Spurs win as Gregg Popovich misses game for medical procedure

Spurs win as Gregg Popovich misses game for medical procedure
Spurs guard Manu Ginobili slips past Pacers forward Solomon Hill for a layup in the first half Wednesday night in San Antonio. (Darren Abate / Associated Press)

Manu Ginobili had 28 points and the San Antonio Spurs won without coach Gregg Popovich, rallying for a 106-100 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night.

Popovich missed the game after undergoing what the team called a minor medical procedure. Popovich's status for Friday's home game against Sacramento is unknown. Assistant Ettore Messina took over for Popovich, becoming the first Europe-born coach to run an NBA team in the regular season.


The 65-year-old Popovich is in his 18th season as head coach of the Spurs.

at Dallas 109, New York 102 (OT): Tyson Chandler set season highs with 17 points and 25 rebounds against his former team, helping the Mavericks to a victory over the Knicks, who were without Carmelo Anthony. J.R. Smith, starting because Anthony had back spasms, was one of 10 from the field entering the fourth quarter. But he made a tying jump shot with 0.9 seconds left in regulation. Chandler put Dallas ahead for good at 101-99 with a dunk in his first game against New York since an off-season trade that brought him back to Dallas after three seasons with the Knicks.

Brooklyn 99, at Philadelphia 91: Alan Anderson scored 10 of his 12 points in the fourth quarter, and the Nets won to extend the 76ers' season-opening skid to 15 games — matching a Philadelphia franchise record. Philadelphia rallied from a 20-point deficit in the first half to lead early in the fourth quarter before fading. The 76ers' 1972-73 team started the season with 15 losses en route to a 9-73 record.

Golden State 111, at Orlando 96: Stephen Curry sat in the fourth quarter but still had a game-high 28 points, including six three-point field goals.

at Cleveland 113, Washington 87: Le Bron James had 29 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists in 36 minutes as Cavaliers exacted a little revenge just five days after the Wizards had routed them 91-78.

Toronto 126, at Atlanta 115: DeMar DeRozan scored 27 points as the Raptors won their 11th of 12 to match the best stretch in the franchise's 20-year history. They also accomplished the feat from March 22 to April 14, 2002.

at Oklahoma City 97, Utah 82: The Thunder, which shot 48%, ended a six-game skid.

Milwaukee 103, at Minnesota 86: Brandon Knight scored 13 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter to help lift the Bucks.

Portland 105, at Charlotte 97: Wesley Matthews scored a season-high 28 points to lead the Trail Blazers to their ninth win in a row.

at Houston 102, Sacramento 89: James Harden, who made only 10 of 31 shots, finished with 26 points, eight assists and seven rebounds to help the Rockets win their third straight game.

at Phoenix 120, Denver 112: Gerald Green made six of 11 three-point shots and scored 24 points to help the Suns end the Nuggets' three-game winning streak.