HOUSTON — Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge scored 26 points apiece to help the San Antonio Spurs, now without Tony Parker, beat the Houston Rockets 103-92 on Friday night to take a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference semifinals.
Aldridge had managed just 19 points combined in the first two games, but stepped up in the wake of Parker's season-ending leg injury, scoring nine points in the fourth quarter to help the Spurs pull away.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- The Spurs say veteran guard Tony Parker has undergone successful surgery to repair a ruptured left quadriceps tendon.
The team said Friday's procedure was performed by Spurs physician Dr. David Schmidt and a timeline for Parker's return will be determined later.
The Spurs played their starters for most of the game, but they were no match for a motivated Clippers team led by Chris Paul that were fighting for playoff position.
It’s probably a good thing that the Spurs aren’t in the same playoff bracket as the Los Angeles Clippers, as they always seem to give the guys in Silver and Black a hard time.
Tony Parker ignited a fourth-quarter run for San Antonio to withstand a Boston comeback bid
Seemingly everything went right for the Spurs Wednesday night. To start, at least.
Kawhi Leonard finished with 16 points in the first half, Manu Ginobili canned a pair of triples, Tony Parker hit a couple jumpers and the visiting Boston Celtics were without everyday point guard Isaiah Thomas.
The Spurs set multiple season highs in a drubbing of the Brooklyn Nets.
Over the last eight games, the Spurs have been the league’s worst scoring team in the first quarter. Apparently they got that message, because they started significantly better against the Nets, leading 20-17 while shooting 60% of their shots by the 5:15 mark. The hot shooting continued, and the result was a 41-26 lead at the end of the quarter, led by Kawhi Leonard’s 9 points and 4 rebounds.
Mills, Gay and Forbes all had huge games to end the Spurs four-game losing streak.
What a huge difference a good bench performance makes. The Spurs came into Friday night’s tilt with the Charlotte Hornets on a SEGBABA, looking to end a rare four-game losing streak. They were also coming up against one of the hottest guards in the league in Kemba Walker, who is averaging career highs of 24.6 ppg, 48.4% from the field, 41.9% from 3-pt, 92.2% FTs, and 6 assists.
Short-handed Spurs defeat the defending champs on the road in an overtime thriller.
Despite playing without Tony Parker and Pau Gasol, the Spurs entered the domain of the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers hoping to make their biggest statement of the season since an opening-night win at Golden State. After a back-and-forth game that 48 minutes couldn't decide, the Spurs won it in overtime on the back of Kawhi Leonard’s first career 40-point game.
After a mediocre first half and an awful third quarter, the Spurs put the Mavs away down the stretch with some excellent clutch play.
The Spurs were staring down the barrel of their second straight loss to a struggling team. Down eight to the Mavericks with seven minutes left in the fourth, the Spurs put on a 25-10 run to pull ahead and keep their spotless road record intact.
The Spurs slowed the high-scoring Nuggets Thursday night for their second straight win
Kawhi Leonard had his 5th straight 30 point game, finishing with 34 to lead the Spurs. Nicola Jokic hurt the Spurs from the beginning, and led all scorers with 35 points and 11 rebounds, but it wasn't enough as San Antonio beat Denver by 14 points.
The Spurs outscored Denver 69-46 after intermission.
When Darrell Arthur hit a bucket and a free throw early in the first quarter Thursday night in Denver, good for an and-one, the Nuggets had connected on every one of their first 10 shots.
Denver was red-hot, but only led 22-18, thanks to a similarly sizzling start from San Antonio.
The Rockets led buzzer-to-buzzer and pulled away in the second half to tie up the series.
The Spurs have faced two of the most difficult playoff scenarios in the last three days. One is going on the road and facing an angry team at home after a blowout win. After they handled that with a win in Game 3, the next was dealing with an angry team facing a must-win situation in its home venue. This time the Rockets responded and led buzzer-to-buzzer. While the Spurs fought valiantly to stay in it in the first half, the Rockets found their stroke in the third quarter to pull away for the blowout and tie the series back up at 2-2.
The Spurs found their mojo by playing with intensity as Kawhi Leonard led the team to a resounding win over the Rockets.
The Spurs did what they needed to do, and Kawhi Leonard’s MVP-caliber performance of offensive dominance and shutting down the best player on the Rockets was what they needed to even the series. The whole team played with intensity and purpose, following the lead of their star player.
The Spurs shook off the Rodeo stench to win a thriller against the Pacers.
Playing in their first home game in a month, the Spurs looked lost in unfamiliar territory for much of the night. Without Tony Parker (sore quad), the offense was often stagnant and directionless, but aided by 18 points apiece from Pau Gasol and David Lee off the bench, Kawhi Leonard put on an MVP performance in the fourth quarter to lead the Spurs to a last-second victory over the Indiana Pacers.
The bench showed up, and the Spurs rediscovered their mojo on the way to an emphatic victory.
The Spurs came back home in desperate need of a win after losing Games 3 and 4 in Memphis, and they responded in emphatic fashion. It was much more of a team effort with five players scoring in double digits, led by 28 from Kawhi Leonard, and the defense was better (if not great) as the Spurs held everyone beyond Mike Conley relatively in check on the way to another convincing win at home.
The Spurs avoided the trap game and improved to 13-0 on the road.
Unsurprisingly, the Spurs were a bit sluggish out of the gates after last night’s thriller in Milwaukee. By the 7:24 mark, they were just were just 1 of 10 from the field and down 12-3, resulting in a line change by Pop. The bench picked up the slack, led by 8 points from Patty Mills, who was likely seeking redemption after last night’s goose egg from the field. They briefly took a one-point lead before the Wolves hit their last two buckets to take a 22-19 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The Spurs won a defensive, OT battle in NOLA for their 6th straight win
The Spurs got their first taste of the new look Pelicans Friday night, with Demarcus Cousins back in the lineup after missing the Pelicans’ last game for technical foul accumulation. Dewayne Dedmon started again, although Kawhi Leonard started the game on Boogie, who scored 37 against the Spurs earlier in the season, the second most given up by the Spurs to any one player this season.
By Michael Angelo S. Murillo
THE San Beda Red Lions and Arellano Chiefs, finals protagonists from last year in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), reengage for Season 93 today on the final day of first-round elimination play at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan City.
IN two days’ time Season 93 of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) officially rolls out with San Beda College expressing readiness to defend its men’s basketball title albeit recognizing that it is up against souped-up competition.
Handled anew by comebacking NCAA coach Boyet Fernandez, the Mendiola-based Red Lions are looking to claim back-to-back titles this season and 21st overall to further solidify their hold as the most successful team in NCAA seniors basketball.
THE San Beda Red Lions returned to the summit of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) yesterday as they beat the Arellano Chiefs, 83-73, in Game Two of their best-of-three finals that notched for them a 20th NCAA title.
THE battle of the defending champions and the team many consider as a dark horse in Season 93 of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) headlines today’s seniors basketball feature at the FilOil Flying V Center in San Juan City.
Debut winners in their first outing in the brand-new season of the country’s longest-standing collegiate league, both reigning champs San Beda Red Lions and the Lyceum Pirates are out to extend their winning ways and chalk up early the tournament lead when they collide at the scheduled 4 p.m. game.
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