Spurs rip Rockets for 34th consecutive home victory


The San Antonio Spurs were an angry team looking to take out some frustration and they did so swiftly.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 25 points and 10 rebounds, and the Spurs rebounded from their worst loss in three years to bash the Houston Rockets 130-99 on Wednesday night and remain undefeated at home.

“We were very motivated,” San Antonio point guard Tony Parker said. “Still a little bit mad about what happened, but you have to forget it as fast as you can and learn from it. Tonight it was great reaction from everybody.”

San Antonio has won 25 straight games at home to open the season and 34 consecutive dating back to last season.

Aldridge bounced back — as did the rest of the Spurs — after he was held to five points and three rebounds in a 30-point loss to Golden State on Monday.

San Antonio had 32 assists and shot 56 percent from the field in snapping Houston’s three-game winning streak and handing the Rockets their worst loss of the season.

James Harden had 20 points and Dwight Howard added 13 for Houston.

San Antonio was without Tim Duncan for a second straight game due to a sore right knee, but he wasn’t needed as the Spurs won their league-high 17th game by at least 20 points.

After the 120-90 loss to Golden State, which prompted Spurs coach Gregg Popovich to stay it felt like “we just got beat by 74,” San Antonio had a season-high 69 points in the first half.

Cavaliers 115, Suns 93

In Cleveland, LeBron James scored 21 points before sitting out — and dancing — in the fourth quarter, Kevin Love added 21 points and 11 rebounds, and the Cavaliers stormed away in the second against Phoenix.

Warriors 127, Mavericks 107

In Oakland, Klay Thompson scored a season-high 45 points, Stephen Curry got going after halftime and so did Golden State, which avenged one of its four losses this season by beating Dallas.

Clippers 85, Hawks 83

In Atlanta, Jamal Crawford scored 21 points and Los Angeles won again without Blake Griffin, holding off the mistake-prone Hawks, who had a season-high 23 turnovers.

Thunder 126, T-Wolves 123

In Minneapolis, Kevin Durant had 27 points, nine rebounds and five assists, and hit two huge shots in the final two minutes for Oklahoma City.

Celtics 111, Nuggets 103

In Boston, Avery Bradley matched his season high with 27 points, and the Celtics beat Denver.

Pistons 110, 76ers 97

In Auburn Hills, Michigan, Andre Drummond had 25 points and 18 boards, and Detroit rallied to beat Philadelphia.

Jazz 102, Hornets 73

In Salt Lake City, Rodney Hood scored 24 points and Utah avenged a double-overtime loss to Charlotte last week.