Wednesday, May 23, 2018
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Spurs win 8th straight, add to Nets' losing skid

NEW YORK — LaMarcus Aldridge had 25 points and 11 rebounds as the Spurs extended their winning streak to eight with a 106-79 victory Monday night over the Nets.

Brooklyn dropped its 10th straight at home and fifth in a row overall.

Kawhi Leonard added 17 points for the Spurs, who go to Detroit today then put their 31-game home winning streak on the line Thursday against the Cavaliers.

The Spurs led by seven at halftime and dominated the second half, just as they did in a 102-75 victory over the Nets on Oct. 30. Those are two of their 14 wins by 20 or more points this season.

In the Nets' first game under interim coach Tony Brown, guards Wayne Ellington and Donald Sloan were moved into the starting lineup, and combined for 10 points on 4-of-12 shooting.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: John Wall had 17 points and 10 assists to help the banged-up Wizards pull away from the host Bulls for a 114-100 victory. Washington had seven players score in double figures in its second straight win after a stretch of five losses in six games. The Wizards played without Marcin Gortat, Kris Humphries and Bradley Beal. Gortat was scratched with a sore left knee, Humphries missed his fourth straight game with a sore right knee and Beal has a stress reaction in his lower right leg. Bulls center Joakim Noah returned from a shoulder injury sustained Dec. 21.

NETS HIT RESET: Mikhail Prokhorov wanted a championship, and the Nets never got close. Now he wants a reset, and said it was an easy decision to start it now. "If we look at the team for the time being, it's clear we're doing not the best way," Prokhorov said of firing coach Lionel Hollins and reassigning GM Billy King. Prokhorov blamed himself for a failed win-quick strategy — then said he hopes to contend for a title next season. "I have to look at the reality and make a change if things are not going in the right direction," Prokhorov said. The Nets are 10-28 this season. Their likely lottery spot will go to Boston from a King trade. Kentucky coach John Calipari addressed speculation he would be a candidate to join Brooklyn, tweeting that he is happy where he is: "I plan on being at Kentucky for a long time.''

Spurs 106, Nets 79

SAN ANTONIO (106): Leonard 6-14 3-3 17, Aldridge 12-17 1-1 25, Duncan 4-7 0-0 8, Parker 2-7 2-2 6, Green 0-4 0-0 0, Diaw 4-7 2-4 11, Ginobili 4-5 0-0 9, Mills 1-4 0-0 2, West 4-5 0-0 8, Anderson 1-2 3-4 5, Simmons 1-2 0-0 2, Marjanovic 5-7 3-5 13, Bonner 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 44-82 14-19 106.

BROOKLYN (79): Johnson 6-7 2-2 16, Young 4-10 1-2 9, Lopez 8-17 2-2 18, Sloan 1-4 0-0 2, Ellington 3-8 2-2 8, Bogdanovic 0-5 0-0 0, Reed 1-2 0-0 2, Larkin 2-3 1-2 5, Bargnani 3-6 1-1 7, Brown 0-3 0-0 0, Robinson 4-7 2-2 10, Karasev 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 33-73 11-13 79.

San Antonio 22 23 32 29— 106

Brooklyn 20 18 18 23— 79

3-Point GoalsSan Antonio 4-13 (Leonard 2-5, Ginobili 1-1, Diaw 1-1, Anderson 0-1, Mills 0-2, Green 0-3), Brooklyn 2-12 (Johnson 2-2, Young 0-1, Sloan 0-1, Brown 0-2, Bogdanovic 0-3, Ellington 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsSan Antonio 49 (Aldridge 11), Brooklyn 36 (Young 9). AssistsSan Antonio 27 (Ginobili 5), Brooklyn 15 (Larkin 6). Total FoulsSan Antonio 15, Brooklyn 18. TechnicalsBrooklyn defensive three second. A15,214 (17,732).

Wizards 114, Bulls 100

WASHINGTON (114): Porter 6-13 0-0 14, Dudley 3-5 0-0 8, Nene 7-11 0-0 14, Wall 7-19 1-1 17, Temple 6-10 0-0 14, Gooden 4-10 2-2 10, Oubre Jr. 1-6 0-0 2, Blair 4-6 0-0 8, Sessions 6-10 4-5 16, Neal 4-9 2-2 11, Eddie 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 48-99 9-10 114.

CHICAGO (100): Gibson 2-4 0-0 4, Mirotic 3-8 0-2 7, Gasol 6-11 3-4 15, Rose 8-13 5-5 23, Butler 6-15 6-7 19, Snell 1-5 2-2 4, Noah 0-7 0-0 0, Brooks 4-7 0-0 10, Portis 1-3 4-4 6, McDermott 2-4 3-3 9, Moore 1-2 0-0 3, Bairstow 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 34-81 23-27 100.

Washington 28 34 21 31— 114

Chicago 25 23 26 26— 100

3-Point GoalsWashington 9-24 (Dudley 2-3, Temple 2-4, Wall 2-4, Porter 2-5, Neal 1-1, Oubre Jr. 0-1, Sessions 0-2, Gooden 0-4), Chicago 9-22 (Rose 2-3, McDermott 2-4, Brooks 2-4, Moore 1-2, Mirotic 1-3, Butler 1-3, Snell 0-3). ReboundsWashington 54 (Gooden 12), Chicago 49 (Gasol 10). AssistsWashington 31 (Wall 10), Chicago 18 (Butler 7). A21,409 (20,917).

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