SAN ANTONIO — — Torre Jones scored 25 points as the San Antonio Spurs overcame injuries to their two leading scorers to snap a three-game skid Friday night as they beat the Detroit Pistons 121-109 .
Spurs forward Keldon Johnson did not return after suffering a left hamstring injury with four minutes remaining in the first half. Devin Vassell was out of action with a knee injury.
Despite these absences, the Spurs were able to extend their lead to double digits in the third quarter.
Romeo Langford scored 15 points, Malachi Brannan scored 14 points and Jakob Poeltl scored 11 points and 15 rebounds to give San Antonio its first victory since December 29.
With a 122-119 win over defending NBA champions Golden State Wednesday night, Detroit trailed through the final three quarters in a battle between two league-worst records.
Bojan Bogdanovic scored 21 points and Jaden Ivey scored 20.
Jones set an early tone with 12 points in the first half, all in the paint, shooting 6-for-9 from the field. Jones added his 3 assists to San Antonio as a team he recorded 27 assists.
Pistons: Sadiq Bey stayed on court with his jersey over his face as the Spurs played with nine minutes remaining in the game after taking a hard screen. After San Antonio failed to score, Bay got up and ran up the court. he remained in the game. … Detroit is 6-18 this season. The Pistons went 10-31 from home last season. … Bogdanovic outpaced Baron his Davis by three career seconds with his 3-pointer making him 2-for-7. Bogdanovic is 57th in league history with 1,333, and Davis is 58th with 1,332.
Spurs: Johnson entered the game averaging a team-best 21.6 points, followed by Vassell with 19.4. Tre Jones is third with his 12.8 points. … F Isaiah Robbie started the second half in place of Johnson. Robbie averaged eight minutes in 11 of his 14 games for the Spurs in December. …Jones hit his 500th career assist in his third season, becoming the first starter to do so. Tony Parker, Alvin Robertson, Johnny Moore, Johnny Dawkins and Willie Anderson are the only players in franchise history to reach 500 assists early. …Jeremy Sawchan has his double figures in scoring in 17 games this season. This is the most by a Spurs rookie since Kawhi Leonard’s 25 points in 2011-12.
Pistons: Host Philadelphia on Sunday.
Spurs: Host Boston on Saturday.
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