SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Kawhi Leonard scored 25 points and the San Antonio Spurs dismantled the ailing Cleveland Cavaliers 103-74 last night in a showdown that turned into a major letdown for the defending NBA champions. LaMarcus Aldridge and Pau Gasol added 14 points apiece for the Spurs, who won their fifth straight.
DALLAS (AP) - Russell Westbrook hit a pull-up jumper with seven seconds left and the Oklahoma City Thunder erased a 13-point deficit in the final four minutes to beat the Dallas Mavericks 92-91 last night. Westbrook scored 37 points, including 16 in the fourth quarter, with 13 rebounds and 10 assists for his third straight triple-double and 37th of the season.
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) - The Texas Rangers have released veteran first baseman James Loney from his minor league contract. A week before the season opener, the Rangers also optioned knuckleballer Eddie Gamboa to Triple-A Round Rock yesterday and reassigned outfielder Jared Hoying to minor league camp.
HUMBLE, Texas (AP) - Dustin Johnson has withdrawn from the Shell Houston Open to rest from his five-day victory in Match Play. Johnson won his third straight tournament Sunday when he won two matches that went the distance, a 1-up victory over Hideto Tanihara in the semifinals and a 1-up victory over Jon Rahm in a championship match.
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