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Pau Gasol paced the San Antonio Spurs (53-16) to a 118-102 win against the Sacramento Kings (27-43) with 22 points and 9 rebounds in 20 minutes off the bench. Tony Parker added 16 points for the winners as well. For the Kings, Greek centers Kosta Koufos and George Papagiannis finished the game with 5 and 6 points each in 15 and 24 minutes respectively.
A double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds by Jusuf Nurkic helped Portland Trail Blazers (32-37) get past Miami Heat (34-36) with 115-104. For Heat, recently injured Goran Dragic added 17 points in 38 minutes.
Jonas Valanciunas recorded another double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds in 24 minutes for Toronto Raptors (41-29) that got past Indiana Pacers with ease, 116-91. For Pacers, Kevin Seraphin scored 4 points.
The New Orleans Pelicans (29-41) beat Minnesota Timberwolves (28-41) 123-109, with Lithuanian power forward Donatas Motiejunas scoring 4 points for the winners. For the opposing side, Ricky Rubio finished the game with 10 points and 14 assists.
Ivica Zubac scored 10 points in Los Angeles Lakers’ (20-50) 125-120 loss to Cleveland Cavaliers (46-23).
Serbian giant Boban Marjanovic contributed 4 points to Detroit Pistons’ (34-36) 112-92 win against the Phoenix Suns (22-48).
Notably, Dirk Nowitzki and Dario Saric paced Dallas Mavericks and Philadelphia 76ers to wins against Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics respectively.