San Antonio Spurs Roll Past Miserable Philadelphia Sixers
LaMarcus Aldridge led the San Antonio Spurs with 26 points and nine rebounds in Monday night’s game in Philadelphia against the 76ers, which the Spurs won 119-68. Tony Parker scored 12 points. Usual starters Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Kawhi Leonard all sat out.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich decided to rest both Duncan and Ginobili, and Leonard was ill. Even then, San Antonio held a 44-point lead by the end of the third quarter, and hit the 100-point mark with just 10 minutes remaining in the game. The game marked the 10th consecutive win for the Spurs against the Sixers. The Sixers’ new chairman of basketball operations Jerry Colangelo sat courtside.
‘‘What’s tough is, I know [Brown’s] a hell of a coach,’’ Popovich said of Sixers third-year coach Brett Brown. ‘‘But it’s not a fair battle. Talent for talent, it’s ridiculous.’’ Brown was an assistant to Popovich for many years in San Antonio.
Robert Covington, Nik Stauskas and Nerlens Noel each scored 13 points for the Sixers. Jahlil Okafor, who returned from a two-game suspension due to his involvement in a Boston street fight, scored 10 points. Brown took Okafor off the bench because of an illness.
Aldridge, Parker, Danny Green, Kyle Anderson and Matt Bonner all started for the Spurs.
The Sixers are now 1-21 this season, while the Spurs are 18-4. The Sixers will next play the Nets in Brooklyn on Thursday, while the Spurs will face the Raptors in Toronto on Wednesday.
PHOTO: WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 04: Bradley Beal #3 of the Washington Wizards makes a pass in front of LaMarcus Aldridge #12 of the San Antonio Spurs during the first half at Verizon Center on November 4, 2015 in Washington, DC.