NEW ORLEANS – Manu Ginobili and the San Antonio Spurs never doubted their ability Sunday to overcome a 17-point deficit on the road, in the second half. But a 109-95 win over New Orleans? That was a bit of a surprise.

“It’s hard to believe that we were up by 30” in second-half scoring, Ginobili said. “We were kind of shocked, but we played very well. We hustled a lot and defensively we were much, much better.”

Ginobili scored 15 of his 23 points in the second half, and San Antonio stormed back convincingly to hand the Hornets their first home loss of the season.

JAZZ 109, CLIPPERS 97: In Los Angeles, Deron Williams had 26 points and nine assists and Utah won its fifth straight. C.J. Miles scored 10 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter for the Jazz.

KNICKS 125, PISTONS 116: Amare Stoudemire had 37 points and 15 rebounds, and Raymond Felton added 23 points and 11 assists for New York in a double-overtime victory in Auburn Hills, Mich.

HAWKS 96, RAPTORS 78: Josh Smith had his third career triple-double and Marvin Williams added 17 points and 12 rebounds for Atlanta in Toronto. Smith finished with 12 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists.

NETS 98, BLAZERS 96: Devin Harris had 25 points, including a clutch 3-pointer with 1:11 left, and eight assists to lead the host Nets. The win snapped a two-game losing streak for New Jersey (6-11), which handed Portland (8-8) a third straight loss.

ROCKETS 99, THUNDER 98: Kevin Martin scored 23 points, Shane Battier hit 4 of 6 attempts from 3-point range and Houston won at home. The Thunder trailed most of the game but rallied in the fourth quarter and took it down to the final second, when Kevin Durant missed a short jumper.

NUGGETS 138, SUNS 133: J.R. Smith scored a season-high 30 points and the Nuggets overcame the absence of Carmelo Anthony in the highest-scoring game of the season. Anthony was feeling ill. He lasted just 2:48 before sitting down for good.


CAVALIERS: Coach Byron Scott knew it was coming. To the surprise of no one, the league fined him $35,000 Sunday for his verbal assault on officials Ed Malloy, Bennie Adams and Kevin Fehr after a loss to the Orlando Magic on Friday.