SAN ANTONIO (AP) – LaMarcus Aldridge had 25 points and 14 rebounds, but the San Antonio Spurs withstood the bat's new intrusion – with a captivating game from the coyote's mascot – and held on to the rookie. away the Pelicans from New Orleans 113-108 on Saturday night.
The Spurs dominated all games, except the opening basket, by successfully sweeping a four-game family circuit, but that was not dramatic.
The bat began to hover over the field after three minutes of play, causing the game to be delayed by officials. It was the second consecutive home game delayed by winged intruders, three bats buzzed the court Thursday night against Phoenix. The arena workers managed to stall the bats against the Suns, but the Spurs were better prepared against the Pelicans.
An arena official walked the field with a net, but missed the bat on his first attempt. Almost at the right moment, the mascot charged the court dressed in a Batman suit with a net. He missed his first strike, then dipped close to the scorer's table and grabbed the baton to his cheer as Spurs players and fans cheered. The worker placed the stick in a towel and took it out of the playing field. The game resumed after a delay of only a minute and a half.
Rudy Gay and Marco Belinelli added 17 points each to San Antonio.
Anthony Davis was one of five injured players in New Orleans. Davis, who is ranked with a sprain at the left index, has not played since he's informed the pelicans that he wanted to be exchanged for the franchise that had him. ranked first in Kentucky in 2012
Frank Jackson scored a career-high 25 points to lead New Orleans.
The Spurs emptied their bench while maintaining a lead of 106-84, but were forced to reverse the situation after the Pelicans started a 24-5 run. Jackson's lay-up was taken back by New Orleans 111-108 with 8 seconds to go. After San Antonio's guard, DeMar DeRozan, missed a float, Tim Frazier of New Orleans overturned and turned around Rudy Gay, but his 3-pointer circled the edge and fell with 4.4 seconds. DeRozan closed the game with a pair of free throws.
DeRozan finished with 13 points, six rebounds and five assists.
Pelicans: Davis missed his seventh consecutive game. New Orleans is 2-4 in these games. … The Pelicans were also deprived of Nikola Mirotic, Etwaun Moore, Elfrid Payton and Julius Randle.
Spurs: Aldridge has 18,013 points, becoming the only player in the league with 18,000 points and 7,500 rebounds since 2006, the year of his repechage. … Pau Gasol has 20,882 points, overtaking Bob Pettit for 37th place in the history of the NBA. … Dante Cunningham missed the match with a painful right ankle.
Pelicans: Welcome Indiana Monday night.
Spurs: in Sacramento on Monday night.