Trans. Dec 5 7:57 ET (Dec 5 7:57 ET ) The NBA cancelled a rare game in Mexico City between the San Antonio Spurs and Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday after smoke from a generator malfunction engulfed the arena, forcing players to evacuate. Players abandoned their warm-up and exited the 22,000-capacity Arena Ciudad de Mexico about an hour before tip-off as smoke entered the facility. The game, which would have given Mexicans a rare chance to see big-name NBA players such as Spurs guard Tony Parker and regional star Manu Ginobili of Argentina, will now take place in Minnesota, the NBA said.
SAN ANTONIO -- The San Antonio Spurs were struggling to keep up with the young, athletic Atlanta Hawks on their home court. Forward Tim Duncan hit the game-winning basket with four-10ths of a second to go, giving San Antonio a 102-100 win over Atlanta on Monday night. "It was another great play call by coach Pop (coach Gregg Popovich)," Duncan said on his final 16-foot jump shot that swished in. Forward Boris Diaw scored 16 points, guard Tony Parker had 15, Belinelli contributed 13 and center Tiago Splitter added 11 to help the Spurs (15-3) earn their 16th consecutive victory over the Hawks in San Antonio.
Tim Duncan scored 23 points and added 21 rebounds, his 2nd double-double of the season, to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a close victory over the Atlanta Hawks, 102-100. The Spurs were on fire from the field in this one, going 42-78 (53.8%). San Antonio (15-3) has now won 8 of their last 10 games. Other top performers for San Antonio were Tony Parker with 15 points and 7 assists, Tiago Splitter with 11 points and 5 rebounds, and Manu Ginobili with 10 points and 7 assists.
SAN ANTONIO -- Both the Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs benefited from a relatively soft early season schedule, so a meeting between the two bitter Southwest Division rivals was just what each needed to gauge their early season success. The Rockets, who average a league-leading 109.3 points, held off a second-half charge from the Spurs and held on for a 112-106 win, the first road team to do so this season, at the AT&T Center. Guard James Harden led the Rockets (13-5) with 31 points to lead all scorers and forward Chandler Parsons continued his sharp shooting lately despite a sore back. Guard Tony Parker led the Spurs (14-3) with 27 points and forward Tim Duncan added 20 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots.
Although James Harden has returned to action, there's no guarantee as to how much he'll be able to contribute Saturday night for the Houston Rockets. Whether San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker suits up is going to be a game-time decision. The Spurs are 7-0 home, where they have also won seven straight against a Rockets team that comes to town with Dwight Howard for the first time. Coach Kevin McHale said that the Rockets' top scorer would not have played had Jeremy Lin not been out with a sprained right knee.