Sunday, February 18, 2018
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Spurs rally late to top Pelicans

NEW ORLEANS — Kawhi Leonard capped 30-point, 11-rebound performance with a huge 3-pointer in the final minute, and the Spurs extended their winning streak to seven games with a 94-86 victory over the Pelicans on Thursday night.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 26 points and Danny Green scored 11 for the Spurs, who closed the game on a 12-0 run during the final 3:10.

Leonard was 12-of-22 shooting, including 6- for-10 on 3-pointers.

Anthony Davis had 17 points and 13 rebounds for New Orleans, which dropped its third straight. Eric Gordon added 23 points and Jrue Holiday scored 13.

During San Antonio's game-ending run, the Pelicans missed their last six shots and the Spurs had two offensive rebounds that led to five second-chance points.

DURANT CRITICIZES THUNDER: Kevin Durant didn't mince words after the Thunder, again, lost a big lead in a 103-98 loss at the Clippers on Wednesday night. "If we want to be a great team, we're fooling ourselves," said Durant, who had 30 points, 11 rebounds and five assists. "If we want to win a bunch of games in the regular season, then that's cool, but we're fooling ourselves the way we're playing. We can't keep talking about wakeup calls." Oklahoma City led by 16 with 7:30 left. On Saturday, in aloss to the Warriors, the Thunder blew a 14-point lead.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Dwyane Wade scored 27, Goran Dragic added 25 and the host Heat never trailed in beating the Suns 108-92, its third straight victory. Wade has faced Phoenix 18 times, and has at least 16 points in each game, coming in averaging 25.4 against the Suns. … DeMarcus Cousins had 22 points and 13 rebounds and Rajon Rondo had 18 points and 12 assists the Kings won 104-101 for their first victory in Dallas since Feb. 27, 2003. They snapped a 22-game road losing streak against the Mavs.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Knicks guard Carmelo Anthony said the decision to issue an apology for his interaction with a fan was made by Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan. Anthony told a heckling fan Tuesday to ask Dolan for his money back, pointing to the owner nearby. Wednesday, the Knicks sent a statement on Anthony's behalf saying he shouldn't have responded the way he did. … 76ers forward Jerami Grant was fined $10,000 for throwing a water bottle into the stands in Washington on Monday. … Pelicans center Alexis Ajinca is out indefinitely with a fractured sternum.

Spurs 94, Pelicans 86

SAN ANTONIO (94): Leonard 12-22 0-0 30, Aldridge 11-19 4-4 26, Duncan 2-6 3-4 7, Parker 1-3 0-0 2, Green 4-8 2-2 11, Mills 3-6 2-2 9, Diaw 0-3 0-0 0, K.Anderson 0-3 2-2 2, West 2-7 1-1 5, Miller 0-1 0-0 0, Butler 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 36-81 14-15 94.

NEW ORLEANS (86): Cunningham 2-6 0-0 5, Davis 7-12 3-3 17, Perkins 1-2 0-0 2, Cole 5-13 0-0 11, Gordon 9-19 2-2 23, R.Anderson 3-10 1-1 8, Holiday 5-17 2-2 13, Gee 1-3 0-0 2, Babbitt 1-4 0-0 3, Douglas 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 35-89 8-8 86.

San Antonio 22 23 23 26— 94

New Orleans 26 20 22 18— 86

3-Point GoalsSan Antonio 8-21 (Leonard 6-10, Mills 1-3, Green 1-5, Butler 0-1, Parker 0-1, K.Anderson 0-1), New Orleans 8-24 (Gordon 3-6, Babbitt 1-2, R.Anderson 1-3, Cole 1-3, Cunningham 1-4, Holiday 1-4, Davis 0-1, Douglas 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsSan Antonio 55 (Leonard 11), New Orleans 45 (Davis 13). AssistsSan Antonio 27 (Mills 8), New Orleans 23 (Holiday 7). Total FoulsSan Antonio 11, New Orleans 13. TechnicalsSan Antonio defensive three second. A17,781 (16,867).

Heat 108, Suns 92

PHOENIX (92): Tucker 5-8 0-0 10, Len 4-14 4-5 12, Chandler 2-4 2-4 6, Price 1-4 0-0 2, Booker 11-21 9-9 34, Goodwin 4-9 2-3 10, Teletovic 3-10 3-4 11, Jenkins 2-8 1-2 5, Leuer 1-4 0-0 2, Weems 0-0 0-0 0, Pressey 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 33-82 21-27 92.

MIAMI (108): J.Johnson 3-7 0-0 8, Deng 4-10 2-4 12, Stoudemire 3-3 2-2 8, Dragic 10-18 2-4 25, Wade 9-17 9-10 27, Winslow 3-5 2-2 9, Richardson 2-7 1-2 6, Whiteside 4-8 1-1 9, Green 2-7 0-0 4, McRoberts 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 40-83 19-25 108.

Phoenix 21 22 25 24— 92

Miami 29 28 27 24— 108

3-Point GoalsPhoenix 5-22 (Booker 3-7, Teletovic 2-5, Goodwin 0-1, Price 0-2, Tucker 0-2, Leuer 0-2, Jenkins 0-3), Miami 9-17 (Dragic 3-6, J.Johnson 2-2, Deng 2-4, Winslow 1-1, Richardson 1-3, Green 0-1). ReboundsPhoenix 45 (Len 13), Miami 59 (Whiteside 11). AssistsPhoenix 12 (Booker 4), Miami 25 (Wade 7). Total FoulsPhoenix 24, Miami 25. A19,600 (19,600).

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