Pau Gasol signs with NBA-leading Milwaukee Bucks
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Pau Gasol signed with the NBA-leading Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday, two days after the 38-year-old Spanish center reached a buyout agreement with the San Antonio Spurs.
San Antonio Spurs part with veteran center Pau Gasol
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs announced a buyout agreement with Pau Gasol on Friday, allowing the veteran center to become playoff-eligible with another team.
DeRozan’s 36 points fuels Spurs past Lakers 133-120
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Jakob Poeltl and Davis Bertans walked off the court to huge cheers and the embrace of San Antonio Spurs veterans Pau Gasol and LaMarcus Aldridge.
In a game filled with All-Stars like Aldridge, DeMar DeRozan and LeBron James, the Spurs relied on a gritty effort from Poeltl, Bertans and their bench to salvage a victory.
Popovich: Pau Gasol out with stress fracture
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — San Antonio forward Pau Gasol has a stress fracture in his left foot, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said Wednesday.
Gasol, who didn't travel with the team to Minnesota and missed his 12th consecutive game Wednesday night, had been out with soreness in the foot but had recently been getting some work on the court.
Wade misses Heat-Spurs game for personal reasons
MIAMI (AP) — Dwyane Wade missed Miami's game against San Antonio on Wednesday night for personal reasons.
It's the first game Wade has missed this season, his 16th and final in the NBA. He's averaging 14.3 points on 45 percent shooting in nine games, all of them as a reserve.
Tony Parker’s double-double lifts Hornets past Heat 125-113
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Before the season, Tony Parker told his new Hornets teammates, "Don't mess with my playoff streak." He wasn't kidding.
"I was serious, because it means something," Parker said. "I feel like I'm a winner. I have won a lot in this league. And I think that is why they signed me."
Parker is doing his best to make sure the Hornets get to the postseason, which would allow the longtime San Antonio Spur to reach the playoffs for the 18th straight season.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo went up for a dunk a couple minutes into the game and showed his right ankle was just fine.
The way that the All-Star forward and the rest of the Milwaukee Bucks finished off the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday may prove to be just as important for a team heading out for an important West Coast road trip.
Mitchell, Jazz top Spurs for league-best 10th straight win
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Donovan Mitchell scored 25 points, including a go-ahead pull-up jumper with 39.2 seconds left, and the Utah Jazz extended their league-best winning streak to 10 games with a 101-99 win over the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night.
Aldridge scores 30 as Spurs escape Nuggets, 106-104
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge scored 30 points and the San Antonio Spurs escaped with a 106-104 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night.
The Spurs had four players in double figures, including 18 points each from Kyle Anderson and Pau Gasol.
Every Denver starter scored in double figures with Jamal Murray leading the way with 18 points and Gary Harris adding 17.
Gasol, Mills lead balanced Spurs attack over Grizzlies
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge took a night off to rest, and the San Antonio Spurs replaced his 22.5-point average with a balanced attack.
Pau Gasol ended an assist short of a triple-double, Patty Mills scored 15 points and San Antonio beat the Memphis Grizzlies 108-85 on Wednesday night, with eight Spurs finishing in double figures.
Oladipo, Pacers end Spurs’ home winning streak at 14
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Victor Oladipo scored 19 points and the Indiana Pacers defeated San Antonio 94-86 on Sunday night, snapping the Spurs' 14-game home winning streak.
Darren Collison added 15 points for Indiana, which snapped a three-game losing streak in San Antonio.
The Spurs lost at home for the third time this season and the first since Nov. 10 against Milwaukee.
Lowry big in 4th, scores 24 as Raptors beat Spurs 86-83
TORONTO (AP) — Kyle Lowry scored nine of his 24 points in the fourth quarter, DeMar DeRozan added 21 and the Toronto Raptors beat San Antonio 86-83 on Friday night to snap a four-game losing streak against the Spurs.
Jonas Valanciunas had 15 points and 11 rebounds as the Raptors improved to 17-3 at home, the second-best home record in the NBA behind San Antonio's mark of 19-2.
Leonard, Bertans lead Spurs to 112-80 win over Denver
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The Spurs have not had many opportunities to play with a full and healthy roster this season, so they took advantage of the luxury Saturday night.
Kawhi Leonard scored 19 points in his return from a three-game absence, Davis Bertans had 18 and San Antonio never trailed in a 112-80 victory over the Denver Nuggets.
San Antonio won its 14th straight at the AT&T Center, improving the league's best home record to 19-2.
Aldridge leads Spurs’ charge past Knicks, 119-107
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Two nights after playing with a full roster for the first time all season, San Antonio had to adjust yet again.
It's not what they want, but the Spurs are used to it.
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 25 points and the Spurs beat the New York Knicks 119-107 on Thursday night.
Pau Gasol added 17 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists as San Antonio's big men keyed the team's ball movement.
Spurs bounce back behind Aldridge, beat Kings 108-99
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — San Antonio point guard Tony Parker didn't hesitate when he sped around Sacramento center Kosta Koufos for an easy basket in the fourth quarter. Manu Ginobili did pretty much the same thing in the third with a pair of uncontested layups.
And then there was 37-year-old center Pau Gasol, who had his first triple-double in two years.
These Spurs may have a few more gray hairs than before, but they remain a force in the West.
SALT LAKE CITY — - The Spurs will be without guard Manu Ginobili when they face the Jazz on Thursday night, according to the team’s injury report.
The 40-year-old Ginobili has been given the night off since the game is the second of a back-to-back.
Guard Danny Green (tightness in his left groin) and center Pau Gasol (tightness, right groin) are questionable.
Aldridge, Gasol lead Spurs to 93-91 win over Trail Blazers
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Short-handed on bodies but not competitive spirit, the San Antonio Spurs found a way to grind out a win against a Trail Blazers team desperate to end its home losing streak.
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 22 points, and Pau Gasol had 20 points and a season-high 17 rebounds as the Spurs beat Portland 93-91 on Wednesday night.
Depleted Spurs beat Suns for 8th win in 9 games
PHOENIX (AP) — San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich says Bryn Forbes has "never seen a shot he didn't like."
There was one in particular that both of them must have loved Saturday night.
Forbes sank his only 3-pointer of the night with 21.5 seconds to play and the severely depleted Spurs held off a fourth-quarter Phoenix rally to beat the Suns 104-101.
Spurs (15-7) at Thunder (9-12)
When, where: 6 p.m. today, Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City
TV/radio: FSSW, NBATV; WOAI-AM 1200, KXTN-FM (Spanish) 107.5
Thunder: PF Carmelo Anthony (6-8, 15th year), SF Paul George (6-9, 8th), C Steven Adams (7-0, 5th), PG Russell Westbrook (6-3, 10th), SG Andre Roberson (6-7, 5th)
Spurs: SG Danny Green (6-6, 9th), C Pau Gasol (7-0, 17th), PF LaMarcus Aldridge (6-11, 12th), SG Kyle Anderson (6-9, 3rd), G Tony Parker (6-2, 17th)
Spurs beat Hornets behind 17 from Aldridge, Gasol
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Pau Gasol and LaMarcus Aldridge each had 17 points and seven rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs held the Charlotte Hornets to 37 percent shooting in a 106-86 victory on Saturday night.
Rudy Gay added 15 points for the Spurs, who snapped Charlotte's three-game home win streak.
The Hornets entered the game 7-2 at the Spectrum Center, but shot just 22 percent from the field in the first half, fell behind by 11 at halftime and could never make a serious run at the Spurs.
Gasol, Aldridge lead Spurs past cold-shooting Hornets 106-86
CJHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Gregg Popovich felt the San Antonio Spurs caught a scheduling break playing Charlotte on Saturday, one night after the Hornets played on the road at Cleveland.
It led to an easy night for the Spurs.
Pau Gasol and LaMarcus Aldridge each had 17 points and seven rebounds, and San Antonio held the Hornets to 37 percent shooting in a lopsided 106-86 victory.
Spurs overcome 23-point deficit to beat Thunder, 104-101
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The Thunder don't believe they blew another big lead, the Spurs simply took it away.
LaMarcus Aldridge had 26 points and San Antonio overcame a 23-point deficit to beat Oklahoma City 104-101 on Friday night.
"The team showed a lot of heart, lot of character by not giving up," Spurs center Pau Gasol said. "By not just saying we're down by 20 and it's one of those nights."
Tyus Jones gives Timberwolves off-the-bench chemistry
Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau is still figuring out the best way to mix his bench with his starters over the course of the game. One thing he’s looking for is the ability of a player coming off the bench to work well with the starters.
Gasol’s 21 leads short-handed Spurs by Bulls, 133-94
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The Spurs normally rely on their depth to get through the rigors of a lengthy regular season, but their leaning on their reserves earlier than usual after multiple injuries.
No more so than Saturday night, when San Antonio was without a third of its roster.
Pau Gasol had 21 points and 10 rebounds and the short-handed Spurs beat the Chicago Bulls 133-94, setting a season-high in points despite missing six players.
Aldridge leads Spurs’ barrage against Clippers, 120-107
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The Spurs savored their finest shooting performance of the season.
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 25 points, and San Antonio made a season-high 15 3-pointers to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 120-107 on Tuesday night.
The heavy metal legends of Judas Priest, led by leather-clad frontman Rob Halford, will have another thing coming for local fans when they make a stop at the Freeman Coliseum next year as part of their recently announced North American tour in support of the upcoming album “Firepower.”
In fact, the band, which has been dominating the metal genre for more than 40 years, will wrap up the 25-date tour in San Antonio on Tuesday, May 1.
Pau Gasol becomes career scoring leader in EuroBasket
CLUJ-NAPOCA, Romania (AP) — Pau Gasol has become the career scoring leader in the EuroBasket tournament.
The San Antonio Spurs center made a 3-pointer in the second quarter of Spain's victory over Hungary on Thursday to give him 1,105 points. He passed Spurs teammate Tony Parker, who scored 1,104 for France in the European championship tournament.
Pau Gasol signs 3-year deal with Spurs
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs have signed Pau Gasol to a three-year contract.
The Spurs announced the signing on Monday. Gasol opted out of the two-year deal he signed last summer to give the Spurs more salary cap flexibility to supplement the roster in free agency. But he always intended to re-sign with San Antonio, where he averaged 12.4 points and 7.8 rebounds in just over 25 minutes per game last season.
A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that Pau Gasol has agreed to terms on a three-year contract with the San Antonio Spurs.
The 7-foot Spaniard and the Spurs came to agreement on Friday on a deal that is partially guaranteed for the third season. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not made an official announcement.
Dwight Howard and Brook Lopez are on the move. Dwyane Wade is opting in. Pau Gasol is opting out. The Los Angeles Lakers provided the clearest indication yet that Lonzo Ball is their guy.
The NBA offseason is already in overdrive.
A dizzying series of moves came on Tuesday. Howard got traded by the Atlanta Hawks to the Charlotte Hornets, who acquired the eight-time All-Star center for a package that included Miles Plumlee and Marco Belinelli.
Pau Gasol has declined the option on his contract for next season with the San Antonio Spurs, but it's doubtful he's going anywhere.
Gasol declined the $16 million option on Tuesday with the intent of signing a longer-term deal with the Spurs so the franchise can gain some flexibility to hit the free agent market, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the Spurs did not officially announce the move.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — If all hope seems lost for the San Antonio Spurs heading into Game 2 of the Western Conference finals without injured stars Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker, they only need to look back a few days to see what's possible.
But even the Spurs know that beating Houston on the road in a series clincher without those two stars is a far different task than the one they face on Tuesday night against the Golden State Warriors with Leonard and Parker on the sideline.
The old guys are coming up big so far in these playoffs
George W. Bush was early in his first term as president. Seattle was years away from losing the SuperSonics. "Arrested Development" hadn't even started airing yet.
That's how long ago Utah's Joe Johnson and Houston's Nene made their NBA debuts.
Spurs center Dedmon out sick for Game 4 vs. Grizzlies
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs will be without starting center Dewayne Dedmon in Game 4 against the Memphis Grizzlies because of an illness.
The Spurs announced Dedmon would miss the game Saturday afternoon, more than two hours before tipoff.
Dedmon not only has started all three games of this first-round playoff series, he also started 37 of the 76 games he played. He averaged 1.3 points per game this postseason after averaging 5.1 points and 6.5 rebounds during the regular season.
Leonard’s 37 points lead Spurs by Grizzlies 96-82
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The Spurs responded to another late-game meltdown as they have all season: relying on a little 3-point shooting and a whole lot of Kawhi Leonard.
They also got an assist from the officials, according to Memphis coach David Fizdale.
Leonard had a postseason career-high 37 points and added 11 rebounds, and San Antonio beat the Memphis Grizzlies 96-82 on Monday night to take a 2-0 lead in their first-round series.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs have the league's second-best record and can decide if they want to prepare for the postseason by resting or not resting players.
They did a little of both against Utah.
Kawhi Leonard had 25 points and seven assists, and the Spurs held off the Jazz 109-103 on Sunday in a matchup of postseason-bound teams.
San Antonio (59-17) had six players sit for rest and injury.
When Pau Gasol was languishing in Memphis early in his career, when he was winning championships in Los Angeles and certainly when he was on a two-year layover in Chicago, there was always the feeling that he would be the perfect fit for the San Antonio Spurs.
The Spurs have long had a reputation for favoring versatile, playmaking international players, and Gasol's name belongs near the very top when discussing the most impactful Europeans to come to the NBA.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The Spurs were already frustrated by a pair of disappointing performances and that irritation only increased with a slow start against the Sacramento Kings.
Experience has a way of soothing frayed nerves.
Pau Gasol scored 22 points, LaMarcus Aldridge added 18 and San Antonio rolled to a 118-102 victory on Sunday night, snapping a two-game skid.
Mills leads Spurs past Warriors in game minus top stars
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Golden State understands it might have disappointed fans in attendance along with those watching the nationally televised game against San Antonio by resting its best players.
But the Warriors want to keep their players healthy — something the Spurs are now hoping for after a tumultuous 48 hours that led to the loss of Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs demonstrated they are perfectly capable of rallying in the final quarter to win without Kawhi Leonard. They trailed by 28 points in the first quarter.
Manu Ginobili had 19 points, David Lee added 18 points and 10 rebounds and the San Antonio Spurs rallied while Leonard rested to beat the Sacramento Kings 114-104 on Wednesday night.
San Antonio (50-13) won its ninth straight and extended its league record for 50-win seasons to 18 straight.
Leonard leads Spurs past Pelicans, 101-98 in OT
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Kawhi Leonard again had San Antonio teammates marveling at his uncanny ability to spur comebacks with clutch plays on both ends of the court.
Leonard scored 31 points, made one steal in the final minute of regulation and another in overtime, and San Antonio beat New Orleans 101-98 on Friday night.