Gary Neal and Tony Parker helped league-leading San Antonio beat the host Houston Rockets 134-126 in overtime.

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HOUSTON — Tony Parker was happy about getting his first career triple-double Monday night.

When it became clear the performance was going to help the San Antonio Spurs win, the 12-year veteran could enjoy it much more.

Gary Neal scored a career-best 29 points and Parker had 27 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists to lead the Spurs over the Houston Rockets 134-126 in overtime.

“I was like, ‘Man if we lose, nobody is going to care,’ ” Parker said with a laugh about his triple-double. “Now that we won the game, it makes it even better because at the end of the day people only care about wins.”

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Parker’s showing complemented Neal’s 7-of-10 effort from three-point range.

Jeremy Lin, previously with the New York Knicks, had his best game since joining the Rockets, scoring a career-high-tying 38 points with leading scorer James Harden sidelined by a sprained right ankle.

League-leading San Antonio (18-4) has won five in a row.

Houston is 0-2 since coach Kevin McHale returned to the bench Saturday after taking a leave of absence Nov. 10 to be with his family as his daughter’s health worsened. Alexandra “Sasha” McHale died Nov. 24 of complications from Lupus. She was 23.

“Those guys, those closers have been in a million of those games,” McHale said of the Spurs.


LeBron James scored 27 points to help defending champion Miami beat the Atlanta Hawks 101-92 and improve to 10-1 at home this season.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 30 points and 12 rebounds to lead host Portland to a 92-74 victory over the Toronto Raptors. The Trail Blazers didn’t have starters Nicolas Batum (back pain) and Wesley Matthews (strained hip).

Stephen Curry scored 27 points to lead Golden State to a 104-96 victory over visiting Charlotte. David Lee had 25 points and 11 rebounds for the Warriors, who have won seven of their last eight.

• Host Dallas had a 31-3 run in the first half of its 119-96 victory over Sacramento.

• Cleveland guard Kyrie Irving, last season’s league rookie of the year, was cleared to practice after missing 11 games because of a broken finger and might play Tuesday against the visiting Los Angeles Lakers.

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