Thursday, May 24, 2018
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Spurs overcome another Harden triple double

HOUSTON — Kawhi Leonard had 20 points to lead the Spurs to a 106-100 victory over the Rockets on Saturday night.

San Antonio avenged a 101-99 loss to Houston in San Antonio on Wednesday night and improved to 5-0 on the road, where it has outscored opponents by an average of 12.8 points.

James Harden had a triple double for a second straight game against the Spurs, finishing with 25 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds, but also added seven costly turnovers. A deep 3-pointer by Eric Gordon cut the lead to four with two minutes left, but Houston struggled to make stops down the stretch.

Gordon scored 27 off the bench, making 7 of 12 3-pointers.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Blake Griffin had 20 points and 11 rebounds and DeAndre Jordan had 18 points and 16 boards to lead the visiting Clippers to their sixth straight victory, 119-105 over the Timberwolves. Los Angeles (9-1) has the best record in the NBA and is off to the best start in franchise history. … Gordon Hayward scored 25, Rodney Hood added 17 and the visiting Jazz beat Miami 102-91, handing the Heat its fourth straight loss. At 2-6, Miami is off to its worst start since 2007-08. … Isaiah Thomas scored 23, including Boston's final eight, and the visiting Celtics beat the Pacers 105-99. … Jimmy Butler scored 37, and the host Bulls beat the Wizards 106-95. Washington played without star guards John Wall, given the night off to rest his surgically repaired knees, and former Gator Bradley Beal, who is day to day with a sore right hamstring. … Jordan Clarkson scored 23, fellow reserve Lou Williams added 21 and the visiting Lakers won their fifth in six games, 126-99 over the Pelicans. … DeMar DeRozan scored 33, Norman Powell added 19 and the host Raptors beat the Knicks for the fourth straight time, 118-107. … Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 20, Kent Bazemore added 17 and the host Hawks won their fourth straight, 117-96 over the 76ers.

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