Aldridge helps Spurs beat Pistons in return home, 105-93

ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 28, 2019 12:12 PM
Aldridge helps Spurs beat Pistons in return home, 105-93
San Antonio Spurs center LaMarcus Aldridge (12) is pressured by Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (23) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in San Antonio, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

By Raul Dominguez, Associated Press

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge scored 24 points, DeMar DeRozan had 17 points and 13 points, and the San Antonio Spurs returned home after a 25-day absence to beat the Detroit Pistons 105-93 on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time) and snap a three-game skid.

Detroit had won three straight and 7-of-8 but was facing a San Antonio team in desperate need of a homecoming.

The Spurs returned to the AT&T Center for the first time since Feb. 2 (Feb. 3, PHL time) after going 1-7 on their rodeo road trip, the worst they have fared on their annual excursion.

Marco Belinelli added 17 points off the bench and Derrick White had 15 points, six rebounds and four assists.

Reggie Jackson scored 22 points for Detroit, which had not lost since Feb. 13 (Feb. 14, PHL time) at Boston. Blake Griffin added 17 points and Andre Drummond had 10 points and 17 rebounds.

The Spurs opened the game 5-for-7 on three-pointers in building a 12-point lead, but the inconsistency that plagued them on their trip made the return flight. The Pistons went on a 17-4 run to take a 48-47 lead. San Antonio missed two shots and committed five turnovers during the drought.

Belinelli's off-balance shots helped steady the Spurs. The 12-year veteran was 3-for-4 on three-pointers, giving San Antonio the lead on his first two shots and his final three extending the advantage to 75-64 late in the third quarter. His off-balance 16-footer gave the Spurs a 97-88 advantage with 3:39 remaining.

Belinelli's jumper was part of a 9-0 run after Detroit point guard Ish Smith's layup had cut it to 90-88 with five minutes remaining.

Jakob Poeltl added 11 points and 14 rebounds for the Spurs and also had a key block against Drummond with 2:21 remaining and the Spurs up 99-91.

TIP-INS

Pistons: Detroit has lost four straight in San Antonio with its previous win coming Jan. 6, 2015. . Spurs fans are still upset with Zaza Pachulia, who injured Kawhi Leonard in Game 1 of the 2017 Western Conference finals while with Golden State by stepping under the All-Star forward on a three-pointer. Pachulia was loudly booed when he was introduced and touched the ball. ... Wayne Ellington had 11 points, leaving him one shy of 5,000.

Spurs: Bryn Forbes exited the game with a bruised right calf with 5:34 remaining in the first quarter. Forbes needed assistance walking to the locker room after he and Griffin got tangled up after diving onto the floor to corral a loose ball. . Forbes made a pair of three-pointers before exiting, giving him 237 to surpass Manu Ginobili (236) for third among Spurs' players in their first three seasons. Gary Neal tops the list with 301 three-pointers in his first three seasons, followed by Davis Bertans at 276.

UP NEXT

Pistons: At Cleveland on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time).

Spurs: Host Oklahoma City on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time).

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