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