Undermanned Spurs are still a load for woeful 76ers
PHILADELPHIA – With new front office executive Jerry Colangelo sitting courtside, the Philadelphia 76ers showed him just how far away they are from becoming competitive.
Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Kawhi Leonard all sat out and the San Antonio Spurs still rolled past the Sixers, 119-68 on Monday night.
LaMarcus Aldridge led the Spurs with 26 points and nine rebounds. Coach Gregg Popovich rested Duncan and Ginoboli; Leonard was ill.
Robert Covington, Nik Stauskas and Nerlens Noel each scored 13 points for Philadelphia.
The Sixers fell to 1-21 hours after Colangelo was named Philadelphia's chairman of basketball operations. Colangelo, the chairman of USA Basketball, also would serve as an adviser to team ownership.
•SEE YA, KOBE: In what was likely his last NBA game in Canada, Kobe Bryant scored 21 points, but the Toronto Raptors ended a three-game losing streak with a 102-93 victory that gave them their first season sweep of the Lakers.
• COMEBACK IN CHICAGO: Mirza Teletovic's follow shot with 0.3 seconds left capped the Phoenix Suns' fourth-quarter rally from 16 points down in a 103-101 victory over the Chicago Bulls. Phoenix's Brandon Knight had 17 of his 21 points in the fourth, during which the Suns outscored the Bulls 42-24.
•HORNETS COOL OFF PISTONS: Cody Zeller had 20 points, and the host Charlotte Hornets stopped the Pistons' four-game winning streak with a 104-84 victory.
•HARDLY LIMPING: John Wall scored 26 points one night after leaving a game with a sore knee, leading the Washington Wizards past the Miami Heat 114-103.
•NOTES: LeBron James signed a lifetime endorsement deal with Nike, extending a partnership James began with Nike before he graduated from high school.