NBA highlights: Spurs defeats 76ers

Highlights from NBA matches held on Thursday.


Gregg Popovich's San Antonio Spurs defeated Philadelphia 76ers 102-86 on Thursday.   -  AP

Gregg Popovich tied the NBA record for the most career wins with a single franchise, earning his 1,127th in the San Antonio Spurs’ 102-86 victory over Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday night. Popovich matched Jerry Sloan of Utah for the league mark as San Antonio had 15 steals and forced 23 turnovers, both season highs, in winning its 12th straight at home over Philadelphia and 11th straight overall against the 76ers.

Kawhi Leonard scored 19 points and Dewayne Dedmon had 13 points and 10 rebounds for his second double-double for Spurs. The frontcourts for both teams were depleted, with San Antonio missing LaMarcus Aldridge and Pau Gasol, and Philadelphia without Joel Embiid, Nerlens Noel and Robert Covington. Aldridge and Embiid were both late scratches with minor knee ailments.

The 76ers’ frontcourt got 25 points and 10 rebounds from Ersan Ilyasova, and Dario Saric added 14 points.


Stephen Curry scored 29 points despite making just three 3-pointers, Kevin Durant added 26 points and 10 assists, and the Golden State Warriors defeated the Los Angeles Clippers for its fifth straight victory. Blake Griffin had 31 points, making 11 of 13 free throws, for Clippers. It has lost nine in a row to its Bay Area opponent, the franchise’s longest active skid against a single team.

The rematch wasn’t the debacle that occurred last weekend when Clippers lost by 46 points at Golden State. But it still never led and trailed by 21. Clippers got beaten in every category despite Griffin’s hard-charging effort. Warriors was dominant in the paint, on second-chance points and fastbreak points.

Golden State has won 11 of its last 12.


John Wall scored 33 points and had 11 assists, Bradley Beal added 23 points and Marcin Gortat tied his season high with 21 to lead Washington Wizards to its sixth straight win. It marks Washington’s first six-game winning streak since December 8-19, 2014. Wizards has also won 16 straight at home, the second-longest run in franchise history.

Jordan Clarkson led Los Angeles with 20 points.

Washington had a 14-point lead, 86-72 with 2-37 to play in the third quarter, but Lakers, which has lost nine of 11, tied it at 91 with 9-10 to play. Wall, which scored 16 points in the fourth quarter, including Wizards’ final eight, sealed the win with a steal with 1-18 to play. He converted a jumper with 1-06 left, another with 38 seconds remaining and added four late free throws.

At Toyota Center, Atlanta Hawks defeated Houston Rockets 113-108.

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