Dwyane Wade scored 20 points, and the Chicago Bulls handed San Antonio its first road loss after a 13-0 start, hanging on to beat the Spurs, 95-91, on Thursday night.
San Antonio fell one win shy of matching the NBA’s best road start set by the Golden State Warriors last season. The Spurs cut an 18-point deficit midway through the third quarter to four in the closing minutes, only to come up short.
Kawhi Leonard scored 24 for San Antonio. Patty Mills added 16 points, hitting four of six three-pointers. Former Bull Pau Gasol had 13 points and 10 rebounds in his first game in Chicago since signing with San Antonio in the summer, but the Spurs lost a road game for the first time since Oklahoma City knocked them out in the Western Conference semifinals last season.
Jimmy Butler scored all of his 13 points for Chicago in the second half. Rajon Rondo added 12 points, nine assists and 10 rebounds, and Chicago picked up the win after dropping three in a row and six of nine.
Philadelphia 99, at New Orleans 88: Ersan Ilyasova scored 23 points, Sergio Rodriguez added 16, and the 76ers snapped a franchise record-tying 23-game road losing streak, beating the reeling Pelicans. The Pelicans became the first team to lose at home to the 76ers since last season when Orlando fell to Philadelphia on Jan. 20.
at Memphis 88, Portland 86: Marc Gasol scored 36 points and Toney Douglas made two free throws with less than a second left to lift the Grizzlies past the Trail Blazers. Douglas had 11 points, scoring the game’s final six points to seal Memphis’ fifth straight victory.
Golden State 106, at Utah 99: Stephen Curry scored 26 and the Warriors controlled the Jazz from start to finish. Curry scored 14 points during a 29-1 run that made it 29-5. The Jazz’s only lead of the game was 4-2.
at Toronto 124, Minnesota 110: DeMar DeRozan had 27 points, Kyle Lowry added 25 and the Raptors handed Minnesota its 13th straight loss in Toronto. Lowry was five for seven from three-point range and had 11 assists.
at Washington 92, Denver 85: Bradley Beal scored 26 points and the Wizards overcame a sluggish start in front of a sparse, silent crowd and with a malfunctioning scoreboard. John Wall scored only 15 points one game after a career-best 52.