SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Marco Belinelli scored 18 points and the San Antonio Spurs never trailed after their opening possession, extending their winning streak to 17 games with a 96-80 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday night.
Kawhi Leonard and Manu Ginobili scored 15 points each, Patty Mills added 13 and Tim Duncan had 12 points and eight rebounds.
San Antonio (57-16) extended its lead to 3½ games over Oklahoma City (53-19) for the league's best record.
Reserve guard Brian Roberts had 18 points to lead New Orleans (32-41), which had its five-game winning streak snapped. Austin Rivers added 16 points, Tyreke Evans had 11 points and Al-Farouq Aminu had eight points and 10 rebounds.
New Orleans was without Anthony Davis, its leading scorer and rebounder. Davis is day to day after injuring his left ankle 4 minutes into the Pelicans' victory over Utah on Friday night.