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San Antonio fell one win shy of matching the NBA’s best road start set by the Golden State Warriors last season. The Spurs cut an 18-point deficit midway through the third quarter to four in the closing minutes, only to come up short.
Kawhi Leonard scored 24 for San Antonio. Patty Mills added 16 points, hitting 4 of 6 3-pointers. Former Bull Pau Gasol had 13 points and 10 rebounds in his first game in Chicago since signing with San Antonio in the summer, but the Spurs lost a road game for the first time since Oklahoma City knocked them out in the Western Conference semifinals last season.
Jimmy Butler scored all of his 13 points for Chicago in the second half. Rajon Rondo added 12 points, nine assists and 10 rebounds, and Chicago picked up the win after dropping three in a row and six of nine.
The Spurs hadn’t dropped a regular-season road game since Denver beat them on April 8.
WARRIORS 106, JAZZ 99
Stephen Curry scored 26 points and Golden State controlled Utah from start to finish.
Curry had 14 points during a 29-1 run that made it 29-5. The Jazz’s only lead of the game was 4-2.
Kevin Durant added 21 points and 11 rebounds for Golden State.
76ERS 99, PELICANS 88
Ersan Ilyasova scored 23 points, Sergio Rodriguez added 16, and Philadelphia snapped a franchise record-tying 23-game road losing streak, beating New Orleans.
RAPTORS 124, WOLVES 110
DeMar DeRozan had 27 points, Kyle Lowry added 25 and the Raptors handed Minnesota its 13th straight loss in Toronto.
GRIZZLIES 88, BLAZERS 86
Marc Gasol scored 36 points and Toney Douglas made two free throws with less than a second left to lift Memphis past Portland.
WIZARDS 92, NUGGETS 85
Bradley Beal scored 26 points and Washington overcame a sluggish start in front of a sparse, silent crowd and with a malfunctioning scoreboard.