Aldridge Leads Spurs Over Magic
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge scored 24 points and San Antonio never trailed after the opening minutes, holding the Orlando Magic to their lowest point total in a 108-72 victory on Tuesday night.
The Spurs were still without Kawhi Leonard, who missed his 59th game of the season while battling right quadriceps tendinopathy. Leonard’s injury is a key reason the Spurs are in the unusual position of fighting for a playoff berth after spending much of the previous two decades battling for a top three seed.
Pacers 101, 76ers 98
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Myles Turner scored 25 points, including two clutch free throws with 21.5 seconds remaining, and the Indiana Pacers beat the Philadelphia 76ers in a possible Eastern Conference playoff preview.
Thaddeus Young added 19 points and 10 rebounds for the surprising Pacers (40-28), who overcame an off shooting night by leading scorer Victor Oladipo to win their third straight and improve to a season-high 12 games over .500. They were coming off a 99-97 victory at Boston on Sunday night.
Timberwolves 116, Wizards 111
WASHINGTON (AP) — Karl-Anthony Towns recovered from a shot to the mouth that left him down on the court and finished with a season-high 37 points and 10 rebounds, leading the Minnesota Timberwolves to a victory over the Washington Wizards.
Towns shot 13 for 17, including making all three of his 3-point attempts, and showed no ill effects after getting knocked in the face with about a minute left in the first half.
Mavericks 110, Knicks 97
NEW YORK (AP) — Harrison Barnes scored 30 points and the Dallas Mavericks turned around the game in the third quarter on their way to a 110-97 victory Tuesday night over the New York Knicks, who lost their eighth straight game.
Thunder 119, Hawks 107
ATLANTA (AP) — Russell Westbrook picked up the 100th triple-double of his career and the Oklahoma City Thunder used a 16-0 run late in the fourth quarter to pull away from the Atlanta Hawks for a victory.
Westbrook scored 32 points, dished out 12 assists and grabbed 12 rebounds to become the third-fastest player to reach the milestone. Only Oscar Robertson (277 games) and Magic Johnson (656) got to No. 100 quicker than Westbrook, who accomplished the feat in his 736th contest.
Raptors 116, Nets 102
NEW YORK (AP) — Jonas Valanciunas had 26 points and 14 rebounds, and the Toronto Raptors won their ninth straight and 16th of 17, over the Brooklyn Nets.
DeMar DeRozan and reserve Fred VanVleet scored 15 points apiece, and Kyle Lowry added 11 points and 11 assists for the Eastern Conference-leading Raptors, who held Brooklyn to 35 points after halftime and won a franchise record-tying seventh straight road game.
Pelicans 119, Hornets 115
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Anthony Davis had 31 points, 14 rebounds and five blocked shots, and the New Orleans Pelicans beat the struggling Charlotte Hornets.
Clippers 112, Bulls 106
CHICAGO (AP) — DeAndre Jordan dominated with 29 points and 18 rebounds, Lou Williams scored 26 and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Chicago Bulls.