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NBA Roundup: Forbes, Spurs Eclipse Phoenix

  • Phoenix Suns forward Richaun Holmes (21) drives to the basket against San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)



Wednesday, December 12, 2018

San Antonio — Bryn Forbes had a season-high 24 points and a career-best 11 rebounds as the San Antonio Spurs beat the Phoenix Suns, 111-86, on Tuesday night.

San Antonio has won three straight halfway through a six-game homestand. The Spurs, who are allowing 113.3 points per game, have limited their opponents to 101 points during their winning streak.

LaMarcus Aldridge added 18 points in 25 minutes. He sat out the fourth quarter with San Antonio leading by as many as 25 points.

Phoenix, which was without leading scorer Devin Booker for the fifth straight game, never led while falling to 4-24.

T.J. Warren led the Suns with 23 points and De’Anthony Melton added 17. Rookie DeAndre Ayton was the only other Phoenix player in double figures, scoring 12 points on 6-for-10 shooting.

DeMar DeRozan was held to a season-low five points, but the 6-foot-7 guard attempted just six shots as he set up his teammates.

Rockets 111, Trail Blazers 104

Houston — James Harden had 29 points and seven Rockets scored in double-figures as Houston used a big second-half run and snapped a three-game losing streak.

Clint Capela added 13 points and seven rebounds before fouling out with five minutes left, and Eric Gordon, who started in place of James Ennis, had 14 points for the Rockets, who shot 49 percent from the field.

Cavs Could Lose Thompson for Month

Cleveland — Tristan Thompson’s strong season has stalled.

Cleveland’s starting center could miss a month after spraining his left foot in Monday night’s 108-92 loss at Milwaukee. Thompson has been playing at an All-Star level and has been one of the few bright spots for the struggling Cavaliers, who are 6-21 and already missing star forward Kevin Love.

Thompson got hurt in the third quarter when he twisted his foot while landing on the foot of Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon. Thompson tried to stay in the game before signaling to Cleveland’s bench that he needed to come out. He did not return.

Afterward, Thompson didn’t think his injury was too serious.

“I just fell forward on it, it’ll be all right,” he said. “It happens when you’re rebounding and the little guys are down there. It’s part of the game. I’m just glad I was able to walk off on my own two feet.”

Thompson underwent further tests on Tuesday, which confirmed the sprain. The Cavaliers said he will be out a minimum of two weeks, and his status will updated “as appropriate.”

The eight-year pro is having one of his best seasons, averaging 12 points and a career-high 11.6 rebounds in 27 games. Thompson has also embraced a leadership role with the young Cavs, who have experienced a coaching change and dealt with numerous injuries, the biggest to Love, who may not be back until mid-January after undergoing toe surgery.

Thompson’s injury will force coach Larry Drew to make yet another lineup change. He’s likely to start Larry Nance Jr. at center.

The Cavaliers host the New York Knicks on Wednesday.

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