Detroit Pistons point guard Brandon Jennings (7) drives past San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker (9) during the first quarter at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Photo by Tim Fuller, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters.
Pistons 109, Spurs 100
Brandon Jennings led Detroit with 21 points and six assists, and interim Pistons coach John Loyer won his debut over the short-handed San Antonio Spurs.
Loyer replaced Mo Cheeks, who was fired Sunday after just 50 games as the head coach.
Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey supplied 20 points off the bench, and power forward Greg Monroe contributed his 21st double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Detroit (22-29) won their third straight overall and fifth consecutive home game.
Guard Marco Belinelli paced San Antonio (37-15), with 20 points but the Spurs played without Tiago Splitter (right shin contusion), Kawhi Leonard (right hand fracture) and Manu Ginobili (left hamstring tightness).
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Raptors 108, Pelicans 101
Patrick Patterson scored a season-best 22 points and guard DeMar DeRozan also scored 22 as the Toronto Raptors defeated the New Orleans Pelicans.
The victory snapped a two-game losing streak by the Raptors (27-24), who also got 19 points and 12 assists from guard Kyle Lowry. Guard/forward Terrence Ross added 14 points and forward Tyler Hansbrough scored 12.
Tyreke Evans came off the bench to lead the Pelicans (22-29) with 23 points and 10 assists. Forward Anthony Davis added 19 points and guard Brian Roberts scored 18.
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Celtics 102, Bucks 86
Jeff Green scored 29 points as the Boston Celtics beat the Milwaukee Bucks.
Boston centers Kelly Olynyk and Jared Sullinger each posted double-doubles, Olynyk finishing with 14 points and 11 boards and Sullinger with 13 points with 10 rebounds.
The only team to lose twice this season to the Bucks -- owners of the league's worst record (9-42) -- Boston (19-34) pulled away from Milwaukee early in the fourth quarter.
The Celtics built a 10-point lead when Green sank a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 7:32 to play.