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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Spurs outlast Warriors for 13th straight win

OAKLAND, Calif. – No matter the lineup or location, the San Antonio Spurs are rolling by way of the NBA once more this spring, simply the way in which they’ve for many of the last two decades.

Particularly against Golden State.

Tony Parker had 20 points and five assists, Danny Green scored 18 points and the short-handed Spurs outlasted the Warriors 99-ninety on Saturday night time for their 13th straight victory.

“I assume they believe in themselves and in the system, they usually just hold working it. Other than that, I do not really know what to tell you,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich stated. “They’ve simply obtained great character. They by no means give in, and I feel they like the challenge when guys are out. They seem to take pleasure in it.”

Tiago Splitter added 17 factors and 14 rebounds because the league-leading Spurs (fifty three-16) pulled away with an eleven-0 run early within the fourth quarter. San Antonio, riding its longest successful streak in seven years, is 2 video games ahead of Oklahoma Metropolis for the top playoff seed in the Western Conference.

The Spurs did it even while resting stars Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili. They are 3-0 in opposition to Golden State this season, together with two wins in Oakland without their regulars, after eliminating the Warriors in the second round of the playoffs last yr.

“Everybody stepped up,” Parker stated. “When somebody’s not playing, it’s just different guys who will do it. And we belief one another.”

Stephen Curry scored 20 factors to go with six assists and six rebounds, and Andrew Bogut grabbed 17 boards because the Warriors head into a 5-day break on a bitter observe.

The Warriors (forty four-27) had won three straight but missed an opportunity to move up within the playoff chase after Portland lost at Charlotte. Golden State is still in sixth place in the West, 1 games behind the Trail Blazers and 1 ahead of Dallas.

San Antonio has won 51 of the past 59 conferences in opposition to the Warriors.

“We made some mistakes. It’s a disappointing loss. It’ll make us better,” Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. “Hopefully we see them down the street again, however there is a purpose why they’re the very best staff in basketball.”

After wins at the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night and at Sacramento on Friday night time, Popovich rested two of his veterans as he so typically does all through the NBA’s marathon schedule. Duncan, Ginobili and Parker all sat out San Antonio’s 104-102 victory against the Warriors on Dec. 19.

Jackson has been trying to take an analogous method during the season’s stretch run, although the wins aren’t all the time following. Swingman Andre Iguodala was inactive for the third straight sport with tendinitis in his right knee, and backup middle Jermaine O’Neal returned after sitting out the earlier two video games.

Even with all the lineup adjustments, Jackson noticed the matchup towards the Spurs as a “benchmark” for the place his team stands. He joked earlier than the game that the Spurs are like a bunch of “outdated dudes” at a leisure center whipping a bunch of high school All-People due to their smarts and savvy.

And that’s simply what it looked like firstly.

The Spurs opened the sport on a 22-7 run and held the lead a lot of the means. After the Warriors moved within four within the fourth quarter, Green’s 3-pointer capped an 11-0 spurt that put San Antonio ahead 87-74.

The Warriors made one final push before the Spurs rapidly regrouped. Parker spun for a reverse layup and Green came again with one other 3 to stretch San Antonio’s lead again to ninety four-82 with 2:18 left, sending a lot of the announced sellout crowd of 19,596 headed to the exits.

“I couldn’t be more proud of them,” Popovich said. “Their effort with three games in 4 nights, this late in the season, and the again-to-again tonight, to finish off the three in 4 was real special as a result of everyone came off the bench and they gave the trouble they wanted to offer and I’m simply thrilled for them.”

The Spurs showed off all their best attributes via the game: smothering protection, precision passing and sharp taking pictures. The Warriors lastly discovered their touch late within the second quarter, once they scored 10 straight points and sliced San Antonio’s result in 50-47 at the half.

The teams traded scores for a lot of the third quarter, and the Warriors briefly took a one-level lead. The Spurs put collectively one other surge to go forward seventy six-69 entering the fourth quarter, and held on for their longest winning streak since rolling off thirteen in a row was from Feb. 13 to March 13, 2007.

“You don’t win 50-something odd games at this level and not have a good second unit,” said O’Neal, who had 9 points and seven rebounds. “They actually fly round.”

NOTES: Spurs reserve F Matt Bonner additionally sat out with a strained proper calf… San Antonio (15-1) and Golden State (thirteen-5) have probably the most wins within the NBA since the All-Star break… The Spurs and Warriors meet for the ultimate time this season April 2 in San Antonio.

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Parker returns for Spurs, helps take down Dallas

SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Spurs are whole for the first time in months and so they carried out in the same efficient model that helped them battle by the rash of injuries.

Tony Parker had 22 factors and seven assists in his return from a six-game absence, main San Antonio’s balanced attack in a 112-106 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday evening.

Parker performed with his traditional relentlessness, ending 10 for 15 from the field on a series of breakneck drives. He also had just one turnover in 32 minutes, and the Spurs had six players score in double figures.

”I thought Parker seemed nice once more coming off a nice little 10-day break they can afford to provide him,” Mavericks ahead Dirk Nowitzki said. ”And he just comes in and appears nice.”

Despite a series of accidents, San Antonio (43-sixteen) remains 1½ games behind Oklahoma City (45-15) for the top seed within the Western Conference.

Tim Duncan scored 17 factors, Kawhi Leonard added 16 and Boris Diaw had 13 factors and 10 rebounds for San Antonio. Manu Ginobili had 15 factors and 7 assists as the Spurs prolonged their profitable streak to three games.

Nowitzki scored 22 points, Vince Carter added 21 and Monta Ellis had 17 for the Mavericks, who’ve misplaced eight straight to the Spurs.

Parker appeared refreshed after not playing since Feb. 10 for what San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich formally listed as `’rest,” but unofficially was resulting from a sequence of lower body maladies.

”I feel it was a bit little bit of [a bodily and psychological rest],” Parker stated. ”Pop, I trust his judgment. I didn’t need to admit it to myself. But possibly I was tired mentally. It is a variety of basketball the last three years with no break; the [French] nationwide group and NBA. It undoubtedly helped, I felt fresh.”

The French point guard made his first shot, and on the following possession, drove into the guts of the paint to attract the protection and fired a go to Leonard for an open 3-pointer that gave San Antonio a 5-2 lead.

”I just try to penetrate and make stuff happen,” Parker mentioned. ”Obviously, I want to score; but I need to do both. I wish to create pictures for my teammates. Myself and Manu [Ginobili], we will create a whole lot of offense, we now have nice shooters all around us. I can’t remember the final time we had everybody.”

Parker punctuated his return with a left-handed layup from the correct aspect of the rim to avoid Dalembert’s attain with forty five seconds remaining.

”He’s been an MVP candidate, really each of the final three, four, five years,” Dallas coach Rick Carlisle stated. ”Look, he’s that good and he was clearly contemporary tonight. He hit shots that were the photographs that were there. You’ve got to give him credit for that and we would have liked to be slightly bit better on our coverages.”

The Spurs visibly frustrated Nowitzki, who continually yelled at officials. Popovich alternated Splitter, Diaw and Leonard defensively on Nowitzki, who shot 9 of 17.

”It was just to provide him a unique look,” Popovich stated of the rotations. ”He’s such an ideal player. No person stops him. At the very least giving him a special look makes me really feel higher like I’m trying, like I’m doing one thing.”

Nowitzki additionally committed two early fouls.

”The primary one was silly,” he mentioned. ”I noticed the ball, form of reach for it. By the point I reached for it, the ball was gone and I hit his arm. I missed my first two pictures. I believe I used to be somewhat anxious; I actually needed to play nicely. By the point I settled in within the second quarter, I used to be little too puffed up.”

Carter saved the Mavericks in the recreation nearly single-handedly in the first half, as Dallas trailed just 48-forty seven. Ginobili scored eight straight points, together with a pair of 3-pointers, because the Spurs opened a 78-67 lead with a minute remaining.

Ginobili, who was 2 for five on 3s, was energized by the team’s return to health.

”For Tim and Tony, it has been a while, greater than a month, in all probability without all three enjoying,” Ginobili stated. ”It feels good. As I mentioned the final two video games, it’s very important for us to be healthy, to start feeling assured, to start out enjoying with each other once more over the past stretch of the season.”

Notes

The Spurs have had 24 totally different lineups this season… San Antonio has received 12 of 14 regular-season video games against Dallas. The Mavericks haven’t crushed the Spurs since a 106-ninety nine victory on March 17, 2012, in Dallas… Popovich and Nowitzki engaged in somewhat contentious banter through the recreation. When Nowitzki was whistled for fouling Parker on a drive, he yelled at official Derek Richardson as he left for a substitution, ”Just because (Popovich’s) yelling doesn’t suggest there is a foul.”

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Spurs at Heat: Betting tips

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San Antonio Spurs at Miami Heat (-4, 204) What might have been an intriguing rematch of last season's NBA Finals has lost some luster as the San Antonio Spurs head to Miami missing several key players for their showdown with the Heat. The Spurs are down three starters — center Tiago Splitter (shoulder), forward Kawhi Leonard (finger) and guard Danny Green (finger) — but still managed a 105-79 win at Atlanta on Friday to open their three-game road trip. The Heat have won four straight regular-season meetings with San Antonio.

The Heat also have been short-handed recently with star guard Dwyane Wade missing the past four contests because of his ailing knees, but Wade is expected to play against the Spurs, allowing Ray Allen to move back to a reserve role. "It's a luxury to have the group that we have, to be able to rely on other guys when we have some of our big guys out, " Heat star LeBron James told the South Florida Sun Sentinel. "With D-Wade being out for a period of gime, to be able to have a Hall of Famer backing him up … it definitely helps us. " Miami has won four straight at home, where it boasts an 18-3 record and has won seven of its eight matchups with Western Conference opponents, while San Antonio is 6-0 on the road against Eastern Conference teams.

 

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ABOUT THE SPURS (33-10):San Antonio has reeled off a season-high six-game road winning streak since its last defeat away from home Dec. 16 against the Los Angeles Clippers. The streak survived a trip to Atlanta on Friday as reserves Boris Diaw (21 points) and Patty Mills (18) were the unlikely stars. "We've got big shoes to fill until everyone gets back, Mills told reporters. "Guys go down and we have to stick to the game plan. "

ABOUT THE HEAT (31-12):

Miami has won four of five following a season-high three-game losing streak and remains entrenched in the No. 2 spot in the Eastern Conference. With Wade sidelined, Chris Bosh has been the No. 2 option behind James (26. 2 points, 6. 9 rebounds, 6. 5 assists) and the big man poured in 31 points in Thursday's 109-102 win over the visiting Los Angeles Lakers. The Heat nonetheless will welcome Wade's return — they're 24-6 when he plays and 7-6 without him. TRENDS:

* Spurs are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 road games. * Heat are 2-5 ATS in their last seven vs. Western Conference. * Under is 6-2 in Spurs last eight overall.

* Over is 9-3 in Heat last 12 home games.

BUZZER BEATERS:

1. James has scored in double figures in 537 consecutive games, the fourth-longest streak in NBA history.

2. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is tied with Red Auerbach for 10th place all-time with 938 wins.

3. Miami is 25-1 when holding opponents under 100 points.

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.

Game notes

 

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.

 

Spurs’ Capoue price ‘crazy’

 

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Tottenham Hotspur are usually jeopardising Etienne Capoue’s move to Napoli due to their “crazy” demands, according to the midfielder’s real estate agent.

 

PA PhotosEtienne Capoue appears to be excess to requirements at white-colored Hart Lane.

Fitch: Spurs require signings

Capoue, 25, became a member of Spurs from Toulouse in the summer for a reported fee associated with around nine million lbs, but he has made just eight Premier League looks after suffering with injury and then finding himself out of prefer under new boss bernard Sherwood.

Napoli, who have already strengthened their own midfield this month with the putting your signature on of Jorginho from Hellas Verona, have been hoping to indication the France international yet Spurs are reported to be asking 12 million lbs for the player. His agent, Marta Fischer, told Radio Crc on Tuesday: “The problem's not the player, nor Napoli. Tottenham want a lot of money and what they are asking for is insane, but it's still just Jan. 21 so '

Forza Napoli

. ' I can't say too much, sorry. ”

Spurs’ Parker says sorry for ‘quenelle’ Salute

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SAN ANTONIO (AP) – San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker apologized Monday for a newly surfaced photograph that exhibits him making the same gesture with anti-Semitic connotations that French soccer star Nicolas Anelka displayed whereas celebrating a objective this weekend, creating an uproar in their home nation.

The photograph reveals Parker and a French comedian making a gesture recognized in France as a ”quenelle,” which critics describe as inverted Nazi salute. Parker mentioned in a statement released by means of the Spurs that the photograph was taken three years in the past.

Parker, who was born in Belgium however raised in France, mentioned he did not know at the time that ”it could possibly be in any means offensive or dangerous.” He stated he thought it was part of a comedy act and mentioned he apologized for any misunderstanding or harm.

”While this gesture has been part of French culture for a few years, it was not till just lately that I realized of the very destructive issues related to it,” Parker stated.

The photo surfaced on social media after Anelka made the same gesture celebrating a goal in an English Premier League sport Saturday, causing an outcry in France.

Anelka’s membership, West Bromich Albion, issued a press release Monday saying that Anelka has agreed to not carry out the identical gesture once more. The English Football Affiliation has also begun an investigation and could punish Anelka with a five-match ban.

Anelka has defended his actions, saying he was merely expressing his support for French comic Dieudonne M’bala M’bala, who performs the gesture on stage. Dieudonne claims the salute, which entails pointing one straightened arm downward whereas touching that arm’s shoulder with the alternative hand, is anti-establishment and not anti-Semitic.

The photograph of Parker additionally reveals him posing with Dieudonne.

Parker didn’t converse with reporters after apply Monday. He said in his assertion that he would by no means repeat the gesture once more.

”Hopefully this incident will serve to educate others that we should be more conscious that things that will appear innocuous can actually have a history of hate and hurt,” Parker stated.

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Harden’s 28 help Rockets knock off Spurs

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SAN ANTONIO – James Harden and the Houston Rockets are turning into an enormous drawback for the San Antonio Spurs.

Harden scored 28 points and Dwight Howard had 15 factors and 20 rebounds, leading the balanced Rockets to a 111-ninety eight victory over the Spurs on Wednesday.

Every of Houston's starters scored in double figures as the Rockets improved to 2-zero towards the Spurs this season, with both victories approaching the highway. In addition they moved inside three half video games of San Antonio (22-7) for the lead the Southwest Division.

"I believe we might be very good," Houston ahead Chandler Parsons said. "It's clearly a course of, and we're getting better every single day. However once we defend like that, rebound nicely and get out in transition, we're powerful to beat."

Harden scored 31 points in Houston's 112-106 victory towards San Antonio on Nov. 30. The Rockets have gained their last three in opposition to the Spurs dating to last season and are averaging 108.8 factors over the last six games in the series.

"We just didn't give excellent performances," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "You may dwell with that infrequently. Nobody's going to play good every evening. But you'll be able to't mix poor performances with a lack of physicality and a scarcity of self-discipline. They whipped us. They whipped us good. That's an embarrassing loss."

Parsons and Terrence Jones each scored 21 factors for the Rockets (19-11), who shot fifty two % from the field. Jeremy Lin had 13 points, eight assists, two blocked pictures and just one turnover.

The Spurs have dropped two of three and split their last six games. They're simply 3-6 over the last month against groups with a record above500.

Tremendous sub Manu Ginobili led San Antonio with 22 points, and Tim Duncan added 11 factors and 14 rebounds. Kawhi Leonard had thirteen points, however Tony Parker was held to 6 factors on three-for-eleven shooting.

"We did not play effectively," Parker said. "Transfer on to the next one, it's the NBA."

San Antonio by no means recovered after Houston raced to a 27-9 lead. The Spurs had been unable to cease Parsons' lengthy shots, Harden's drives, Howard within the paint or Jones on the boards for follow ups.

"Our guys really came out on fire," Rockets coach Kevin McHale mentioned. "They had been excited to play. Really moved the ball; attacked. Terrence had nice vitality. He was working and serving to the defense. We actually set the tone early and rode that the entire sport."

Houston led forty-25 after one. It was probably the most points allowed by the Spurs in the opening period this season, and tied for the most in any quarter. Oklahoma City scored 40 points in the second quarter of its thirteen-point victory Dec. 21 in San Antonio.

"The primary quarter was embarrassing," Ginobili said. "They picked us apart. We weren't as aggressive as they have been, not as sharp as they were and so they scored 40. So it's the second time that happened and that's manner too many."

Ginobili slammed the scorer's table with his right palm during a timeout with Houston leading 27-11.

After trailing by 18 points within the first half, San Antonio had a couple stable stretches within the second half however could not make the plays it needed to finish the rallies.

"We toughened up," Parsons said. "We understand that this can be a great staff playing on their floor, and now we have to get some big stops. Everybody collectively purchased into that, we obtained some enormous stops and we didn't stop running, either."

Leonard's three-point play on Howard's fourth foul pulled San Antonio to 71-sixty four with four:forty seven left in the third. The Spurs closed to seventy three-71 earlier than Harden and Lin began draining lengthy jumpers to help the Rockets draw back again.

Harden closed out the victory, scoring sixteen points within the ultimate quarter after missing the previous two games with an ankle damage. His second 3 of the game made it 100-90 with 5 minutes remaining.

"No, I just was getting the feel the primary three quarters of who's making photographs," Harden said when requested if he was ready on the fourth quarter. "I missed two video games. I wished to get a really feel for who was playing properly. Coming into the game, I wished to maintain them concerned and hold them going and attempt to get mine in the direction of the end."

Sport notes

Rockets G

Patrick Beverley

(proper hand) and C

Omer Asik

(thigh contusion) missed the game… Academy Award winner Tommy Lee Jones sat courtside, a row in front of

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's customary seats. The actor laughed and applauded when The Coyote, the Spurs' mascot, snuck beside him disguised as a Christmas tree… Terrence Jones pushed

Matt Bonner

after the Spurs' reserve ahead wrapped up Howard high after the Rockets star grabbed his third offensive rebound on one possession. Duncan stepped between, placing his hand in Jones' chest and pushing him away before officials broke up the gathering… Whereas the Rockets received smatterings of cheers all through the sport, Howard was lustily booed every time he attempted a free throw or entered the sport.

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Harden lifts high-powered Rockets past Spurs on road

SAN ANTONIO – James Harden scored 28 points and Dwight Howard had 15 points and 20 rebounds, leading the balanced Houston Rockets to a 111-98 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday.

Every of Houston’s starters scored in double figures as the Rockets improved to 2-0 in opposition to the Spurs this season, with both victories coming on the street. They also moved within three 1/2 video games of San Antonio (22-7) for the lead the Southwest Division.

Chandler Parsons and Terrence Jones each scored 21 points for the Rockets (19-11), who shot fifty two % from the sphere. Jeremy Lin had 13 factors, eight assists and just one turnover.

The Spurs have dropped two of three and break up their last six games. They’re just three-6 over the past month in opposition to groups with a record above500.

Super sub Manu Ginobili led San Antonio with 22 points, and Tim Duncan added 11 points and 14 rebounds. Kawhi Leonard had thirteen factors, however Tony Parker was held to 6 points on three-for-eleven shooting.

San Antonio never recovered after Houston raced out to a 27-9 lead. The Spurs had been unable to cease Parsons’ lengthy pictures, Harden’s drives, Howard within the paint or Jones on the boards for observe ups.

After trailing by 18 points within the first half, San Antonio made a couple of fees within the second half but could not get the defensive stops mandatory to complete the rallies.

Leonard’s three-level play on Howard’s fourth foul pulled San Antonio to 71-64 with 4:47 left in the third. The Spurs closed to seventy three-71 earlier than Harden and Lin began draining long jumpers to assist the Rockets pull away once more.

Harden closed out the victory, scoring sixteen points in the final quarter. His second three of the game made it one hundred-ninety with 5 minutes remaining.

Notes

Rockets G Patrick Beverley (right hand) and C Omer Asik (thigh contusion) missed the game.. Academy Award winner Tommy Lee Jones sat courtside, a row in front of David Robinson’s customary seats. The actor laughed and applauded when The Coyote, the Spurs’ mascot, snuck beside him disguised as a Christmas tree.. Terrence Jones pushed Matt Bonner after the Spurs’ reserve ahead wrapped up Howard high after the Rockets star grabbed his third offensive rebound on one possession. Duncan stepped between, placing his hand in Jones’ chest and pushing him away before officers broke up the gathering.. While the Rockets obtained smatterings of cheers all through the game, Howard was lustily booed every time he attempted a free throw or entered the game.

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Thunder tame Spurs, take home 9th in row

Thunder Put Away Spurs

 

"Well, I'm sure we'd like to have Kawhi, but that happens to every NBA team at some point in the season, " Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "You don't lose just because of that. We would have loved to have had him, but they played better than we did tonight for more of the game. "

Kevin Durant, whom Leonard would have defended, only had 17 points while going 6-for-14 from the field.

 

Instead, it was Westbrook and reserve guard Reggie Jackson who proved difficult to stop.

 

Jackson had 21 points, four assists and only one turnover in 30 minutes.

 

"This is the second game he's been playing good against us, " Parker said. "We have to find a solution for him. Westbrook and Durant, they are going to score and take a lot of shots, but we can't let Jackson score that much. That's two games in a row that I felt he's the one that hurt us the most. "

 

Westbrook and Jackson were a combined 21-for-36 and handed out 12 assists.

 

Playing their seventh game in 10 days, the Spurs looked lethargic after a strong start.

 

The Thunder never trailed after Jackson's reverse layup put them up 21-19 with a minute remaining in the first quarter. Jackson had 10 points in the quarter.

 

"Once we move the ball the way we did tonight, everybody touches it, we're a pretty good team, " Durant said. "Once (the ball) gets sticky and try to play one-on-one, that's when we kind of struggle. Russell is doing a great job of getting everybody involved and picking and choosing his spots; when to score. "

 

The Spurs had won six of seven entering Saturday's game, but couldn't recover from the second-quarter pasting.

 

"They made a lot of shots, you have to give them credit, " Parker said. "I thought overall we played well, but they just played better. "

 

The Spurs committed five turnovers while taking only 17 shots in the period, which was one less than the Thunder made.

 

San Antonio was 20-for-49 in the paint, continually missing layups.

 

"That was tough, " Parker said. "We couldn't get a lead. We were playing well, we made some stops, but we missed a lot of layups, that's basketball. "

 

The Spurs pulled within a pair of baskets on several occasions in the second half, but the Thunder responded with a small run each time.

 

Jackson was usually at the forefront of the runs, going 8-for-14.

 

"I just told the guys to keep inspiring each other on the defensive end, " Brooks said. "I told them to help their teammates out when they needed help and I felt they did that extremely well tonight. We have improved in that area for the past few years, but tonight was really good. "

Game notes

Parker (shin bruise) was questionable, but started and played 33 minutes. He had eight assists while shooting 6-for-14… Entering Saturday's game, the Thunder were averaging 109. 9 points during their eight-game winning streak and shooting 50. 2 percent… Popovich was whistled for a technical foul after complaining to official Monty McCutchen about a non-call on

Tiago Splitter

's dunk attempt against Ibaka.

 

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Spurs consider manager options

Frank De Boer: Next Spurs manager?

Frank De Boer: Subsequent Spurs manager?

 

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has arrived on the club’s coaching ground as he considers candidates to exchange Andre Villas-Boas as supervisor.

Tim Sherwood took cost of the staff for his or her Capital One Cup defeat to West Ham on Wednesday night after Villas-Boas was sacked within the wake of their 5-0 Premier League thrashing at house to Liverpool.

Ajax head coach Frank De Boer has emerged because the favourite with Sky Guess to take over as boss on a everlasting basis.

Technical co-ordinator Sherwood is also in the working, along with former Spurs manager Glenn Hoddle.

Another former England boss, Fabio Capello, has also been mooted for the position together with Swansea boss Michael Laudrup.

The Dane’s assistant supervisor at the Liberty Stadium, Morten Wieghorst, has performed down solutions Laudrup might be on his strategy to White Hart Lane.

Sherwood has refused to rule himself out of the operating however admitted the function would have to be proper for him and the club.

“I would like to speak to the chairman and see what they’re thinking but the fast future is up in the air. I don’t even know concerning the weekend,” he stated.

“It would have to be right for me and the membership. The chairman must make the proper decision and find a manager most appropriate.

“Hopefully I’m in the frame nevertheless it’s not my determination.

“It has been completely different, I’m not used to not sleeping. It’s been mad but I am up for a challenge.

“I believe I can handle males and be honest however the decision to go on is out of my arms.

“It would be good to get it resolved for the membership’s sake and the gamers.”

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Griffin, Clips outshine Spurs to win by 23

CP3, Griffin Fuel Clippers Past Spurs

LOS ANGELES : The Clippers told themselves these people couldn’t make any excuses. Did not matter how physically tired or even mentally drained they were from a seven-game trip.

That they had to find a way to win, just like San Antonio – a team Doctor Rivers calls “the gold standard” – typically does.

And the Clippers did, notching their largest margin of triumph ever against the Spurs.

Blake Griffin scored twenty-seven points, hitting 11 of fifteen free throws, in the 115-92 earn Monday night, 48 hours right after returning to Los Angeles.

“The best part about this game has been we knew what we had to do, inch Griffin said. “We executed our own game plan. Even when they made operates, nobody got down. That optimistic attitude is big. ”

Chris Paul additional 23 points, eight rebounds plus seven assists, and Jamal Crawford had 17 points in his 2nd straight start for the Clippers, who else repelled several threats in the 3rd quarter to maintain their lead.

“Another good earn for us coming off the road trip, inch said Paul, who won’t be home on it. “We got to get past this. ”

Bernard Duncan had 17 points plus 11 rebounds for the Spurs, in whose four-game winning streak ended. Parker and eva longoria limped off the court with a correct shin contusion with 5: 2009 left in the third. He completed with eight points and 6 assists in 26 minutes, plus didn’t speak with reporters afterward.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said Parker was in discomfort and having trouble walking on the lower-leg, so he had to be taken out of the online game.

“He has got the ball in his hands for a long time, particularly when it counts the most, ” Manu Ginobili said of Parker. “So we couldn’t adjust to it plus it was hard, especially against the team that is aggressive. ”

DeAndre Jordan additional 11 rebounds and Griffin got nine to help the Clippers manage the boards 43-36. Jared Dudley had 14 points, including 4 3-pointers.

La went 4-3 on its trip, closing it out Saturday having a 113-97 victory over the Washington Wizards. The Clippers didn’t practice Weekend before facing off against the Spurs, whose 19-5 record is third-best in the NBA.

“It tells you they’re in it psychologically, ” Rivers said of their team. “Very proud of them. I believe they wanted to win very poor. ”

San Antonio made one last set you back open the fourth, getting consecutive 3-pointers from Patty Mills and Danny Green that drew the Spurs to 86-82.

The Clippers dominated the rest of the method, stretching their lead to 106-86 throughout a 20-4 run that ended along with three 3-pointers in a row: a single by Willie Green and 2 by Dudley.

Crawford put one last dagger in the Spurs as he dribbled over the final seconds before casually taking a deep 3 for the last basket.

“We turned the ball over a lot of (22 times) and went through poor stretches. We just can’t put online games together like that and expect to earn, ” Duncan said. “But really early in the season, and we’ll learn (from) every one of these losses plus continue to grow as a team. Hopefully in late the year, we’re a better ballclub due to it. ”

The Clippers stretched their result in 59-51 early in the third prior to the Spurs cut it to 59-58 after scoring eight straight factors.

Crawford, Griffin and Paul took over the rest of the 3rd, combining to score the Clippers’ final 20 points and stretch their own lead to 78-70 going into the fourth. Crawford launched the 20-12 run simply by hitting back-to-back 3-pointers.

The Spurs got inside three points on a layup simply by Ginobili before Griffin scored 6 of the Clippers’ next eight factors to extend their lead.

“It’s my job to help keep feeding him, ” Paul mentioned of Griffin. “I love it whenever he demands the ball. We’ll keep playing through him every evening. ”

The particular Clippers trailed 28-21 after the starting quarter before unleashing a 19-0 run early in the second. Eco-friendly bookended the spurt with 3-pointers, and in between five different Clippers scored to give them a 40-31 lead. Griffin scored their last eight points to send them directly into halftime leading 55-49.

Game notes

Crawford started for the second directly game and just the second time in 102 games with the team… Clippers Farreneheit

Stephen Jackson

faced his old team the first time since the Spurs released him within April. He was signed with the Clippers lasttogether six points… Popovich and some from the players, including Parker, didn’t appear until about an hour before game period. “The sunset was great more than Santa Monica, so we stayed just a little longer, ” Popovich cracked.

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NBA Prediction Week 7 Game Preview/Pick- Clippers vs. Spurs

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San Antonio Spurs (19-4) @ Los Angeles Clippers (16-9) 12/16- 10:30PM EST

 

Line: SAS -1.5

Over/Under: 201

 

The Los Angeles are finally home Monday night after a long seven-game road trip and waiting for them will be one of the best teams in the Western Conference, the San Antonio Spurs.

 

The Clippers (16-9) survived their road trip going 4-3 and now will be met with another challenge at home with their longtime nemesis.

 

It’s a test, a good test,” forward Blake Griffin said. “To be away for a long period of time and come home and play a top-notch team, a team that always executes and plays the right way, so that’s why I think it will be a good test for us.”

 

This will be the first meeting for the two teams with the Spurs go in having won four straight and the Clips having won three of their last five, but beating the Spurs is something the Clippers have struggled mightily with losing 34 of 39, with Chris Paul having lost eight of eleven, including a four-game sweep to the Spurs in the 2012 playoffs.

 

After a slow start in his first 13 games, Tim Duncan has been on his game since November 29 averaging 17.9 points on 56.9 percent shooting with 10.3 boards.

 

It’s not really that hard to do much better,” Duncan said of his early season struggles. “I’m still not shooting the ball well, but I’m trying to play hard and find ways to contribute.”

 

Duncan went for 22 and 12 in a 100-84 win over Utah on Saturday and has refused to sit out a game and rest with the road trip coming up.

 

We were never worried about Timmy. I’ve been saying (it) since the beginning of the season,” point guard Tony Parker said. “He’s the last guy we ever need to worry about. But now he’s getting aggressive and getting his shot back.”

 

Both teams can put point on the boards, but if the Clippers want to have a better chance to get a victory, they will need a better performance from Blake Griffin, who has been struggling with an average of just 16.0 points on 41.0 percent shooting over his last six games.

 

The Clippers go in scoring 103.7 points per game and the Spurs put up 103.3 points per contest, but the oddsmakers have made the Spurs a slight favorite of (minus -1.5) point on road with their long success on the Clippers. Get the latest spread on the game up until tip off right here at Wonder Punter.

 

San Antonio has owned the Clippers in recent years, but I predict the Clips putting together a complete game and sending the Spurs out of Staples Center with a loss.

 

Prediction/Pick- Los Angeles Clippers

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

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Transfer latest: Reported Arsenal and Spurs target Alvaro Morata to fight for Real Madrid future

Alvaro Morata: Feels trusted by Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti

Alvaro Morata: Feels trusted by Genuine Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti

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Alvaro Morata offers reiterated his wish to remain at Genuine Madrid and fight for a regular first-team place.

Striker Morata has been greatly linked with a January mortgage proceed to Arsenal and Tottenham but remains self-confident he has a part to enjoy in Real's Primera Division name push under trainer Carlo Ancelotti.

He stated: "I really feel that the boss actually trusts me, so does (Ancelotti's associate Zinedine) Zidane, all the coaching staff and the club.

"I am 21 years old, I am happy at Actual Madrid and I desire to be right here for a long time.

"A player generally wants to perform and the supervisor has proven that he trusts in me. He has performed me in a great deal of difficult fits and I am quite happy. I possess to repay his believe in in me."

After a fairly slow start which noticed them drop behind Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, Real have been impressive in recent weeks, notching five successive wins in which they have scored 23 goals to move three factors behind their title rivals.

"The group is phenomenal. I hope we can have on like this for a long time," mentioned Morata.

"If we carry on like this we will become one of the most dangerous teams in Europe. Anybody who plays against Madrid already knows this."

Real take a break from league activity this weekend with a Copa del Rey clash at third-tier Olimpic Xativa.

Morata may obtain the nod forward of Karim Benzema and can be wishing Los Merengues can go one much better than last season's last defeat to Atletico.

"We are very enthusiastic. We understand that it will be a very big match for both clubs," he stated on the club's established website.

"They will be extremely excited to be playing against Madrid and we, knowing what the atmosphere will become like there, are extremely eager to play and to take pleasure in the environment.

"You have to approach the match without disrespecting anyone and understanding that any go with is important. It is a trophy and we wish to win everything."

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Spurs pull away from Celtics, push win streak to eight

SAN ANTONIO – Although the San Antonio Spurs seem slightly methodical and downright boring to some, they are having fun with themselves this season and that’s ruining the fun for others.

Tony Parker scored 19 factors before sitting out the fourth quarter and the Spurs beat the Boston Celtics 104-ninety three Wednesday evening, profitable their eighth straight total and remaining undefeated at residence.

San Antonio had 27 assists and six players rating in double figures, rallying from a torpid begin to lead by as many as 19 factors within the second half.

“Those moments when we begin to play better `D,’ push the ball and be more aggressive, then it’s enjoyable to watch, it is exciting and that is what we’d like,” San Antonio guard Manu Ginobili stated. “We’re not exciting in a way that we will have alley-oops and windmills [dunking] and stuff like that, but we pass the ball very well. We penetrate and pitch, and all people gets involved and that is enjoyable.”

Kawhi Leonard had 16 factors and Tim Duncan rebounded from a poor outing in San Antonio’s previous home game to attain thirteen points. Boris Diaw had 12 factors, Tiago Splitter added 11 factors and 10 rebounds and Danny Green 11 points for the Spurs (10-1).

San Antonio shot forty eight p.c from the field and was eight for 21 on three-pointers as Boston struggled to close on the Spurs’ shooters.

“Phew,” Celtics ahead Jared Sullinger stated, exhaling when asked in regards to the Spurs’ ball motion. “They seem to be a powerful workforce to play. On any given night, anyone can go off. Honestly, they transfer the ball. They care less about scoring; they play together as a team.

“They’ve go-to players however they rarely use them because they transfer the ball so well and they play as a staff, so that they’re arduous to guard.

Sullinger, Avery Bradley and Jeff Green each had 19 factors for Boston (4-9), which has lost five straight.

There were 10 lead changes and 14 ties in the first half, as neither workforce was in a position to sustain any momentum.

While the Spurs weren’t proud of the early efforts, first-12 months coach Brad Stevens was pleased with the Celtics forging a 48-all tie at the half.

“The team that played tonight could be a very fun group to construct with,” Stevens mentioned. “I think that is what you take from right here. We talked about this early within the 12 months. There’s going to be nights the place we measure progress a bit bit otherwise.”

That progress was stunted within the second half, as San Antonio was capable of draw back midway via the third quarter behind robust particular person efforts by Leonard, Parker and Ginobili.

Leonard keyed the resurgence, scoring 10 of 12 points, together with a 3-pointer that put San Antonio ahead 61-52 with eight minutes left within the quarter.

“He can do this kind of factor,” Diaw said. “He’s really proficient and he proved that already final 12 months. This year is no completely different. Generally, when he gets it going, it’ll be very laborious to cease [him].”

Leonard had 12 factors, 5 rebounds and two steals in the third quarter, as San Antonio outscored Boston 32-22.

“I’m still having fun; that’s why I’m still taking part in,” Leonard stated. “We’re successful, you can’t have extra enjoyable than that, when you’re winning and on a superb team.”

Parker made two dazzling layups, first presenting the ball along with his right hand to attract a defender out of the lane and spinning again for a layup between defenders and then spinning away from a defender in the lane for a layup on the fitting facet of the basket.

Ginobili actually wrapped a cross round a defender, tossing behind around a charging Brandon Bass to seek out Diaw reducing to the basket for a layup. Ginobili finished with 5 factors and six assists.

After scoring only two points within the Spurs’ previous residence game against Washington, Duncan made the sport’s first two baskets because the group focused him early. He finished three for 13, however was 7 for 8 on free throws while additionally grabbing nine rebounds.

Notes

San Antonio is tied with Indiana for the league’s best file, however its victories have come against groups with a combined winning percentage of408 getting into Wednesday’s video games. Only two the Spurs’ wins have come towards groups above500. Their solely loss was against Portland, which is 10-2 after defeating Milwaukee… Boston’s Keith Bogans was not with the staff because of an undisclosed illness… San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich was issued a technical foul with four minutes left within the recreation after haranguing referee David Guthrie continually for an absence of calls. Popovich smiled, appearing amused by the technical… The Huge Three of Duncan, Parker and Ginobili have performed 629 games together, which is the most amongst lively teammates and fifth all-time. The trio surpassed Derek Harper, Brad Davis and Rolando Blackman of the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday and path the main trio of Robert Parrish, Kevin McHale and Larry Chook by one hundred video games performed collectively.

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Durant, Thunder end Spurs win streak at 11

Durant Leads Thunder Previous Spurs

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OKLAHOMA METROPOLIS – The pictures weren't falling early for Kevin Durant and never fell for Russell Westbrook, so it was Reggie Jackson and Jeremy Lamb who carried the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder to their most impressive win of the season.

Durant completed with 24 factors and thirteen rebounds, Jackson matched his profession excessive with 23 factors on 10-of-14 capturing and Lamb scored 12 factors on 5-of-7 capturing, lifting the Thunder to a ninety four-88 win over San Antonio and snapping the Spurs' eleven-sport profitable streak.

Jackson scored eight straight points for the Thunder throughout a surge early in the fourth quarter that put Oklahoma City ahead by 11 points. The Spurs rallied inside three points earlier than Jackson and Durant mixed to score the Thunder's final thirteen factors and put the game away.

"We couldn't guard (Jackson) tonight," San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich mentioned. "He really helped them. He was basically the difference in the game. He did an important job."

Serge Ibaka added 17 points and eleven rebounds for Oklahoma Metropolis, which is 7-0 at dwelling, the franchise's best dwelling begin since 2004-05, when it was in Seattle. The Thunder have won five straight, their longest streak of the season.

The Thunder took management of a good recreation with an 8-0 run in the third quarter and withstood a run by San Antonio halfway through the fourth.

"I just attacked gaps and pictures went down for all of us," Jackson stated. "We just saved making an attempt to get within the lane and make the passes for the subsequent man and just hold attacking the bigs off decide-and-rolls… I believe we as a staff, we did it fairly efficiently tonight, but it began defensively."

Tony Parker had sixteen factors and seven assists for San Antonio (13-2), which was looking for the most effective begin in franchise historical past. The Spurs also began thirteen-1 throughout the 2010-eleven season. Portland, which entered Wednesday on an eleven-sport winning streak, is the only different workforce to have beaten San Antonio this season.

During their earlier eight games, the Spurs had overwhelmed opponents by an average of 19.1 points, with all these wins by nine or extra factors. But fellow Western Convention power Oklahoma City (10-3) represented a step up in competition, and the Spurs misplaced for the third straight time at Chesapeake Vitality Area.

San Antonio shot 39.1 p.c from the sector and went 7 of 27 (25.9 p.c) from three-level range. The latter number notably irked Popovich, who said his workforce didn't assault the basket as much as he'd like.

"I thought a reasonably good percentage of ours tonight have been hurried or frenetic at times," Popovich stated. "I did not like our choice."

Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks agreed with Popovich that almost all of the Spurs' three-level attempts benefited the Thunder.

"I assumed our protection was excellent," Brooks mentioned. "I feel in the final three or four video games we've put a string of defensive efforts and defensive performances together we are able to continue to construct on.

"Going into this game they'd won 11 in a row and were the most popular workforce in basketball and with the way they rating they're a hard staff to guard. I assumed our guys did a good job with our size making them miss pictures and I assumed defense was the key tonight."

Durant and Westbrook combined to shoot 6 of 24 in the first half – 1 of 9 from 3-point range – and the Spurs led 46-43 at halftime. Meanwhile, Kawhi Leonard went 6 of 12 from the sphere and had thirteen first-half points for San Antonio.

With common stalwarts Durant and Westbrook struggling, Ibaka picked up the slack early within the third quarter, scoring 10 straight points for Oklahoma Metropolis popping out of halftime. That seemed to get up the Thunder they usually went on an 8-zero run to take their largest result in that point at 59-fifty two on a dunk by Durant at the 5:08 mark.

Lamb hit a 3-pointer and a 2-pointer within the ultimate 1:35 of the third quarter to increase the result in sixty eight-fifty nine and Jackson's driving layup gave the Thunder a seventy eight-sixty seven lead with eight:forty seven left. It was the primary double-digit benefit for both group.

That was Oklahoma Metropolis's final field goal for more than four½ minutes, allowing the Spurs to achieve ground. Marco Belinelli's basket with 6:forty six left pulled San Antonio inside seventy nine-76 but then the Spurs went cold as properly, missing their subsequent 4 pictures.

Ibaka's putback with 4:12 left ended the Thunder's drought and Jackson followed with an 11-foot jumper to make it 83-seventy seven. Durant, who finished 10 of 23 from the sector, then grabbed the rebound after a miss by Leonard and drove the length of the court for a basket while being fouled. He made the free throw to put Oklahoma City forward 86-77 with 2:56 left.

Jackson "was aggressive all evening attending to the rim," Durant said. "That's what he does. No person can keep in entrance of him… He gave us a pleasant spark and people guys, him and Jeremy, Fish (Derek Fisher), these guys are actually the reason we received the basketball sport."

Game notes

Earlier than the sport, Popovich and Oklahoma City general supervisor Sam Presti chatted briefly outdoors the Spurs' locker room. Presti was an assistant GM with the Spurs earlier than taking the identical job with the Thunder franchise in 2007… Referee Monty McCutchen called Oklahoma City's Fisher for three fouls on one San Antonio second-quarter possession. After an unlawful display name on the Spurs to end the possession, Fisher told McCutchen, "That is horrible." McCutchen responded, "Don't discuss to me."

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Spurs pop Pelicans for 11th consecutive win

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SAN ANTONIO – A giant effort from the bench despatched San Antonio to its eleventh straight victory.

Manu Ginobili had 16 factors to guide seven gamers in double figures, and the Spurs beat the New Orleans Pelicans 112-93 on Monday evening to stay undefeated at house.

“The second workforce did a very good job coming in and taking part in smart, aggressive basketball,” coach Gregg Popovich mentioned. “They didn’t take something without any consideration.”

San Antonio, which led by as many as 32 points, never trailed after Al-Farouq Aminu’s layup put New Orleans up 4-2 with 10:fifty four left within the first quarter.

The Spurs had 30 assists on their forty four subject objectives, continually making no less than two passes on each possession compared to isolation plays and one-move-and-shoot makes an attempt by the Pelicans. New Orleans had 15 turnovers and completed with 21 assists, which was virtually matched by San Antonio’s reserves (16).

“We have simply got to play more durable,” Pelicans massive man Anthony Davis said. “They just got here out and put it on us. It is tough. We did not play with (any) effort. No energy. We did not care. We performed like we didn’t care, and it kind of confirmed.”

Tony Parker had 14 points and seven assists, Tiago Splitter added eleven and Tim Duncan 10 for San Antonio (thirteen-1). Reserves Marco Belinelli had 14 factors, Boris Diaw scored thirteen and Patty Mills 12.

Ryan Anderson had 17 factors, Tyreke Evans and Jrue Holiday each added 12 factors and Davis had 10 for New Orleans (6-7). The Pelicans, who have lost six straight in San Antonio, had a 3-game profitable streak snapped.

San Antonio matched its best begin after 14 games and was once more capable of give its starters important rest after rolling previous Cleveland 126-ninety six on Saturday.

“We did not do a superb job of (guarding and sharing the ball),” New Orleans coach Monty Williams said. “I thought their offense was as crisp as any offense we have ever seen. There were times once we were a bit discombobulated on the offensive finish.”

The Spurs have seven double-digit victories throughout their streak, profitable their last 4 by an average of 19 points.

“We have got a deep team,” Ginobili stated. “We’re shifting the ball really well. We’re making shots. The last five games, we made a ton of shots and we’re taking part in targeted. We have got 10 gamers that play every recreation. We’re all concentrating, and we’re hustling; we’re getting arms on lose balls. And then offensively, we’re simply moving the ball, attacking quick and discovering open teammates.”

Ginobili had another immediate impression, making consecutive 3-pointers after which drawing a cost on Eric Gordon in his first 2 minutes as the Spurs took a 21-10 lead with four minutes left within the first quarter.

Ginobili had eleven factors in his first eleven minutes, going 3 for four on 3-pointers, and completed with six assists and five rebounds.

The Spurs’ starters performed a median of 20 minutes on Monday, with Splitter playing 14 after spraining his proper ankle in the first half.

The Pelicans shot 38 p.c from the sphere, going 37 for 97 while allowing the Spurs to shoot fifty four percent.

San Antonio confounded New Orleans’ frontcourt with a defense led by Duncan and wings that stored collapsing on Davis and Jason Smith, who finished with eight factors on 4-for-9 shooting.

“(The protection) was actual energetic,” Duncan stated. “Everybody was real energetic tonight. With good fingers, we made it crowded for everybody. We acquired loads of arms on balls. Danny (Inexperienced) did an amazing job in there. We had numerous guys in there get some steals and switch them into offense. Just all in all, good workforce protection.”

Kawhi Leonard stole a cross and had a breakaway dunk to provide San Antonio a 61-40 lead with 9:45 left in the third quarter.

Evans shook his head and looked down virtually in give up after Mills drained a 3 that put San Antonio forward eighty one-56 with 3 minutes left in the third.

“We didn’t need to play,” Davis mentioned. “We (weren’t) focused, we weren’t locked in. They’d 30 assists, open shots, lots of layups. We just (weren’t) playing protection. We tried to stay in it, but we just (weren’t) mentally on the market tonight.”

Recreation notes

Splitter went to the locker room with 5 minutes left in the first half after stepping on Davis’ foot while attempting to guard a pass. Splitter dropped to the floor after his ankle turned awkwardly, allowing Davis an uncontested layup. He returned for the second half, however did not play. Splitter appeared to be walking normally upon his return, however San Antonio led fifty seven-40 getting into the second half… Williams complained that Parker was touring “every time” he pump-faked, which drew a sarcastic query of “every time?” from official Ron Garretson… Parker spread his arms after which fell to the floor in disbelief after official Olandis Poole referred to as a foul towards him on a block of Aminu’s layup on a fast break. Replays confirmed it was a clear block, which made Parker and Popovich even angrier… Pelicans F

Darius Miller

(left foot) and C

Greg Stiemsma

(left knee sprain) didn’t play.

 

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Spurs in form as Green paces rout of Knicks

NEW YORK – Even along with his team main the Western Conference, Gregg Popovich said Sunday morning his San Antonio Spurs had been playing C+ or B- basketball, adding there was “not much” he liked about their begin.

The Spurs, he mentioned, were profitable due to “luck,” “corporate knowledge,” and since “they’re older than grime.”

Apparently Pop is as robust on his pupils as he is on these sideline reporters, though a a hundred and twenty-89 rout of the New York Knicks bumped up their grades.

“I thought tonight we played a good, strong B+, A- game,” Popovich stated. “There have been some good issues out there.”

Simply not from the crew in orange. Coach Mike Woodson stated the Knicks played with no pride, even with one of the NBA’s marquee franchises making its lone go to to Madison Sq. Garden.

Danny Green had 24 factors and a profession-excessive 10 rebounds within the Spurs’ fourth straight victory. Kawhi Leonard scored 18 factors and Tony Parker had 17 in a recreation that was shut for about 3 minutes. San Antonio scored the primary 10 factors, led by as many as 37, and was in full control in between.

“It was embarrassing for us to come right here on our residence court and lose a recreation like this,” Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony mentioned. “It wasn’t about dropping the game, it was just how we lost the game. We did not compete right this moment and it confirmed on the market on the courtroom.”

Tim Duncan took simply four shots but completed with 11 factors and 10 rebounds as San Antonio (6-1) shot 54 p.c.

The Spurs spoiled the season debut of Knicks guard J.R. Smith, last season’s Sixth Man of the Yr. Suspended the first five video games of the season for violating the NBA’s anti-drug program, Smith shot 1 of 9 and scored 5 points in 20 minutes.

Anthony and Andrea Bargnani both scored sixteen for the Knicks, who have been outrebounded fifty one-33 and fell to 2-4 after a 6-zero begin final season.

“I’m not frightened but we do should determine it out,” Anthony stated. “Whatever it is we now have to figure out shortly, but so far as being concerned, I’m not nervous about that. But we need to figure it out.”

The Spurs scored just 76 points a victory over Golden State on Friday, but had every little thing working offensively proper from the opening tip Sunday.

Inexperienced hit two three-pointers within the 10-0 start, Marco Belinelli’s three made it 17-4, and the Spurs hit thirteen of 18 shots whereas opening a 35-17 lead after one quarter, matching their highest-scoring period of the season.

The lead grew to 24 factors in the second, the Spurs repeatedly moving the ball to an open participant before the Knicks knew what was happening. San Antonio was making roughly two of each three pictures for much of the first half and took a sixty one-forty five lead into the locker room after taking pictures 62 percent.

“We simply played our recreation and we made shots,” Parker stated. “If you make photographs it helps, and the ball motion was nice.”

Smith, who ended the postseason in a miserable capturing hunch, opened this season the identical manner. He missed all 5 shots within the first half, unable to shake the rust after appearing in only one preseason recreation following summer time knee surgical procedure.

“I didn’t feel rusty in any respect. I just missed loads of pictures, didn’t get to the basket like I needed to and general I didn’t have an excellent recreation,” Smith said.

By the time he made a three-pointer with eight:forty three left in the third quarter for his first basket, the Knicks trailed by 26 points. The Spurs went up by 30 a couple of minutes in a while one other three by Green, and fans loudly booed when Amar’e Stoudemire missed both free throws with a little less than three minutes left in the interval.

The Knicks received each meetings last season, sweeping the Spurs for the first time in 10 years. But with middle Tyson Chandler sidelined with a broken leg, New York looked defenseless against the Western Conference champions.

It was such a laugher that Popovich had Duncan, a profession sixty nine p.c free throw shooter, take the shot when Woodson was known as for a technical foul within the third quarter. Naturally, the way this one went, Duncan made it.

 

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Popovich will face one in every of his former assistants Monday when the Spurs go to the Philadelphia 76ers, coached by Brett Brown… Metta World Peace scored 13 factors for the Knicks.

 

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San Antonio Spurs big man Jeff Pendergraph is now Jeff Ayres, taking his father’s name

The heart previously generally known as Jeff Pendergraph readies a free throw (Nathaniel S. Butler/ Getty).

The phrase “making a reputation for himself” became a cliche long ago, nevertheless it’s however straightforward to miss just how a lot an NBA athlete depends on his name for recognition and profession-constructing. Although elevated media coverage means that many fans might even see a player in highlights before they study who he’s, a name nonetheless carries numerous associations. When somebody says “Michael Jordan,” it brings to mind a number of moments, accolades, and opinions. This point isn’t significantly novel, after all — we all know what names are — nevertheless it helps talk the presumed permanence of a name. We keep in mind it as shorthand for everything contained within a single particular person. People don’t switch them up until they have very good causes.

For an individual with a selected set of life circumstances, a name is not only a public thing, however a mark of exactly how that person views his family’s current and future. For his total public life, journeyman heart Jeff Pendergraph, who signed a two-12 months contract with the San Antonio Spurs, has used the surname of a person who hasn’t been a significant a part of his life since he was a teen. When his daughter was born this summer time, the one-time Pendergraph decided it was time for a new title. From Jeff McDonald for the San Antonio Express-Information:

Last month, Pendergraph walked into a courthouse in downtown Phoenix, his wife Raneem and newborn daughter Naomi in tow. He walked out with a new title — Jeff Ayres.

Ayres is family identify of his organic father, James. It replaces the surname of a stepfather who hasn’t been within the image because the player previously identified Jeff Pendergraph was in high school. […]

“I did not know who my dad was until I was a senior in high school,” Jeff Ayres stated Wednesday, throughout a break from pickup video games as the Spurs’ apply fitness center. He was born Jeff Orcutt, using his mother LaDona’s maiden identify, and became Pendergraph in elementary school when she married. […]

“In highschool and recruiting, that’s how all people knew me, as Pendergraph,” Ayres mentioned. “I did not want to change it, as a result of then individuals wouldn’t know who I was. It caught.” […]

Ayres noticed no need for Naomi to carry a name he felt no connection to himself. He didn’t need her to develop up with questions about the Pendergraphs. Not wanting to modify back to Orcutt, the quickly-to-be-former Jeff Pendergraph and his spouse contemplated ranging from scratch with a completely new moniker. They joked about legally dubbing themselves “Mr. and Mrs. Superior.”

McDonald adds that the 2 Ayres males are still engaged on building a extra substantive relationship, however this determination still stands as the act of a brand new father trying to reconcile his past with his complete household’s future. It’s a touching story partly as a result of it isn’t but finished — the title change is not the conclusion, however something closer to a development of what’s going to doubtless be a lifelong process for Ayres, his spouse, and his daughter.

As famous by Ben Golliver at The Level Ahead, the swap will be most apparent for fans when they learn the lettering on the again of Ayres’s jersey, which is able to go from an 11-letter, closely arched curiosity to a shorter, more manageable five characters. There’s additionally the matter of getting used to calling him Jeff Ayres, naturally, however that doesn’t appear so daunting. I feel he can vault ahead of this Louisville therapy heart and this political science professor in web search results.

BDL will do its half to help fans during this transition. We want the Ayres household the best, as effectively.

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Arsene Wenger gently gloats about beating Spurs without spending any money

(Reuters)

So I’m just a low-cost previous man, huh? Just drooling in the corner like a dental patient pumped stuffed with an excessive amount of novocaine and hoarding money as if it have been Beanie Infants, proper? A stubborn relic who’s out of his depth and not has what it takes to win? “Spend, spend, spend!” they said. Waving indicators at me. Folks crying within the streets and screaming on tv and making YouTube movies simply to mock me and my puffy coat. Well what now?! ARSENE. WENGER. That is what now. That is what now! I’d instruct my critics to go tell their mothers that they only obtained owned, but all those girls are busy at my house. Learning accountable monetary planning. WA-BAM.

To allow you to process what simply happened right here in a spot known as actual life, let me break it down. Spurs went out and sold their golden goose. Which is ok. I do know that sport. I invented that game. There isn’t any disgrace in it. But whereas it was happening, they completely misplaced their minds and spent extra money than there really exists in nature. They put together a Costco sized variety pack of international players and everybody couldn’t shut up about what a genius their wannabe Lex Luthor chairman is. In the meantime, I threw up and waited with the persistence of a large French ninja.

Now quick ahead to Sunday. I simply introduced again Matheiu Flamini as my second free switch of the summer as a result of I didn’t want him eating soup in a tree house for the remainder of his life. Everyone is convinced that Spurs are higher than the polio vaccine and that I’m a damaged automobile phone. It’s the youngest manager in the league against the oldest. The shrewd dealmakers towards the screwed dealfakers.

So naturally Spurs won four-zero and I instantly bought sacked and needed to begin a new life as a propane salesman in Mongolia, proper? INCORRECT, dumbbell. Olivier Giroud. Twenty-third minute. My genius signing from last summer time who solely scores league targets in London scores a league aim in London. 1-zero ultimate rating. WA-BAM.

Suddenly everyone else is the fool and the universe is giving me a golden bathe as a reward for maintaining it actual. Nevermind the fact that Tottenham’s gamers barely know one another’s names yet, not to mention the best way to play collectively. Or that I might have slipped PCP into Andre Villas-Boas’ pre-match espresso. I gained while Arsenal fans held up banners that said “In Arsene we trust” and sang “What a waste of cash” at our rivals. Throw in a mythical creature that is half Luis Suarez and half panda bear and an precise fourth place trophy and that is my exact fantasy come true. Plus I have enough cash stashed away to smother the sun! No matter what happens in the final 35 matches of the season, I have now been confirmed right ceaselessly. Suck my puffy coat, chumps!

Seriously, never doubt me once more.