Spurs add to Warriors' woes as LeBron drops 51 points on old team in Lakers win

Sports | 20 Nov 2018

The Golden State Warriors' malaise deepened with a third straight defeat, with the two-time NBA defending champions falling 104-92 to the San Antonio Spurs.

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 24 points and grabbed 18 rebounds for the Spurs, keeping the Warriors winless in a three-game swing through Texas. It's just the third time since coach Steve Kerr took the helm at Golden State in 2014 that the Warriors have lost three games on the trot.

They were held to a season-low in points in a 107-86 loss to Houston last week - after which Kerr admitted the team was both physically and "spiritually" banged-up, a reference to superstar Stephen Curry's groin injury and the spat between Draymond Green and Kevin Durant that saw Green suspended for one game.

A day after losing to the Dallas Mavericks, the Warriors still couldn't find their rhythm, losing for the fifth time in seven games.

"We've got to get back to our team identity," Kerr said, saying they couldn't give in to frustration despite the injury absences of Curry and Green. "Everyone has to come together. You can't feel sorry for yourselves. You have to commit to fighting, and executing, competing for 48 minutes."

Durant led the Warriors with 26 points, but made just eight of 25 shots - and only one of eight from three-point range.

Elsewhere, in his first visit to his former team since joining the Los Angeles Lakers, LeBron James dropped 51 points on the Miami Heat in a 113-97 win.

James, who led the Heat to four Finals appearances and two titles, made 19 of 31 shots from the floor, including six of eight from three-point range.

The Lakers' next game is on Thursday (HK time) in Cleveland. who James had left for Los Angeles during the off-season.

Red-hot shooting lifted the Orlando Magic to a 131-117 victory over the New York Knicks.

The Magic made their first 10 shots from the field and Aaron Gordon had 20 points in the first quarter on the way to 31 as Orlando led throughout.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

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