The San Antonio Spurs continue to be the NBA’s best road team.
They turned a close game into a rout of the Phoenix Suns on Thursday night, getting 18 points and 10 rebounds from Kawhi Leonard and 18 points and nine rebounds from Pau Gasol in a 107-92 victory at Phoenix.
The Spurs (21-5) withstood the Suns’ attempt to push the tempo after San Antonio had played Wednesday, and held Phoenix to 40% shooting. The Spurs are an NBA-best 14-1 on the road.
“We haven’t really thought about that much,” guard Danny Green said of the Spurs, who lost last week at Chicago. “Took one loss last time on the road, wanted to bounce back and play better.”
San Antonio took a 10-point lead early in the third quarter, but the Suns wouldn’t go away until the fourth. Leandro Barbosa flipped in a finger roll and was fouled with 10:08 to play, giving the Suns their first lead since midway through the second quarter.
The Spurs responded with an 11-0 run and clamped down defensively to take control of the game, extending their winning streak against the Suns to eight games.
at Golden State 103, New York 90: Klay Thompson scored 25 points, JaVale McGee scored 17 and Kevin Durant had 15 points and 14 rebounds for the Warriors. The Knicks played without Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose.
at New Orleans 102, Indiana 95: Anthony Davis had 35 points, 16 rebounds and five blocked shots for the Pelicans, who also got a season-high 21 points from rookie Buddy Hield. Davis was at his best during a 15-0 Pelicans run inside the final five minutes, scoring 10 points and blocking two shots. Myles Turner scored 26 points to lead the Pacers.
at Denver 132, Portland 120: Danilo Gallinari scored 20 of his 27 points in the first half and Gary Harris scored 18 points in his return to the Nuggets’ lineup. Damian Lillard had 40 points and 10 assists for the Trail Blazers, who had won 13 of 14 against the Nuggets, including an overtime victory in Denver’s home opener.
at Milwaukee 108, Chicago 97: Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 30 points and Jabari Parker scored 28 to lead the Bucks, who never trailed and led by 24 points early in the fourth quarter. Milwaukee ended a three-game losing streak, sending the Bulls to their fifth loss in seven games. Jimmy Butler scored 21 points to lead the Bulls.