Spurs extend win streak to nine with win over Pistons
AUBURN HILLS. Mich. (AP) -- Tony Parker scored 31 points, LaMarcus Aldridge added 22 points and 13 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Detroit Pistons 109-99 on Tuesday night for their ninth straight victory.
Detroit had its three-game winning streak snapped.
Manu Ginobili added 15 points while Tim Duncan had 14 points and nine rebounds for the Spurs, who return to San Antonio trying to extend their 31-game home winning streak Thursday against Cleveland.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led the Pistons with 25 points, while Andre Drummond added 17 points and 10 rebounds.
The Pistons led 25-24 after the first quarter, but their reserves had trouble dealing with Ginobili and Boris Diaw, who combined for 19 first-half points. The Spurs also gave the Pistons a ton of trouble in the paint, sending Drummond to the bench with three fouls in nine minutes.
San Antonio’s defense dominated in the half-court setting, but the Pistons kept themselves within 53-44 by scoring 14 points off turnovers while the Spurs only managed two.
Parker took over in the third quarter, scoring 14 points in the first five minutes to help San Antonio expand the margin to 71-54. Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy switched defensive specialist Caldwell-Pope onto Parker, but that barely slowed him down.
The Spurs took an 81-66 lead into the fourth, but Drummond brought the crowd to its feet with a spectacular one-handed dunk off a Brandon Jennings lob. Jennings added a three-point play as the Pistons were within 83-73 after two minutes of the quarter.
Detroit, though, stalled there, as Aldridge and Ginobili hit enough shots to prevent an extended run.
Spurs: Duncan was playing his 20th career game at the Palace, including three in the 2005 NBA Finals. The Spurs have won four of the last five visits, bringing him to 10-10 in Auburn Hills for his career.
Pistons: Marcus Morris returned to the starting lineup after missing Saturday’s win over Brooklyn with knee tendinitis. That game was the only time this season that Van Gundy has deviated from Morris, Reggie Jackson, Caldwell-Pope, Drummond and Ersan Ilyasova.
The start of the second half was delayed for several minutes while stadium technicians changed the nets on both baskets. No explanation was given.
Spurs: Host Cleveland on Thursday.
Pistons: Visit Memphis on Thursday.