights this season in San Antonio's 102-91 defeat of the Nuggets. The win broke a two-game losing streak, and ensured a perfect home record for the Spurs, reports the San Antonio Express-News. Elsewhere in the south:

  • New Orleans also snapped a two-game slide at home, as Chris Paul and Morris Peterson chipped in 21 points each and helped stunt Phoenix's scoring to secure a 101-98 victory.
  • Tracy McGrady struggled with his shooting and Houston once again couldn't get it together to down the Mavericks, as Dallas prevailed 96-83.