Mills leads San An­to­nio past Golden St. in game mi­nus top stars

The Washington Post Sunday - - PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL -

Patty Mills had 21 points, and the San An­to­nio Spurs rolled to a 107-85 vic­tory over the vis­it­ing Golden State Warriors on Satur­day night in a game short on star power to pull within a half-game of the NBA’s top record.

The big show­down be­tween the league’s top two teams turned into a huge let­down with both teams miss­ing their star play­ers.

Al­ready with­out Kevin Du­rant be­cause of a knee in­jury, Golden State opted to rest Stephen Curry, Klay Thomp­son, Dray­mond Green and An­dre Iguo­dala.

The Spurs were ex­pect­ing to be with­out Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker and De­jounte Mur­ray be­cause of in­juries, but they re­ceived a jolt when they were in­formed that for­ward LaMar­cus Aldridge will be out in­def­i­nitely with a mi­nor heart ar­rhyth­mia. Aldridge un­der­went tests Satur­day and will have more Mon­day.

Ian Clark had 36 points to lead Golden State, which suf­fered its third straight loss and fifth in seven games.

Aldridge, a five-time all-star, will have fur­ther tests be­fore the Spurs can de­ter­mine just how long he will be out. Aldridge has had heart is­sues in the past and was di­ag­nosed with Wolff-Parkin­son-White syn­drome — an ab­nor­mal­ity that can cause a rapid heart­beat — as a rookie in 2007.

Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich said Aldridge in­formed the team that “he felt a lit­tle odd” dur­ing San An­to­nio’s 112-102 loss at Ok­la­homa City on Thurs­day, lead­ing to the di­ag­no­sis.

“Some­body says a heart, you start think­ing a lit­tle more pos­si­ble long-term kind of stuff. That’s a lit­tle scary,” Popovich said. “But you don’t go there yet.”

THUN­DER 112, JAZZ 104: Rus­sell West­brook had 33 points, 14 as­sists and 11 re­bounds for his 32nd triple-dou­ble of the sea­son, lead­ing host Ok­la­homa City past Utah.

West­brook broke a tie with Wilt Cham­ber­lain (1967-68) for the sec­ond-most triple-dou­bles in a sea­son. Os­car Robert­son set the record of 41 in 1961-62.

Vic­tor Oladipo added 22 points for the Thun­der, which im­proved to 26-6 when West­brook has a triple-dou­ble this sea­son.

The Jazz was with­out cen­ter Rudy Gobert and for­ward Der­rick Fa­vors be­cause of in­juries. Dante Exum scored 22 points.

CAVA­LIERS 116, MAGIC 104: LeBron James had 24 points, 13 as­sists and 12 re­bounds, and Cleve­land stopped a three-game skid with a vic­tory at Or­lando.

Kyrie Irv­ing scored 22 for the Eastern Con­fer­ence-lead­ing Cava­liers, who had dropped four of five games. It was James’s ca­reerbest ninth triple-dou­ble of the sea­son.

Nikola Vuce­vic had 20 points and 16 re­bounds for the Magic.

PELICANS 125, HORNETS 122 (OT): An­thony Davis had 46 points and 21 re­bounds, and New Or­leans beat host Char­lotte with DeMar­cus Cousins sit­ting on the bench dur­ing crunch time.

Davis had 15 points in the fourth quar­ter and nine more in over­time, in­clud­ing a three-point play on an of­fen­sive re­bound to put the Pelicans ahead for good with 1:11 left. Davis fin­ished 18 for 31 from the field and was 4 for 5 from three-point range.

Jrue Hol­i­day added 15 points and 13 as­sists as the Pelicans im­proved to 3-6 since adding Cousins. But Cousins didn’t play after pick­ing up his fifth foul with 9:35 left in reg­u­la­tion.

Marvin Wil­liams had 27 points and 10 re­bounds for the Hornets.

CLIPPERS 112, 76ERS 100: Chris Paul scored 30 points, and DeAn­dre Jor­dan had 19 points and 20 re­bounds to help Los An­ge­les beat vis­it­ing Philadel­phia.

Richaun Holmes led the Six­ers with 24 points and nine re­bounds.

PISTONS 112, KNICKS 92: To­bias Har­ris scored 23 of his 28 points in the first half, and Detroit beat New York in Auburn Hills, Mich.

The Pistons are 12-6 since the start of Fe­bru­ary.

Kristaps Porzingis scored 18 for the Knicks, who lost for the fourth time in five games.

HEAT 104, RAPTORS 89: Dion Waiters scored 20 points, Tyler John­son added 16 and host Mi­ami beat Toronto, im­prov­ing to 21-4 over its past 25 games.

DeMar DeRozan scored 17 points for the Raptors, who have lost 15 of their past 24 games.

SUNS 100, MAVERICKS 98: Devin Booker hit a 17-footer with a sec­ond left to give Phoenix a road vic­tory over Dal­las.

Booker had 25 of his 36 points in the sec­ond half.

BUCKS 102, TIM­BER­WOLVES 95: Tony Snell scored 19 points, Gian­nis An­te­tok­oun­mpo had 18 and bal­anced Mil­wau­kee beat vis­it­ing Min­nesota for its sea­son-high sixth straight win.

Karl-An­thony Towns had 35 points and 14 re­bounds for the Tim­ber­wolves, who were com­ing off a vic­tory against Golden State on Fri­day night.

HAWKS 107, GRIZZLIES 90: Rookie Tau­rean Prince scored a ca­reer-high 17 points as At­lanta sent host Mem­phis to its fifth straight loss.


Patty Mills lifted the Spurs, who learned that LaMar­cus Aldridge is out in­def­i­nitely with a heart is­sue.

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