SAN ANTONIO (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge scored 24 points, DeMar DeRozan had 17 points and 13 points, and the San Antonio Spurs returned home after a 25-day absence to beat the Detroit Pistons 105-93 on Wednesday night and snap a three-game skid.
Detroit had won three straight and seven of eight but was facing a San Antonio team in desperate 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.
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.
Belinelli’s off-balance shots helped steady the Spurs. The 12-year veteran was 3 for 4 on 3-pointers, giving San Antonio the lead on his first two shots and his final 3 extending the advantage to 75-64 late in the third quarter. His off-balance 16-footer gave the Spurs a 97-88 advantage with 3:39 remaining.
Belinelli’s jumper was part of a 9-0 run after Detroit point guard Ish Smith’s layup had cut it to 90-88 with 5 minutes remaining.
Jakob Poeltl added 11 points and 14 rebounds for the Spurs and also had a key block against Drummond with 2:21 remaining and the Spurs up 99-91.
Pistons: Detroit has lost four straight in San Antonio with its previous win coming Jan. 6, 2015. . Spurs fans are still upset with Zaza Pachulia, who injured Kawhi Leonard in Game 1 of the 2017 Western Conference finals while with Golden State by stepping under the All-Star forward on a 3-pointer. Pachulia was loudly booed when he was introduced and touched the ball. … Wayne Ellington had 11 points, leaving him one shy of 5,000.
Spurs: Bryn Forbes exited the game with a bruised right calf with 5:34 remaining in the first quarter. Forbes needed assistance walking to the locker room after he and Griffin got tangled up after diving onto the floor to corral a loose ball. . Forbes made a pair of 3-pointers before exiting, giving him 237 to surpass Manu Ginobili (236) for third among Spurs’ players in their first three seasons. Gary Neal tops the list with 301 3-pointers in his first three seasons, followed by Davis Bertans at 276.
Pistons: At Cleveland on Saturday night.
Spurs: Host Oklahoma City on Saturday night.