AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Gregg Popovich was explaining before the game how his San Antonio Spurs had managed to win 11 in a row despite injuries to Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili.
It was an impressive run, but it wasn’t going to last forever.
We’ll probably lay an egg here sometime, the veteran coach cautioned. Everybody does after a while. You never know what night that will be.
It turned out to be Friday for the Spurs, whose streak came to an end with a 119-109 loss to the Detroit Pistons. San Antonio fell behind by 21 points in the second quarter, and Detroit held on thanks to Greg Monroe’s 26 points and 16 rebounds.
They beat us to the boards, they beat us to loose balls and they just outplayed us. We’re supposed to be good at defending at the three-point line, but they sliced and diced us, Popovich said. There are just nights you play like this.
San Antonio played without Duncan and Ginobili, and the Pistons equaled their highest score of the season. Detroit was without rookie big man Andre Drummond, who is expected to miss four to six weeks because of a stress fracture in his back.
HEAT 111, CLIPPERS 89: In Miami, LeBron James scored 30 points and Dwyane Wade scored 20 as Miami dominated the middle two quarters.
James shot 9 for 11, giving him 37 makes on his last 47 attempts, and sat out the fourth quarter. It was his fourth straight 30-point game, tying him with Wade as the only Heat player with such streaks in the franchise’s 25-year history.
HORNETS 111, HAWKS 100: In Atlanta, Greivis Vasquez had his first career triple-double and Eric Gordon scored 27 points to lead New Orleans, which rallied from a 14-point deficit in the first half.
CAVALIERS 119, MAGIC 108: In Cleveland, Kyrie Irving scored 24 points as Cleveland handed Orlando its 12th straight loss.
LAKERS 100, BOBCATS 93: In Charlotte, N.C., Kobe Bryant shrugged off a scoreless first half to finish with 20 points, eight assists and seven rebounds as Los Angeles overcome a 20-point second-half deficit to pull within three games of .500.
WIZARDS 89, NETS 74: In Washington, Nene had 20 points and 11 rebounds, John Wall added 15 points and nine assists, and Martell Webster scored 16 points to lead Washington.
THUNDER 127, PHOENIX 96: In Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant scored 21 points, Thabo Sefolosha had a season-high 18 as Oklahoma City completed a 3-0 homestand.
ROCKETS 118, TRAIL BLAZERS 103: In Houston, James Harden had 35 points and 11 assists, and Chandler Parsons scored 20 to lead Houston.
KNICKS 100, TIMBERWOLVES 94: In Minneapolis, Carmelo Anthony had 36 points and nine rebounds, scoring 12 points down the stretch to rally New York.
GRIZZLIES 99, WARRIORS 93: In Memphis, Tenn., Marc Gasol scored six of his 20 points down the stretch to help Memphis end a two-game slide. Gasol also grabbed 11 rebounds.