Derrick White had 26 points, Jakob Poeltl added 17 points and 11 rebounds and the San Antonio Spurs defeat the Detroit Pistons 106-91 on Thursday night to snap a five-game home losing streak.
Lonnie Walker added 18 points and Rudy Gay had 14 for San Antonio.
Josh Jackson had 29 points to lead Detroit. At 18-42, the Pistons have the worst record in the Eastern Conference.
The Spurs have won three of four to move into ninth in the Western Conference ahead of the Golden State Warriors. They would face each other in the play-in tournament if the standings stay the same.
San Antonio swept the two-game series with Detroit, winning both by double digits.
The Pistons and Spurs were both short-handed Friday with less than a month left in the regular season.
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Detroit was without Wayne Ellington, Jerami Grant, Cory Joseph, Rodney McGruder, Mason Plumlee, Dennis Smith Jr. and Hamidou Diallo. Ellington and Plumlee sat out for rest and injuries sidelined the rest.
San Antonio was without DeMar DeRozan, Dejounte Murray and Patty Mills, who were all late scratches to its lineup. Murray and Mills sat out for rest on the second night of a back-to-back and DeRozan missed the game with a bruised right quadricep.
The Spurs dug deep into their bench and received a crisp and balanced effort with seven players scoring at least five points.
After shooting 40% from the field and 29% on 3-pointers in a 20-point loss to Miami on Wednesday, San Antonio shot 46% from both versus Detroit.
The Spurs’ backups scored 33 points and committed just three turnovers.
Detroit took its biggest lead of the first half at 31-26 on Frank Jackson’s short jumper with 10:18 remaining. San Antonio then went on a 16-2 run over the next five minutes to take a lead they never relinquished.
Frank Jackson ended with 14 points and Killian Hayes had 10 points and five assists.
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