Pair of streaks continue in the NBA
Spurs win their 14th in a row while 76ers suffer their 25th consecutive setback
Seattle Times news services
SAN ANTONIO — The San Antonio Spurs knew the Philadelphia 76ers were 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 as the Spurs earned their 14th consecutive victory with a 113-91 triumph Monday night that sent the 76ers to their 25th consecutive defeat.
Philadelphia will face Houston on Thursday with the dubious distinction of being a loss shy of tying the NBA record for consecutive defeats set by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2010-11. Before the game, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said he felt terrible for former assistant Brett Brown, now the 76ers’ coach. But he added that he did not feel sorry for “one of my best friends,” because pity would upset his former protégé.
“Obviously, it’s a rough season for them,” Duncan said. “It’s a rebuilding season for them. (Brown) knows that, they know that. They have a lot of young guys. He’s just trying to get the system in place that has them playing the way he wants them playing. It’s a process. He knows that.”
Kawhi Leonard and Patty Mills scored 15 points each and Cory Joseph added 12 for San Antonio, which maintained the league’s best record at 54-16. The Spurs did not play starters Tony Parker, Tiago Splitter and Danny Green, but did not need them against the 76ers.
Thaddeus Young and Michael Carter-Williams each scored 19 points for Philadelphia (15-56).
• NBA commissioner Adam Silver said he believes players should spend at least two years in college — instead of just the currently required one. An agreement between the league and the players’ association, though, is not imminent.
• LeBron James scored 32 points, including a layup with 11.4 seconds left, and Chris Bosh capped his 30th birthday by blocking a layup attempt by Damian Lillard in the final moments as the Heat escaped with a 93-91 home victory over the Trail Blazers.
• Taj Gibson led five players in double figures with 23 points and the host Bulls brushed off a poor offensive first half to rally for an 89-77 victory over the Pacers.
• Mikhail Prokhorov, the Russian owner of the Brooklyn Nets, says he is moving ahead with plans to transfer the NBA team’s ownership company to Russia.NBA spokesman Mike Bass said the league has not received an application to transfer ownership of the Nets.
• Kevin Durant had 27 points and eight assists to help the Thunder defeat the Nuggets 117-96 at home. Caron Butler scored 23 points for the Thunder.
• James Harden scored 31 points, Dwight Howard had a double-double in his return and the Rockets defeated the host Bobcats 100-89 for their fourth consecutive victory. Howard had missed the previous three games with an ankle injury.
• The Los Angeles home of Lakers forward Nick Young was robbed Sunday night of almost $100,000 in goods, Young said Monday. The burglary happened while the Lakers played Orlando at Staples Center. Jewelry, clothes and luggage were stolen.
• Lakers center Pau Gasol has been diagnosed with vertigo and isn’t expected to play against the Knicks on Tuesday.
• Hawks guard Kyle Korver sat out his third consecutive game because of back spasms. Korver is averaging 12.3 points and set an NBA record by making a three-pointer in 127 consecutive games.
• Former NBA basketball player Quinton Ross had to ease the fears of friends and family members after he was erroneously reported dead. He says he woke to a phone loaded with messages from people concerned about his well-being. He went online and found The New York Post had run a story identifying him as a man found dead and buried on a beach. The newspaper later corrected the story.