Surging Spurs wallop weary Jazz at home
NBA: The Spurs (21-5) and their league-best defence roared out of the gate to a 29-14 advantage after the opening quarter of the contest –
Los Angeles: Kawhi Leonard scored 22 points, and LaMarcus Aldridge and Frenchman Tony Parker added 18 apiece as the surging Spurs moved to 13-0 at home this season after drumming the weary Utah Jazz 118-81.
“We came out with a bang and wouldn’t let them in the game,” Leonard said on Monday.
The Spurs (21-5) and their league-best defence roared out of the gate to a 29-14 advantage after the opening quarter, which swelled to 59-36 by half-time. The lead ballooned to as many as 46 in the third quarter as Spurs coach Gregg Popovich removed his starters en route to their ninth win of more than 20 points this season.
“It’s always tough to have big leads in the NBA, but we’re playing great defence and were able to keep it,” Parker said.
“I’ll take blowouts, especially early in the season, because the starters can rest and it will help come playoff time,” he said. Derrick Favours had 16 points for Utah (10-12), which suffered their worst road loss of the season, just 24 hours after Sunday’s overtime loss at Oklahoma City. Jazz coach Quin Snyder admitted the gruelling five-games-in-seven-nights schedule had caught up with his young club. “We had no juice, and that’s the wrong team to play when you’re out of gas because their defence is terrific and they’re a championship-level programme,” he said. “We were tired and not verygood.”
– Miami Heat 100, Atlanta Hawks 88: Chris Bosh scored 24 points, and Gerald Green added 11 of his 20 in the final frame as the visiting Heat (14-9) caged the Hawks (14-12) for their second-straight win despite Kent Bazemore’s career-best 28.
– Indiana Pacers 106, Toronto Raptors 90: Jordan Hill had season highs of 20 points with 13 rebounds, Monta Ellis netted 18, and the Pacers (14-9) rallied from an early 21-point deficit to snap the visiting Raptors’ four-game winning streak.
DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry had 20 points apiece for Toronto(16-10), which had taken the clubs’ previous five meetings.
– Los Angeles Clippers 105, Detroit Pistons 103 (OT): Blake Griffin scored 34 points and assisted on Jamal Crawford’s wide-open tie-breaking triple with 12.4 seconds to go in overtime as the visiting Clippers (15-10) slipped past the Pistons for their eighth win in the past 10 games.
Reggie Jackson collected 34 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists while Andre Drummond finished with 20 points and 15 rebounds in Detroit (14-12), which suffered their 10th-straight loss in the series.
Chicago Bulls 115, Philadelphia 76ers 96: Jimmy Butler scored 23 points, and Tony Snell added 12 of his 16 in the decisive 34-12 third quarter to go along with 11 rebounds as the Bulls (13-8) won their third in a row while dropping the league-worst Sixers (1-25) to 0-15 on the road.
Orlando Magic 105, Brooklyn Nets 82: Nikola Vucevic scored 18 points, Elfrid Payton had 17, and the Magic (13-11) recorded their first victory in seven visits to Brooklyn after holding the Nets (7-17) to 39 per cent field-goal shooting.
Memphis Grizzlies 112, Washington Wizards 95: Spaniard Marc Gasol had 24 points and 12 rebounds, Mike Conley added 18 points and 11assists, and the Grizzlies (14-12) stopped a modest two-game slide after whipping the visiting Wizards (10-13), paced by Gary Neal’s 24 points.
– Denver Nuggets 114, Houston Rockets 108: Will Barton hit a pair of game-sealing free throws with 13.5 seconds left to cap a a 23-point effort while Gary Harris added a career-best 21 and the Nuggets (10-14) held off the visiting Rockets (12-13) despite James Harden’s game-high 24.
– Dallas Mavericks 104, Phoenix Suns 94: Deron Williams scored 18 points, and Chandler Parsons added eight of his 17 in a pivotal 20-4 third-quarter closing run as the Mavericks (14-11) shaded the visiting Suns (11-15), paced by Eric Bledsoe’s 23.
– Portland Trail Blazers 105, New Orleans Pelicans 101: Damian Lillard scored 30 points, Gerald Henderson added 19 off the bench, and the Trail Blazers (11-15) ran their home winning streak to 10 over the Pelicans (6-18), led by Anthony Davis’ 28.