SAN ANTONIO (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge had 20 points and Dejounte Murray had 16 points and 15 rebounds and the San Antonio Spurs held on to beat the Toronto Raptors 101-97 on Monday night.
San Antonio was without Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker and Toronto was without Jonas Valanciunas and their absences were noticeable in the flow of each team’s offense.
The Spurs had a season-high 20 turnovers. They were averaging 11 turnovers in their first two games, but had four in the opening four minutes.
Toronto took advantage, keeping the game close despite being outrebounded 56-33.
DeMar DeRozan had 28 points and Serge Ibaka had 13 as the Raptors lost their first game of the season.
San Antonio went on a 12-2 run after the game was tied at 85 with 5 minutes remaining in a physical matchup between the perennial playoff teams.
Both teams were assessed 20-plus fouls and Aldridge and Ibaka received technical fouls after an altercation with 3:36 remaining in the game. The two got tangled battling for position under the rim when Ibaka threw an elbow into Aldridge’s midsection. Aldridge would push Ibaka before the two were separated.
Aldridge responded minutes later by drawing a sixth foul on Ibaka. Aldridge shouted in celebration and glared at a fallen Ibaka after driving to the basket and scoring on a layup to give San Antonio a 97-87 lead.
Toronto closed within three in the final two seconds, but Aldridge made one of two free throws to seal the victory.
San Antonio’s wings struggled with keeping possession, but excelled defensively. The Spurs had a season-high 12 blocks.
San Antonio guard Danny Green blocked Ibaka in the first quarter followed shortly by Kyle Anderson’s block on Toronto seven-footer Lucas Nogueira.
Ginobili spun baseline and drove to the basket for a layup and then took a charge on the ensuing play, earning a large ovation as he exited for a substitution.
Green later tipped a 3-pointer by DeRozan and then drained a 3-pointer on the ensuing play to enliven the crowd.
Raptors: Toronto, San Antonio, Golden State and the Los Angeles Clippers are the only teams with at least 48 wins in each of the past four seasons. … The Raptors have lost nine straight in San Antonio, last winning Dec. 28, 2007. … Toronto was San Antonio’s first opponent at the AT&T Center. . The Raptors waived F K.J. McDaniels on Sunday. McDaniels was inactive for Toronto’s first two games, but totaled six points, five rebounds and two blocks in three preseason games.
Spurs: Anderson had a career high two blocks, both coming in the first quarter. … The Spurs had a 3-pointer for the 978th straight game, the fifth longest streak in the NBA.
Raptors: At Warriors on Wednesday.
Spurs: At Miami on Wednesday.
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By Alan Baldwin
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Toro Rosso have dropped Russian Daniil Kvyat for Sunday’s Mexican Grand Prix and handed Brendon Hartley a second chance after the New Zealander made a strong debut in Texas at the weekend.
Frenchman Pierre Gasly will return to the lineup after missing the U.S. Grand Prix to compete in the final round of the Japanese Super Formula championship that was ultimately washed out by bad weather.
Hartley, who finished 13th at the Circuit of the Americas, impressed with his calm approach to stepping in at the last moment and made no major mistakes in the race.
“Scuderia Toro Rosso’s driver lineup for the upcoming 2017 Mexican Grand Prix will be formed by … Pierre Gasly and Brendon Hartley,” the team said in a statement.
Gasly competed for the Red Bull-owned team in Malaysia and Japan alongside Spaniard Carlos Sainz, who has now moved to Renault.
It is the third time that Kvyat has been dropped by Red Bull and it remains to be seen whether he returns, with the 23-year-old Russian seemingly no longer in the company’s long-term plans.
Toro Rosso serves as a feeder team to the main Red Bull Racing outfit, bringing on young drivers, and Kvyat was always operating on borrowed time having been promoted and dropped from the former champions.
However, Hartley is 27 and was dropped from the Red Bull program entirely after testing with Toro Rosso in 2009.
His return to the fold is unprecedented for a team that has cast many drivers aside over the years, but he has won the Le Mans 24 Hours and world endurance championship in the intervening years.
The New Zealander, his country’s first Formula One driver in 33 years, also has a reputation as a very quick driver from his time with the Porsche endurance team.
Kvyat meanwhile has accumulated only five points from 15 races this season, finishing 10th in Austin, and was completely eclipsed by Sainz in the early part of the year.
He was dropped from the Red Bull senior team four races into the 2016 season to make way for Max Verstappen, a Dutch teenage prodigy who is now 20 and a two times race winner.
Toro Rosso are still evaluating their options for 2018, with Gasly looking sure to be one of the drivers and Hartley clearly in the frame.
(Additional reporting by Pritha Sarkar in London; Editing by Ken Ferris/Greg Stutchbury)
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DALLAS (AP) — Stephen Curry scored 29 points, Kevin Durant added 25 and the Golden State Warriors pulled away from the winless Dallas Mavericks in the second half of a 133-103 victory on Monday night.
Klay Thompson had 21 points as the defending champs got back to .500 four games into the season, two nights after losing their cool late in a loss at Memphis.
This time, the Warriors calmly put away the Mavericks after Dallas cut an 18-point deficit early in the second quarter to one late in the first half. Golden State never trailed in its seventh straight win in the series.
Curry made all five of his shots inside the 3-point line and all 13 free throws the same day he was fined $50,000 for throwing his mouthpiece in the final minute against the Grizzlies.
Thompson had consecutive 3-pointers to cap a 15-2 run that turned a two-point lead into an 83-68 advantage in the third quarter, sending Dallas to its second straight 0-4 start. The Mavericks lost a franchise-worst five straight to start last season.
Wesley Matthews scored 19 points for the Mavericks. Harrison Barnes had 13 points against his former team, matching J.J. Barea and Yogi Ferrell. Rookie Dennis Smith Jr. had 10 points after missing two games with left knee swelling.
Curry was just 2 of 10 from long range but made up for it by getting to the line. The two-time MVP has made all 39 free throws this season.
Durant was 9 of 15 from the field and 4 of 6 from beyond the arc as the Warriors shot 56 percent.
The Mavericks trailed 42-24 early in the second quarter before Matthews made all four shots, including a pair of 3-pointers, in a 10-point quarter. Dallas was twice within a point but never had a chance to take the lead.
Curry hit two free throws for a three-point halftime lead, then made one before play started in the second half when the Mavericks were called for delay of game.
Warriors: Curry became the eighth player to reach 20,000 career minutes for Golden State in the first quarter. … The Warriors improved to 34-7 after a loss under coach Steve Kerr. … Curry and Draymond Green had eight assists apiece. Green scored 10 points with seven rebounds.
Mavericks: Curry’s younger brother, Mavericks G Seth Curry, has missed all four games with a stress reaction in his lower left leg. Coach Rick Carlisle ruled him out this week. … G Devin Harris missed his third straight game since his older brother, Bruce Harris, was killed in a car wreck in Dallas last week.
Warriors: Home against Toronto on Wednesday.
Mavericks: Home against Memphis on Wednesday.
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