NEW YORK (AP) LaMarcus Aldridge scored 34 points, Patty Mills made seven 3-pointers and the San Antonio Spurs responded to the latest absence of Kawhi Leonard by beating the Brooklyn Nets 100-95 on Wednesday night.
Mills finished with 25 points and combined with Aldridge on the most important play of the game, a three-point play for Aldridge with 53 seconds remaining on a pass from the reserve guard after the Nets had cut a 17-point deficit to three.
The Spurs announced earlier Wednesday that Leonard would be out indefinitely so he can continue rehabilitating from the right thigh injury that forced him to miss the start of the season.
"We didn't feel he was ready. His confidence level wasn't there, so we decided to give it some more time," coach Gregg Popovich said.
They were fine without him Wednesday, thanks also to Pau Gasol's 13 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists. >> Read more
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The Nets will host the Heat on Friday at 7:30 p.m.