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Leonard leads Spurs over Clippers

San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard scores 2 of his team-high 20 points. (Associated Press)
San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard scores 2 of his team-high 20 points. (Associated Press)
From staff and wire reports

NBA: Kawhi Leonard had 20 points and the San Antonio Spurs wore down the short-handed Los Angeles Clippers 108-87 on Tuesday night in San Antonio to match the second-longest home winning streak to open a season in NBA history.

San Antonio won its 33rd straight home game this season, tying Orlando’s start to the 1995-1996 season.

LaMarcus Aldridge added 17 points and reserve guards Patty Mills and Manu Ginobili added 15 points and 13 points, respectively, for the Spurs (57-10).

Los Angeles (42-24), still playing without Blake Griffin, lost its second straight.

The Clippers’ reserves, who were without injured Paul Pierce, were outscored 51-20 by the Spurs’ bench.

Pacers beat Celtics: Paul George had 25 points and the Indiana Pacers finished with a strong fourth quarter to beat the Boston Celtics 103-98 in Indianapolis.

Monta Ellis added 16 points with six assists, and Jordan Hill scored 15 for Indiana.

Isaiah Thomas had 21 points, eight assists and six rebounds for Boston.

Raptors blow by Bucks: Kyle Lowry scored 25 points and Toronto, despite resting leading scorer DeMar DeRozan, had no trouble with Milwaukee, winning 107-89 in Milwaukee.

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 18 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists in 35 minutes for the Bucks, just missing a triple-double.

Magic edge Nuggets: Evan Fournier scored 30 points and Jason Smith had 25 points and 13 rebounds off the bench to help Orlando beat Denver 116-110 in Orlando.

Victor Oladipo scored 23 for the Magic, who led by 18 in the third quarter before fending off Denver’s second-half rally. Brandon Jennings added 12 points and 11 assists in his first start for Orlando.

Nets bounce 76ers: Bojan Bogdanovic scored a career-best 44 points and Brooklyn set a season high for points against Philadelphia, winning 131-114 in New York.

Sean Kilpatrick had 19 points, Brook Lopez added 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Thaddeus Young finished with 14 points and 16 rebounds for the Nets.

Isaiah Canaan led the 76ers with 20 points. Nerlens Noel, Ish Smith and Nik Stauskas each had 18.

Kings route slumping Blackhawks 5-0

NHL: Kris Versteeg and Milan Lucic scored 18 seconds apart in the first period, and the Los Angeles Kings routed the slumping Chicago Blackhawks 5-0 in Chicago.

Vincent Lecavalier, Dustin Brown and Tyler Toffoli also scored as Los Angeles improved to 8-2-1 in its last 11 games. Jonathan Quick made 32 saves in his 41st career shutout, helping the Pacific Division leaders kill off each of Chicago’s six power-play opportunities.

Islanders win with 3-goal period: Cal Clutterbuck scored the tiebreaking goal with 1:39 remaining to cap New York’s three-goal third period, lifting the Islanders past Florida 3-2 in New York.

Kyle Okposo and Josh Bailey scored earlier in the third as the Islanders scored all their goals in a 5 1/2-minute stretch after trailing 2-0 heading to the final period. Thomas Greiss finished with 23 saves as the Islanders snapped a two-game skid and pulled one point behind the crosstown-rival Rangers for second place in the Metropolitan Division.

Frolik scores 3 goals in Calgary win: Michael Frolik scored three times, included two short-handed goals, as Calgary beat St. Louis 7-4 in Calgary.

Sean Monahan had two goals and Joe Colborne and Mark Giordano also scored for Calgary. Dougie Hamilton and Johnny Gaudreau each had three assists.

Silfverberg scores first NHL hat trick: Jakob Silfverberg scored three goals for his first NHL hat trick, leading Anaheim to a rout of New Jersey 7-1 in Anaheim.

Corey Perry scored his team-high 29th goal, Nick Ritchie had his first in 25 NHL games and Ryan Kesler got the go-ahead goal early in the second period. Andrew Cogliano added a goal and two assists, helping Anaheim beat the Devils for the fifth straight time.

Winnipeg beats Vancouver: Marko Dano had two goals and an assist as Winnipeg beat Vancouver 5-2 in Vancouver.

Tyler Myers and Alexander Burmistrov each added a goal and an assist for the Jets, and Mark Scheifele also scored to extend his points streak to eight games. Mathieu Perreault had two assists and Michael Hutchinson finished with 26 saves.

Jared McCann and Jake Virtanen scored for Vancouver, and Jacob Markstrom stopped 24 shots.

Neal scores sixth career hat trick: James Neal had his sixth career hat trick, to lead Nashville to a 3-2 victory in Edmonton.

The Predators have earned at least a point in 15 of their last 16 games. They swept the three-game season series from Edmonton.

Jordan Eberle and Iiro Pakarinen scored for the Oilers.

Goaltender’s equipment under scrutiny: Goaltending equipment was the hot topic on the second day of the NHL general managers meetings in Boca Raton, Florida, with the focus on making it smaller to increase scoring.

The league has tried for a decade to manage equipment, adjusting it proportionally to each goalie’s size. Kay Whitmore, the league’s goalie expert, and executive vice president of hockey operations Colin Campbell said they want to clear up the gray area.

Graduation rates lower for athletes

Miscallany: Young black men playing basketball and football for the country’s top college teams are graduating at lower rates than black male students at the same schools – despite having financial and academic support that removes common hurdles preventing many undergrads from earning a degree, a new report has found.

While 58 percent of black male undergraduates at the 65 schools in the Power 5 conferences got degrees within six years, 54 percent of black male student-athletes at the same schools graduated, according to an analysis of the 2014-2015 academic year by the University of Pennsylvania.

Djokovic dominates at Paribas Open: Defending champion Novak Djokovic continued his dominance of Philipp Kohlschreiber, winning 7-5, 7-5 in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.

Rafael Nadal survived a wild tiebreaker to beat Fernando Verdasco 6-0, 7-6 (9), while two-time champion Serena Williams fired seven aces in a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Kateryna Bondarenko in the fourth round.

Djokovic, seeking his fifth title in the desert, beat Kohlschreiber for the eighth time in nine career matches against the German.

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