Spurs win 14th straight; 76ers’ skid hits 25

 

SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Spurs knew the Philadelphia 76ers have been coming in on a long losing streak.

They had no intentions of taking it easy on them.

Austin Daye had 22 points and Tim Duncan added 19 because the Spurs earned their 14th straight win with a 113-ninety one victory Monday evening that sent the 76ers to their twenty fifth consecutive loss.

Philadelphia will face Houston on Thursday with the dubious distinction of being a loss shy of tying the NBA file for consecutive losses set by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2010-eleven. Before the sport, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said he felt horrible for former assistant Brett Brown, now the 76ers' coach. But he added that he did not feel sorry for "considered one of my finest mates," as a result of pity would upset his former protege.

"Clearly, it's a rough season for them," Duncan stated. "It's a rebuilding season for them. [Brown] is aware of that, they know that. They've a number of young guys. He is simply trying to get the system in place that has them taking part in the best way he wants them playing. It's a process. He is aware of that."

Kawhi Leonard and Patty Mills scored 15 points every and Cory Joseph added 12 for San Antonio, which maintained the league's best report at fifty four-16. The Spurs did not play starters Tony Parker, Tiago Splitter and Danny Green, however didn't want them towards the lowly 76ers.

Thaddeus Young and Michael Carter-Williams every scored 19 factors, Byron Mullens added 15 and Elliot Williams had 14 for Philadelphia (15-fifty six).

Daye, who was averaging 2.three minutes whereas playing in solely four video games since being acquired from Toronto on Feb. 20, completed 6-for-10 on three-pointers and had six rebounds in 29 minutes. It was familiar to Brown, who served as an assistant under Popovich for seven seasons.

"He is lucky," Brown stated, "and I've seen this over so a few years – people can come into that system and shine. This system creates opportunities for everybody, and he took advantage of these. The eye you need to give others and the movement that they've in their construction allowed him to get freed up loads.

"He reaped the benefit of enjoying in that system."

The Sixers kept tempo early in opposition to the Spurs, with Carter-Williams fearlessly driving into the paint for a collection of quick jumpers and Hollis Thompson hitting a pair of 3s.

Popovich called timeout with three:forty four left in the first quarter after Williams dunked over Duncan to tie it at 19.

Philadelphia's early success awoke the Spurs and introduced out one of the best in Daye. His athleticism and energy have been just what San Antonio wanted after a listless begin.

"He's a skilled guy," Popovich stated. "Obviously he can shoot it. However he is additionally a good passer. He is aware of the right way to play the sport. It was good to be able to get him some time tonight."

San Antonio went on a 26-5 spurt bridging the first and second quarters, capped by a 19-0 run.

Daye first ran down Carter-Williams, swatting his layup try from behind, resulting in Leonard's driving layup for a 23-19 lead with 3 minutes left within the opening quarter.

Mullens' three-pointer snapped a 6 ½-minute drought, however the Spurs have been up 45-27 with 6:35 left within the first half.

Daye then stole an outlet go on the run, driving instantly at a backpedalling Mullens on a 3-on-1 break. Daye faked a behind-the-back go to Duncan on the left and dished to Joseph on the proper, who fed an open Duncan for a layup and a 47-27 lead.

"He acquired a chance," Duncan mentioned. "He actually stepped up and shot the ball really well. The boy is de facto lengthy. He made some great plays defensively [and] rebounded the ball. He did plenty of good issues on the market."

The Spurs began Ginobili to provide the group another facilitator on the court docket with Parker out. Ginobili did that and extra, scoring seven points and grabbing two rebounds in eight minutes. He drove to the basket for a series of reverse layups, but was blocked by the rim on a one-handed dunk try in starting 2-for-3 from the field.

San Antonio completed with 31 assists while capturing fifty six p.c from the sector.

"It's powerful," Carter-Williams stated. "They transfer the ball really well with the additional pass. They try to transfer the ball and virtually tire you out on defense. You bought to be able to rotate and play all through the shot clock."

The victory did little to satiate the Spurs or Popovich, who're hoping to return to the NBA Finals after falling to Miami final season in a heartbreaking seven-game sequence.

"We're taking part in well by this stretch and winning some video games," Duncan stated. "Pop continues to be not glad, obviously, with what we're doing. We wish to stay wholesome. We need to stay transferring in the correct direction.

"Hopefully we can ride this into the playoffs and feel good going into the playoffs."

 

Game notes

San Antonio's Large Three of Duncan, Ginobili and Parker have played for 39 seasons, which is seven years more expertise than your entire Philadelphia roster mixed. The 76ers have six rookies on this yr's roster… Former Spurs F Malik Rose, a Philadelphia native, now serves as an analyst for 76ers tv. He stuffed in for the Spurs in the same capacity earlier than joining Philadelphia's broadcast workforce.

 

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Durant keeps rolling as OKC tops Spurs again

 
 
 

SAN ANTONIO – Teams are finding out there's little they can do to stop Kevin pendant.

pendant had 36 points to counteract Tony Parker's season-high thirty seven, and Oklahoma City survived the testy 111-105 victory more than San Antonio on wed night, their third earn this season over the defending traditional western Conference champions.

Durant is hitting 38. 1 points in his last 11 games, assisting the Thunder reclaim the particular Western Conference's record with a five-game winning streak plus an 8-3 mark."Kevin do his thing down the extend, it was pretty remarkable, inch San Antonio Spurs trainer Gregg Popovich said.Durant and Jackson mixed for 22 points upon 9-for-15 shooting in a 35-point fourth quarter for Oklahoma City (33-10).

Jackson had 11 successive points early in the 4th, blowing past Parker with regard to layups to give the Thunder the 94-89 lead with eight minutes left.

"He has had excellent games against the Spurs, inch Oklahoma City coach Scott creeks said. "I can't place my finger on it. We want him to play aggressive golf ball on both ends of the ground. I thought he did a good job of finding spots on the floor that he can finish around the rim. "Jackson averages thirteen. 2 points, but offers scored 23. 7 factors against the Spurs this season.

Durant rebounded up and down excitedly after their second 3-pointer of the one fourth gave Oklahoma City a 108-98 lead with 1 moment remaining.

"Durant hit some difficult shots, he hit a few big 3s down the extend and it just got away from all of us, " Spurs veteran bernard Duncan said. "I don't know how else to explain this. "

Duncan and Boris Diaw obtained 14 points each, Marco Belinelli experienced 13 points and Manu Ginobili

additional 10 points. Duncan added thirteen rebounds, but San Antonio (32-10) struggled to conquer the loss of their top protective stopper, Kawhi Leonard.

Durant finished twelve for 22, but battled to get his shot away against the snug defense of the 6-foot-7 Leonard, who has the 7-4 wingspan. Leonard remaining the game late in the 1st half after sustaining the non-displaced fracture in his correct hand. His status will be unknown, but a similar injuries is expected to sideline Danny Green for a month.

"It's difficult, we're dropping like lures right now, " Duncan stated. "Losing Kawhi was large, especially in a game like this evening. "

Durant scored 24 factors after Leonard left the game with 3 minutes left in the first half.

"I felt earlier in the game the pick-and-roll has been working, " Durant stated. "I was able to go at the bigs a little bit and in the second half I missed a few shots, too. They did a good job of just becoming physical. I think in the 2nd half the defense was a little better. "

With Leonard out, the Spurs rotated and balanced Belinelli, Ginobili and 6-3 former Texas Longhorns teammate Cory Joseph on the 6 to 9 Durant. San Antonio actually attempted a zone in one point to slow pendant to no avail.

"(He guarded Durant) just one time in the zone — he just shot more than me, " Parker stated. "He is on fire right now anyways. He played excellent tonight. You just have to give them credit score. "

The Spurs used a physical defense against Durant along with Leonard out, especially when Ginobili drew the assignment. The tough play angered Durant, that twice lowered his glenohumeral joint and dropped Ginobili. each plays resulted in non-calls, which usually incensed Popovich. The Spurs trainer screamed at officials whilst Durant appeared to yell in Popovich. Popovich was evaluated a technical foul, which usually Durant angrily sank along with 1: 12 to give Oklahoma City a 55-51 lead along with 1: 19 left in the first half. Durant dismissed the particular heated emotion just as rapidly as he did any mental boost the Thunder will get through beating the rival Spurs three times. "I'm sure those men aren't worried that we defeat them three times, " pendant said. "We're just going to keep plugging away. inch San Antonio is 1-9 against the West's remaining top-five groups and the East's best, indianapolis, but they have bigger issues now. After remaining fairly healthy in reaching the NBAfinal season, the Spurs have been plagued by a rash of accidental injuries in the past month. Leonard joins beginning center Tiago Splitter plus former starter Green on the injured list. Parker is also still has a bruised tibia that limits his flexibility and long-range shooting ahead Matt Bonner has to put on a mask after busting his nose Friday against the Portland Trail Blazers.

"(Losing Leonard) is a big loss for us, " Parker said. "We are already down Tiago plus Danny, but everyone goes through injuries and we have to deal with this. Other guys are going to have in order to step up, but we just have to keep playing. "

Parker had twenty points in the second fifty percent, including 12 in the 4th quarter.

"Offensively, Tony was excellent, but he needed a few help for a little while and we just did not get it in order to him, " Duncan stated.

There were four lead changes plus six ties in the 3rd quarter, but Oklahoma City in no way trailed in the fourth.

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Splitter (sprained right shoulder) and eco-friendly (broken left index finger) both missed the game… Oklahoma City is 10-4 in back-to-back games, including a 4-3 report on the second night. They have swept three back-to-backs this season. San Antonio has a 54-22 record at home over Oklahoma City… Bonner, the Spurs' fun-loving forward, is playing along with the ribbing he is getting about the face mask he must wear to protect the particular broken nose he continual Friday against the Portland path Blazers. Duncan, who owns a vehicle customization shop, offered the custom-paint job for the obvious mask and Parker joked that Bonner could `'scare Durant" with it. Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News jokingly asked if the injuries ends Bonner's hopes of a modeling career once their NBA days are more than. `'I can still be a hands model, " Bonner stated.