NBA Roundup : Spurs Steal One as Nets Yield 32 Turnovers and Lose
Alvin Robertson scored 29 points, including 13 during a third-quarter stretch that broke the game open, as the Spurs took advantage of New Jersey’s season-high 32 turnovers for a 112-98 victory Thursday night at San Antonio.
The Spurs had 19 steals, six by Robertson, and lead the league with an average of 11.7 a game.
The Spurs pulled away from a 46-41 halftime lead by outscoring the Nets, 24-12, during the first 8:58 of the third quarter. Robertson had 13 points during the surge.
Willie Anderson added 24 points, and Frank Brickowski had 21 for the Spurs, who have won two of their last three games since snapping a 13-game losing streak.
Roy Hinson led the Nets with 20 points.
Philadelphia 106, Sacramento 96--Charles Barkley had 25 points, and Ron Anderson added 18 at Philadelphia to lead the 76ers past the Kings, who lost for the 12th time in 14 games.
A jumper by Kenny Smith brought the Kings within 81-74 with 10:27 to play. But Derek Smith, picked up by the 76ers last month after being released by the Kings, sparked an 11-2 Philadelphia surge, and a driving layup by Gerald Henderson gave the 76ers a 92-76 lead with 7:34 to play.
Derek Smith added 15 points, and Mike Gminski had 14 for Philadelphia.
Waymon Tisdale led the Kings with 26 points.
Golden State 120, Cleveland 114--Mitch Richmond scored 24 of his 38 points in the second half, including a game-breaking three-point shot with 27 seconds remaining, as the Warriors won at Oakland.
Cleveland’s Mark Price finished with a career-high 37 points and went six for six on three-pointers. But he scored only three points in the final quarter as the Warriors won for the 13th time in their last 14 home games.
There were 25 blocked shots in the game, 14 by Cleveland and 11 by Golden State, which shattered the team record for blocks in a season of 450 set in 1973-74. The Warriors lead the league with 458 blocks in 58 games.
The loss cut the Cavaliers’ lead over second-place Detroit to just two games in the Central Division.