Spurs fall to Lakers at home, open door for Warriors to clinch

Spurs fall to Lakers at home, open door for Warriors to clinch


SAN ANTONIO -- Tyler Ennis had 19 points in place of injured starter D'Angelo Russell and the Los Angeles Lakers never trailed in a 102-95 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night.

The Lakers led by as many as 26 points in snapping an eight-game skid against the Spurs.

Making his first start of the season, Ennis had six assists and only one turnover to help Los Angeles snap San Antonio's three-game winning streak. Russell missed the game after experiencing soreness in his knee during shootaround.

The Spurs pulled within 100-95 on back-to-back 3s by Kyle Anderson and Davis Bertans, but David Nwaba's follow slam shut the door on the rally. Bertans and Tony Parker led the Spurs with 14 points each.

San Antonio played its normal starting lineup, with the exception of injured guard Danny Green, despite already clinching the Southwest Division title.

Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge did not play in the second half, however, as Spurs coach Gregg Popovich opted to rest his starting forwards. Leonard finished with 11 points in 14 minutes, and Aldridge had eight points and six rebounds in 16 minutes.

Larry Nance Jr. had six points and two rebounds in the opening four minutes as the Lakers rolled to a 31-14 lead in the first quarter.

Nance finished with 15 points and nine rebounds.

Lakers: Brandon Ingram, who was initially listed as questionable, played 10 minutes despite experiencing right patellar tendinitis. "Originally he was on no minutes restriction, but with the pain (he is now)," Los Angeles coach Luke Walton said. "He really wants to play and the trainer said he should be fine." ... Tarik Black was also listed as questionable with a mild sprained left knee, but had five points in 27 minutes. ... Ennis has played in 49 games, 18 with the Lakers since being acquired in a trade with Houston.

Spurs: San Antonio G Manu Ginobili did not play after bruising his right quadriceps Tuesday against Memphis. ... Green missed his third straight game with a bruised left quadriceps. ... San Antonio played its first back-to-back games at the AT&T Center in a non-lockout shortened season since February 2009. ... Bertans has 25 blocks, one more than Leonard had his rookie season.

Lakers: Host Sacramento on Friday night.

Spurs: At Dallas on Friday night.


Leonard, Spurs escape with overtime win over Grizzlies

Leonard, Spurs escape with overtime win over Grizzlies


SAN ANTONIO -- Kawhi Leonard had 32 points and 12 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs rallied in the final seconds of regulation before beating the Memphis Grizzlies 95-89 in overtime on Tuesday night in a matchup of likely first-round playoff opponents.

LaMarcus Aldridge added 15 points, including the tying basket with 1.6 seconds left in the fourth quarter.

Memphis point guard Mike Conley exited the game with 3:42 remaining in regulation with an eye injury after bumping heads with Leonard under the basket. The Grizzlies' leading scorer left the court while clutching a towel tightly to his right brow and did not return. His status is unknown.

Conley finished with 19 points and six assists.

Pau Gasol added 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Spurs. He and Patty Mills each hit a 3-pointer in overtime to lead San Antonio to its third straight win.

The Spurs forced overtime during a dramatic final five seconds.

Leonard tied the game at 82 with 4.9 seconds remaining with a step-back, 15-foot jumper over JaMychal GreenZach Randolph followed with a 12-foot, turnaround jumper 2.2 seconds later before Aldridge put in a layup off an inbounds pass from Gasol with 1.6 seconds left. Randolph's 3-pointer fell far short of the basket as the buzzer sounded after he mishandled the ensuing inbounds pass.

Randolph finished with 18 points and 16 rebounds.

San Antonio and Memphis, who split their four-game series, would meet again to open the playoffs if the standings remain the same. The Spurs are currently second in the Western Conference and the Grizzlies are seventh.

Memphis was without defensive stalwart Tony Allen, who had an eye injury, but was still able to stifle San Antonio.

The Spurs matched a season low for points in the opening quarter.

The Grizzlies followed by matching their season low with 35 points in the first half. It was also a season low in the first half by a San Antonio opponent.

Both teams shot under 40 percent in the first half.

Grizzlies: Memphis coach David Fizdale said Allen's vision was still bothering him after being poked in the left eye during Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Lakers. . Marc Gasol and Green played after both were listed as questionable. Gasol has a strained left foot and Green has a sore left shoulder. . G Andrew Harrison sat the game out with an injured right ankle. . Memphis has scored 35 points in the first half twice before, most recently against Utah on Dec. 18. . Memphis is 8-7 in the Southwest Division with one game remaining against Dallas. . Memphis' last win in San Antonio was a 117-116 victory in triple overtime on Dec. 17, 2014.

Spurs: San Antonio PG Tony Parker was 4 for 8 from the field, giving him 7,368 career field goals to pass David Robinson (7,365) for third in franchise history. Tim Duncan (10,285) and George Gervin (7,526) are the franchise leaders. Parker also played his 1,139th career game, passing Danny Schayes for 53rd in league history. . The Spurs have scored 14 points in the first quarter twice before, most recently March 4 against Minnesota.

Grizzlies: Host Oklahoma City on Wednesday night.

Spurs: Host Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night.


Playing without six regulars, Spurs still beat Jazz

Playing without six regulars, Spurs still beat Jazz


SAN ANTONIO -- Kawhi Leonard had 25 points and seven assists, and the San Antonio Spurs held off the Utah Jazz 109-103 on Sunday in a matchup of postseason-bound teams.

The Jazz closed to 102-98 on Joe Johnson's 16-footer with 2:06 remaining that capped a 10-0 run. Leonard then blocked a shot by 7-foot-1 center Rudy Gobert to help San Antonio preserve the victory.

Gobert had 19 points, 14 rebounds and six blocked shots. Boris Diaw scored 19 points, making all nine of his shots against his former team.

Utah (47-30) leads the Los Angeles Clippers (47-31) by a half-game for the Western Conference's No. 4 seed and home-court advantage in the opening round.

San Antonio (59-17) is second in the West behind Golden State.

The Spurs got their 30th home win despite resting Manu Ginobili, David Lee and Patty Mills, and missing injured starters LaMarcus Aldridge and Danny Green. Aldridge has a sprained left thumb and Green sat out with a bruised left quadriceps.

Tony Parker had 21 points and five assists, and five of the team's nine-player rotation scored in double figures.

Leonard had 19 points in the third quarter as the Spurs rebuilt a 15-point lead they lost in the first half.

The Spurs took a 17-point lead in the second quarter following a 20-4 run bridging the first and second quarters. The Jazz rallied behind six points, five blocks and four rebounds from Gobert in the second quarter.

Spurs rookie Davis Bertans opened 2 for 3 on 3-pointers, fueling a 4-for-5 start on 3s in the opening period.

San Antonio finished 10 for 19 on 3-pointers.

Jazz: PG George Hill missed his third straight game with a strained right groin. . Diaw missed the first two games against his former team with a bruised right leg. The 6-8 forward from France played in 331 games in 4-plus seasons with San Antonio after being released by Charlotte. Diaw averaged 7.4 points and 3.8 rebounds. . Starting PF Derrick Favors has not played since March 6, missing 13 straight games with a bruised left knee bone. Utah coach Quin Snyder is not sure when Favors will return, but is hopeful it will be prior to the postseason. . G Raul Neto sat out his third straight game with a strained right groin.

Spurs: Parker became the fourth player in league history with 500 points and 250 assists in 16 seasons, joining John Stockton, Gary Payton and Jason Kidd. . San Antonio has the league's best record since the All-Star break at 16-4. Portland and Golden State are both 15-5 over that span. . At 59-17, the Spurs matched the second-best record in franchise history through 76 games. San Antonio was 64-12 last season while winning a franchise-record 67 games.

Jazz: Host Portland on Tuesday night.

Spurs: Host Memphis on Tuesday night.