Australian guard Patty Mills played a key role as San Antonio hung on for a nail-biting 108-107 NBA win away to the Chicago Bulls.
Mills came off the bench and finished with 17 points on seven-of-10 shooting from the field as the Spurs just hung on to improve their win-loss record to 10-10.
DeMar DeRozan had a team-high 21 points for San Antonio, who had five scorers in double figures.
Chicago’s Zach LaVine had a game-high 28 points, but also missed a three-point attempt with four seconds play after the the Bulls had pulled within one point following back–to back threes from Ryan Arcidiacono.
After a foul and a steal in a last-gasp scramble, Arcidiacono fired off one last shot which came up short off the rim.
“Defence has always been a focus for us and even more so with a newer group,” said Mills, now in his eighth season with the Spurs.
“We’re just trying to get our defensive qualities in and get everyone on the same page.
“They hit a couple of big threes at the end there to put them right back in the game.
“Just getting used to playing with each other is the main thing.”
Australian centre Aron Baynes chimed in with seven points and five rebounds as the Boston Celtics downed the New Orleans Pelicans 124-107.
Kyrie Irving had 26 points and 10 assists for the Celtics who also got 20 points from Al Horford and Jayson Tatum.
Anthony Davis had 27 points and 16 rebounds for New Orleans.
Australians Joe Ingles (10 points) and Dante Exum (nine) were solid contributors for Utah, but the Jazz still came up well short in a 121-88 loss to the Indiana Pacers.
Doug McDermott (21) was one of seven Pacers to score in double figures.
John Wall scored a season-high 36 points, including six in overtime, as the Washington Wizards overcame James Harden’s season-best 54 points to outlast the Houston Rockets 135-131.
Wall had two baskets in the extra period and finished with 11 assists while Bradley Beal equalled his season high with 32 points for the Wizards.
Karl-Anthony Towns scored 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 102-95 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Robert Covington scored 24 points for the T-Wolves while Kyle Korver responded with 22 off the bench for the Cavs.
Kemba Walker and Jeremy Lamb scored 21 points each as the Charlotte Hornets claimed an impressive 110-107 win over Milwaukee Bucks.