Kawhi Leonard scored 22 points Monday night and the San Antonio Spurs never trailed in a 118-81 victory over the Utah Jazz at San Antonio.
The Spurs are 21-5 overall, the second-best start in franchise history, and 13-0 at home.
“The sky kind of fell, but it happens,” said Jazz coach Quin Snyder, whose team trailed by as many as 46 points. “We had no juice, but that’s the wrong team to play when you’re out of gas. Their defense is terrific and they are a championship-level program.”
LaMarcus Aldridge and Tony Parker added 18 points each for the Spurs.
“I’ll take blowouts, especially early in the season,” Parker said. “The starters, we can rest. It’s always great because it adds up. All the rest that we’re getting right now will help come playoff time.”
at Portland 105, New Orleans 101: Damian Lillard led the Trail Blazers with 30 points.
at Chicago 115, Philadelphia 96: Jimmy Butler scored 23 points to lead the Bulls, who rallied from a halftime deficit. Jahlil Okafor scored 22 points for the 76ers, who are 0-15 on the road.
at Denver 114, Houston 108: Will Barton scored 23 points, including two game-sealing free throws with 13.5 seconds to play, and the Nuggets completed a three-game season series sweep of the Rockets.
at Memphis 112, Washington 95: Marc Gasol had 24 points and 12 rebounds and Mike Conley 18 points and 11 assists for the Grizzlies, who made 56% of their shots.
Miami 100, at Atlanta 88: Chris Bosh scored 24 points and Gerald Green 20 to lead the Heat over the slumping Hawks, who are 6-11 since winning seven of their first eight games.
at Dallas 104, Phoenix 94: Chandler Parsons scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half, helping the Mavericks end a three-game home losing streak.
at Indiana 106, Toronto 90: Jordan Hill had 20 points and 13 rebounds and Monta Ellis scored 18 points for the Pacers, who ended the Raptors’ four-game winning streak.
Orlando 105, at Brooklyn 82: Nikola Vucevic scored 18 points and the Magic won at Brooklyn for the first time. The Magic had been 0-6 at Brooklyn since the Nets moved from New Jersey for the 2012-13 season.
Clippers 105, at Detroit 103 (OT)