Spurs down Grizzlies to gain ground on Warriors lead

Agence France-Presse
Spurs down Grizzlies to gain ground on Warriors lead
The San Antonio Spurs move within two games of the NBA-leading Golden State Warriors' record

WASHINGTON, USA – LaMarcus Aldridge scored 23 points and Kawhi Leonard added 19 to power San Antonio over visiting Memphis 97-90 Thursday, March 23 (Friday Manila time) moving the Spurs within two games of NBA-leading Golden State.

Australian reserve Patty Mills netted 15 points and French guard Tony Parker contributed 13 as the Spurs improved to 55-16 with their third consecutive triumph, staying within range of the pace-setting Warriors (57-14) with 11 games remaining.

Aldridge cracked the 15,000-point mark for his NBA career with a jumper in the fourth quarter.

Mike Conley scored 22 points to lead the Grizzlies, who fell to 40-32, 1 1/2 games behind Oklahoma City in a fight for sixth in the Western Conference.

Dallas edged the Los Angeles Clippers 97-95, scoring the final 5 points over the last 2:30 of the fourth quarter.

Seth Curry’s jump shot pulled the host Mavericks within 95-94 with 2:19 to play and Dallas took the lead at 96-95 on Harrison Barnes’ jumper with 68 seconds to play.

The Clippers had 3 chances to answer but a Chris Paul miss and two turnovers, the last by Blake Griffin with three seconds remaining, led to a Wesley Matthews free throw to create the final margin as J.J. Redick missed a desperation 3-point attempt at the closing buzzer.

Curry finished with 23 points to lead Dallas while Barnes added 21 and Griffin had 21 to lead the Clippers.

DeMar DeRozan scored 40 points and the Toronto Raptors stretched their win streak to 4 games, rallying from an early 15-point deficit to beat the Miami Heat 101-84.

DeRozan made 14-of-25 shots from the floor and 12-of-13 from the free throw line to achieve 40-or-more points in back-to-back games for the first time in his career after netting 42 against Chicago on Tuesday.

The Raptors (43-29) took the lead for good after a 20-4 run during a six-minute stretch overlapping the third and fourth quarters.

Brooklyn’s Brook Lopez scored 19 points to spark the Nets back from an early 15-point deficit to a 126-98 rout of Phoenix Suns, giving the NBA’s losingest team a 15-56 record and back-to-back wins for the first time in a year. – Rappler.com

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