San Antonio Spurs snap losing skid at Detroit Pistons’ expense
By RAUL DOMINGUEZ
SAN ANTONIO — Home never felt so good for the San Antonio Spurs.
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 24 points, DeMar DeRozan had 17 points and 13 points, and the Spurs returned home after a 25-day absence to beat the Detroit Pistons 105-93 on Wednesday night and snap a three-game skid.
“They played desperate and I don’t think we did the entire game,” Detroit coach Dwane Casey said. “We played in spurts, but we didn’t play desperate as long and as much as they did.”
The Pistons had won three straight and seven of eight but were facing a team in dire need of a homecoming.
The Spurs returned to the AT&T Center for the first time since Feb. 2 after going 1-7 on their rodeo road trip, the worst they have fared on their annual excursion.
San Antonio fell to eighth in the Western Conference during that stretch with 20 games remaining prior to Wednesday’s outing.
“We haven’t done well on the road, so we have to take care of home court at the least,” Aldridge said. “Tonight was a good start.”
Marco Belinelli had 17 points off the bench and Derrick White had 15 points, six rebounds and four assists.
San Antonio shot 52 percent from the field and held an opponent under 100 points for the first time since Jan. 9.
The Pistons were limited to seven free throws and shot 36 percent from the field.
Reggie Jackson scored 22 points for Detroit, which had not lost since Feb. 13 at Boston. Blake Griffin added 17 points and Andre Drummond had 10 points and 17 rebounds.
The Spurs opened the game 5 for 7 on 3-pointers in building a 12-point lead, but the inconsistency that plagued them on their trip made the return flight. The Pistons went on a 17-4 run to take a 48-47 lead. San Antonio missed two shots and committed five turnovers during the drought.