NBA: Spurs, Bulls and Thunder emerge victorious

San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) goes up for a dunk in front of LA Clippers forward Luc Mbah a Moute (12) during the first quarter at Staples Center. PHOTO: REUTERS

(REUTERS) - Kawhi Leonard scored 21 points, and the San Antonio Spurs used a third-quarter spark to defeat the Los Angeles Clippers 105-97 in the National Basketball Association on Friday night at Staples Center.

Tony Parker and Pau Gasol, who played for the first time in 15 games after breaking his left hand, contributed 17 points apiece for the Spurs, who won their third in a row. Gasol also collected 11 rebounds. LaMarcus Aldridge had 15 points and 11 boards and Patty Mills added 14 points for San Antonio.

Blake Griffin scored 23 of his 29 points in the second half for the Clippers. Austin Rivers came off the bench to score 23 points, while Chris Paul, who returned after missing 14 games with a torn ligament in his left thumb, scored 17 points, grabbed six rebounds and handed out five assists. DeAndre Jordan chipped 14 points and eight rebounds.

In Chicago, Dwyane Wade scored 23 points, Jimmy Butler had 22 and the Chicago Bulls put five scorers in double figures in their 128-121 overtime win against the Phoenix Suns.

Nikola Mirotic scored 20 points off the bench and Robin Lopez added 19 for the Bulls, who also got 15 points from rookie Denzel Valentine.

Devin Booker led the Suns with 27 points. Eric Bledsoe, Marquese Chriss and TJ Warren each scored 17. Alan Williams also had 16 points for Phoenix, who blew an 11-point lead in the fourth quarter.

In Oklahoma City, Russell Westbrook collected his 28th triple-double of the season to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder over the Los Angeles Lakers 110-93 at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Westbrook scored 17 points on 4-of-17 shooting from the field to go with 17 assists and 19 rebounds. Alex Abrines and Andre Roberson each had 19 points and combined to hit eight three-pointers. Steven Adams collected 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Thunder.

D'Angelo Russell paced the Lakers with 29 points. Jordan Clarkson came off the bench to score 14 points and Julius Randle added 13.

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