Visiting Spurs hold off Blazers
Patty Mills came off the bench to score 29 points, Marco Belinelli hit a go-ahead three-pointer with 1:34 remaining and the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 111-109 Wednesday night in a battle of short-handed teams.
The Associated Press
PORTLAND — Patty Mills came off the bench to score 29 points, Marco Belinelli hit a go-ahead three-pointer with 1:34 remaining and the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 111-109 Wednesday night in a battle of short-handed teams.
Mills scored 24 points during the second half to lead the Spurs, who rested starters Tim Duncan and Tony Parker.
Belinelli had 20 points and Manu Ginobili 16 for San Antonio, which sat Kawhi Leonard with an injured right hand.
Damian Lillard scored 31 points, Mo Williams added 19 and Wesley Matthews had 18 for Portland as both teams had six players score in double figures.
Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge, the team’s leading scorer and rebounder, missed the game with a groin injury and is expected to be out at least a week.
Trailing 81-79 after three quarters, San Antonio took command when Danny Green hit back-to-back three-pointers to fuel a 10-0 run at the fourth quarter’s outset. The Spurs led by as many as 10 points, but the Blazers eventually pulled even at 101-101 on Matthews’ steal and dunk with 1:52 left.
On San Antonio’s next possession, Belinelli hit a three-pointer from the top of the key with 1:34 left to put the Spurs back on top.
MINNEAPOLIS — Kevin Love had 42 points and 16 rebounds, Ricky Rubio added a career-high 17 assists, and the Minnesota Timberwolves beat Paul George and the Indiana Pacers 104-91.
J.J. Barea scored 12 points off the bench as the Wolves took control early against the Eastern Conference leaders.
George led Indiana with 35 points, but managed just two in the fourth quarter as the Pacers lost for the third time in five games, never once taking a lead.
It was Love’s eighth straight game with at least 25 points and 10 rebounds, the longest streak since Shaquille O’Neal accomplished the same feat Jan. 3-19, 2005. Love has an NBA-best 14 games with 30 points and 10 rebounds this season.
• David Lee had 23 points and 11 rebounds, former Cougar Klay Thompson scored 18 points and the Golden State Warriors held off the host Sacramento Kings 101-92 in a game both teams played short-handed. Former Husky Isaiah Thomas had 26 points and seven assists for the Kings.
• Dwight Howard thoroughly enjoyed his first road game against the team he left as a free agent after one tumultuous and contentious season, getting 20 points and 13 rebounds in the Houston Rockets’ 134-108 rout of the Los Angeles Lakers that extended their winning streak to eight.
• Markieff Morris scored 18 points to lead six Phoenix players in double figures and the host Suns beat the Boston Celtics 100-94.
• Carmelo Anthony capped a 42-point performance with three clutch baskets in the last two minutes, and the New York Knicks snapped a three-game skid with a 98-91 victory over the host New Orleans Pelicans.
• The Brooklyn Nets acquired guard Marcus Thornton from the Sacramento Kings for Jason Terry and Reggie Evans, removing two little-used veterans from their aging roster and hoping a younger one can rediscover his scoring touch.
Terry is a product of Franklin High School in Seattle and Evans is a former Sonic.
• The Golden State Warriors acquired Steve Blake from the Los Angeles Lakers for reserve guards Kent Bazemore and MarShon Brooks, adding a veteran ballhandler to their beleaguered bench.
• Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook made it through a full practice for the first time since his most recent surgery, just in time for Thursday’s rematch with the Miami Heat.