Wednesday night's NBA roundup
Feb. 26, 2014 at 10:03 p.m.
Updated Feb. 25, 2014 at 8:26 p.m.
SAN ANTONIO - Marco Belinelli had 20 points to lead eight San Antonio players in double figures, and the Spurs worked through a lethargic start to beat the Detroit Pistons 120-110 on Wednesday night.
Kawhi Leonard had 15 points in his return from a 14-game absence due to a broken finger. Manu Ginobili scored 16 points, Tim Duncan and Tiago Splitter had 13 apiece, Boris Diaw added 12, Patty Mills 11 and Cory Joseph 10.
Josh Smith scored 24 points for Detroit, which has lost three straight. Will Bynum added 18 points, Rodney Stuckey 17 and Andre Drummond had 16 points and 17 rebounds.
San Antonio (41-16) got off to a sloppy start despite having two practices during a five-day break following its annual Rodeo Road Trip that lasted nearly a month.
The Spurs had 11 turnovers in the opening half, leading to 13 points and some pointed coaching by Gregg Popovich.
"What the heck are you guys doing?" Popovich screamed during a timeout following consecutive turnovers.
In the second half, San Antonio returned to the crisp ball movement that became a staple of its early victories. The Spurs had 10 assists in the third quarter while shooting 12 for 19 from the field.
Leonard had the initial assist of the quarter, leaping over a fallen defender to throw a bounce pass that Duncan gathered for a running slam ahead of Smith.
San Antonio went on a 17-6 run beginning midway through the third to take an 85-75 lead with 2 minutes left in the quarter.
Belinelli had seven points in the run and Ginobili added five points and assisted on two of Belinelli's baskets.
Belinelli returned the favor later, drawing Kyle Singler away defensively on a fast break and dishing to Ginobili for an open layup that gave San Antonio a 111-99 lead with 3:36 remaining in the game.
Leonard missed his first two tries from the field, coming up a foot short on a 16-foot attempt from the right corner on the game's opening shot.
He was credited with a follow of a missed free throw that Drummond appeared to tip in.
Leonard followed with a 3-pointer and threw down a right-handed dunk on Smith off an alley-oop pass from Joseph.
Mavericks 108, Pelicans 89
DALLAS - Dirk Nowitzki shook off an early shoulder issue to finish with 18 points, New Orleans All-Star Anthony Davis was knocked out of the game with a similar problem and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Pelicans 108-89 Wednesday night.
Nowitzki went to the locker room 31 seconds into the game holding his left shoulder but emerged a short time later and returned to the game.
Compiled from Advocate