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Austin Spurs pull away from 87ers in San Antonio


The Austin Spurs defeated the Delaware 87ers 102-93 as they hosted an NBA D-League contest at the AT&T Center in San Antonio Thursday night.

Orlando Johnson score 23 while Charles Garcia added 22 to lead the Spurs’ offensive attack. Johnson added five rebounds and five assists in the effort. Garcia was one rebound short of a double-double.

Livio Jean-Charles notched a double-double for Austin, his third this year, scoring 16 points to go with a game-high 17 rebounds. Jean-Charles also put in a spectacular defensive effort as he recorded seven blocks, the most by any Spur this season.

Austin (19-21) dominated the glass as they outrebounded the 87ers 54-39.

The 87ers (22-19) were led by Aaron Harrison who scored 23 points while two of his teammates recorded double-doubles. Roscoe Smith had 15 points and 10 rebounds while Carlos Lopez scored 19 and pulled down 11 boards.

Austin led by just two after the first quarter but pulled into a comfortable 20-point lead by halftime. A 16-3 run to start the second quarter helped the Spurs outscore Delaware 33-15 in the period.

Delaware tried to comeback in the final period, sparked by a 12-0 run, but it wasn’t enough.

The Spurs next hit the road to take on the Canton Charge on Saturday at noon.



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