NEW ORLEANS — LaMarcus Aldridge played with a sore left wrist to finish with 28 points and 12 rebounds, leading the San Antonio Spurs to a 126-114 victory over the depleted New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday.
Rudy Gay had 22 points, including 11 in the third quarter, and 11 rebounds to help San Antonio snap a two-game skid.
Aldridge had 12 points during a decisive spurt in the third quarter as the Spurs used a 25-12 run to extend a three-point halftime lead to 85-69. The Spurs shot 55 percent from the field in the period and outscored the Pelicans 36-28.
New Orleans played without four key injured contributors — Anthony Davis, Julius Randle, Nikola Mirotic and E'Twaun Moore — but the Spurs also had to overcome the absence of leading scorer DeMar DeRozan.
Jrue Holiday had a game-high 29 points to lead the Pelicans, and Jahlil Okafor added 24 points and 15 rebounds.
The short-handed Pelicans, who lost their third straight game, battled hard. Okafor went up against Aldridge, scoring 15 points on 7-of-9 shooting and grabbing nine rebounds in the first half.
Aldridge led the Spurs with 16 first-half points on 7-of-13 shooting as San Antonio took a 60-57 lead at the half.