Saturday, May 26, 2018
Sports

Spurs roll, stay perfect at home

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — LaMarcus Aldridge had 23 points, and the Spurs received an early spark from Jonathon Simmons to beat the Mavericks 112-83 Sunday night and remain undefeated at home.

San Antonio is a franchise-best 24-0 at home and has won 33 straight at the AT&T Center dating to March 2015. The Spurs (36-6) matched their best start overall, set in 2010-11.

"We've got to credit these guys, credit the Spurs," Dallas guard Wesley Matthews said. "Obviously they're undefeated at home for a reason. They're a great team. They play hard every single possession. Everybody that checks into the game plays hard."

This is the first season in NBA history in which two teams have won at least 36 of their first 42 games. The Warriors are 37-4.

The Spurs did have some bad news, losing Tony Parker late in the third to right hip soreness.

San Antonio set a season low for points in any quarter in falling behind 16-14 in the first. The Spurs had as many turnovers — three — as baskets in the opening 10 minutes. Fortunately for San Antonio, Dallas wasn't much better. The teams combined to open the game shooting 4-for-23.

The lethargy ended for the Spurs after a timeout and the insertion of Simmons.

After having his dunk blocked by JaVale McGee, Simmons retreated to beyond the arc for two 3-pointers that put San Antonio up 27-26 with 6:41 left.

Simmons finished with 14 points on 5-for-7 shooting, hitting both 3-pointers and both free throws. He played the past two seasons for the Spurs' D-League team in Austin after playing a season in the defunct American Basketball League. He went undrafted in 2012 after his junior season at Houston.

Sparked by Simmons' fearless play, San Antonio outscored Dallas 32-20 in the second quarter.

Aldridge scored 13 of the Spurs' 16 in a five-minute stretch during the second quarter, earning a double-tap high five and smile from Tim Duncan.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Russell Westbrook had his second straight triple double to help the host Thunder beat the Heat 99-74. Westbrook finished with 13 points, 10 rebounds and 15 assists for his fifth triple double of the season and 24th of his career. … Ricky Rubio and Andrew Wiggins scored 18 each, and the host Timberwolves snapped a nine-game losing streak with a 117-87 victory over the Suns.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Bulls center and former Gator Joakim Noah likely has played his last game this season. Noah, who dislocated his left shoulder Friday, will have surgery, and the team estimates the recovery period at four to six months. … The NBA fined Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes $35,000 for making "inappropriate public comments" condoning violence.

Spurs 112, Mavericks 83

DALLAS (83): Parsons 2-7 0-0 5, Nowitzki 2-10 0-0 4, Pachulia 1-7 3-4 5, Williams 2-6 4-4 8, Matthews 5-9 1-2 12, Powell 4-8 5-5 15, Felton 4-9 1-1 9, Harris 2-4 0-0 6, McGee 2-4 1-1 5, Barea 2-7 1-2 5, Villanueva 1-5 2-3 4, Evans 2-3 1-2 5, Jenkins 0-2 0-1 0. Totals 29-81 19-25 83.

SAN ANTONIO (112): Leonard 5-11 4-6 15, Aldridge 9-15 5-5 23, Duncan 0-4 2-2 2, Parker 0-4 2-2 2, Green 2-8 0-1 4, Ginobili 3-8 1-2 7, Diaw 6-11 2-2 16, Mills 2-4 2-2 6, West 4-8 0-1 8, Simmons 5-7 2-2 14, K.Anderson 3-3 2-2 8, Butler 0-1 0-0 0, Marjanovic 3-6 1-1 7. Totals 42-90 23-28 112.

Dallas 16 20 20 27— 83

San Antonio 14 32 32 34— 112

3-Point GoalsDallas 6-23 (Powell 2-3, Harris 2-3, Parsons 1-1, Matthews 1-4, Williams 0-1, Felton 0-1, Evans 0-1, Nowitzki 0-3, Barea 0-3, Villanueva 0-3), San Antonio 5-20 (Simmons 2-2, Diaw 2-5, Leonard 1-3, Butler 0-1, Mills 0-2, Ginobili 0-3, Green 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsDallas 52 (McGee 10), San Antonio 59 (Aldridge, Green 7). AssistsDallas 20 (Barea 4), San Antonio 22 (Parker 7). Total FoulsDallas 23, San Antonio 21. TechnicalsBarea, Dallas Coach Carlisle 2, Dallas defensive three second 2, Marjanovic, San Antonio defensive three second 2. Flagrant Fouls—Pachulia. Ejected—Dallas Coach Carlisle. A18,418 (18,797).

Thunder 99, Heat 74

MIAMI (74): Deng 0-5 2-2 2, Bosh 5-16 2-3 12, Whiteside 7-9 0-0 14, Johnson 7-12 0-0 16, Wade 9-15 4-4 22, Richardson 1-4 0-0 3, Green 1-7 0-0 3, Winslow 0-4 0-0 0, Stoudemire 0-0 2-2 2, Haslem 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 30-72 10-11 74.

OKLAHOMA CITY (99): Durant 8-20 5-5 24, Ibaka 9-15 0-0 19, Adams 3-5 0-0 6, Westbrook 5-16 2-2 13, Roberson 3-6 0-0 6, Singler 1-1 0-0 3, Waiters 6-11 5-5 18, Payne 0-3 0-0 0, Kanter 4-9 0-0 8, McGary 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 40-88 12-12 99.

Miami 18 24 16 16— 74

Oklahoma City 24 20 31 24— 99

3-Point GoalsMiami 4-14 (Johnson 2-3, Richardson 1-1, Green 1-3, Winslow 0-1, Wade 0-1, Bosh 0-2, Deng 0-3), Oklahoma City 7-22 (Durant 3-8, Singler 1-1, Waiters 1-2, Ibaka 1-3, Westbrook 1-4, McGary 0-1, Payne 0-1, Roberson 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsMiami 41 (Whiteside 11), Oklahoma City 50 (Westbrook, Durant 10). AssistsMiami 12 (Johnson 4), Oklahoma City 24 (Westbrook 15). Total FoulsMiami 12, Oklahoma City 13. TechnicalsJohnson. A18,203 (18,203).

Timberwolves 117, Suns 87

PHOENIX (87): Tucker 1-7 2-4 4, Morris 7-12 3-5 17, Chandler 3-4 2-4 8, Knight 9-20 0-0 20, Booker 4-8 3-4 11, Warren 3-6 1-2 7, Weems 1-2 0-0 2, Leuer 3-7 2-4 8, Teletovic 1-7 0-0 2, Brown 2-5 0-0 4, Goodwin 1-3 1-2 4. Totals 35-81 14-25 87.

MINNESOTA (117): Prince 3-3 0-0 6, Garnett 0-2 0-0 0, Towns 5-8 3-3 14, Rubio 6-11 4-4 18, Wiggins 8-13 2-2 18, Bjelica 1-1 3-4 6, Muhammad 4-10 3-6 11, LaVine 3-6 3-4 11, Dieng 4-6 7-7 15, Pekovic 1-2 2-4 4, Martin 3-6 4-4 11, Miller 0-0 1-2 1, Payne 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 39-69 32-40 117.

Phoenix 23 25 21 18— 87

Minnesota 24 34 25 34— 117

3-Point GoalsPhoenix 3-15 (Knight 2-5, Goodwin 1-1, Warren 0-1, Tucker 0-1, Leuer 0-2, Morris 0-2, Teletovic 0-3), Minnesota 7-18 (LaVine 2-4, Rubio 2-5, Bjelica 1-1, Towns 1-1, Martin 1-3, Wiggins 0-1, Muhammad 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsPhoenix 43 (Chandler 8), Minnesota 52 (Muhammad, Towns 8). AssistsPhoenix 16 (Tucker 5), Minnesota 23 (Wiggins 4). Total FoulsPhoenix 29, Minnesota 25. A14,330 (19,356).

Nuggets 129, Pacers 126

INDIANA (126): George 6-12 4-4 19, Allen 2-3 0-0 4, J.Hill 4-5 1-2 9, Ellis 10-17 2-5 24, Robinson III 2-8 3-4 8, Turner 11-13 3-6 25, Miles 2-5 7-8 12, Young 7-11 1-1 15, S.Hill 2-5 0-0 6, Budinger 2-3 0-0 4. Totals 48-82 21-30 126.

DENVER (129): Gallinari 6-11 10-10 23, Faried 5-7 3-5 13, Jokic 6-11 5-6 18, Mudiay 4-10 2-8 10, Harris 8-12 3-3 20, Arthur 3-8 0-0 7, Foye 4-8 2-4 12, Lauvergne 2-5 0-0 5, Barton 8-17 2-2 21, Kilpatrick 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 46-91 27-38 129.

Indiana 30 36 25 35— 126

Denver 30 24 30 45— 129

3-Point GoalsIndiana 9-19 (George 3-7, S.Hill 2-2, Ellis 2-3, Robinson III 1-3, Miles 1-4), Denver 10-26 (Barton 3-6, Foye 2-4, Arthur 1-1, Lauvergne 1-2, Harris 1-3, Jokic 1-3, Gallinari 1-4, Mudiay 0-1, Kilpatrick 0-2). Fouled OutGallinari. ReboundsIndiana 42 (Turner 7), Denver 57 (Faried 9). AssistsIndiana 27 (Young 7), Denver 25 (Foye, Mudiay 6). Total FoulsIndiana 29, Denver 26. A11,104 (19,155).

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