The San Antonio Spurs have more injury concerns with a little more than a week remaining until the regular season.
Starting point guard Dejounte Murray’s knee buckled and he crashed to the court Sunday in a preseason loss to the Houston Rockets. He will undergo an MRI exam on Monday.
Murray was driving to the basket against Rockets guard James Harden on a fast break when his knee gave. The third-year player remained on the court for several minutes writhing in pain. Spurs officials brought out a wheelchair to take him off the court, but Murray refused, rising to his feet amid a raucous cheer from the San Antonio fans. Murray tested his knee in front of the Spurs’ bench before heading to the locker room with team officials.
It was the second injury in the last two games for the Spurs, who lost rookie Lonnie Walker IV to torn cartilage in his right knee and will miss at least six weeks.
Coach Gregg Popovich didn’t have an update on Murray, who took over the starting point guard job from Tony Parker last season.
On the other side, the Rockets are getting healthier. P.J. Tucker started at forward after missing the first two games with a sore back and had 19 points and seven rebounds. That moved Carmelo Anthony to a reserve role, and he responded with 12 points and six boards.
ROCKETS 108, SPURS 93
Harden scored 21 points to lead seven Rockets in double figures. He also had nine assists, as did Chris Paul.
DeMar DeRozan scored 22 points for the Spurs.
THUNDER 113, HAWKS 94
Dennis Schroder had 20 points, seven rebounds and six assists against his former team in Tulsa to spoil Atlanta rookie Trae Young’s return to Oklahoma.
Paul George scored 16 of his 22 points in the third quarter for Oklahoma City.
Schroder was the Hawks’ starting point guard last season before going to Oklahoma City in the three-way trade headlined by Carmelo Anthony. Starting in place of Russell Westbrook on Sunday, he was 9 for 14 from the field. The Thunder outscored the Hawks by 30 points while he was in the game.
Young, the University of Oklahoma star, was 5-of-13 shooting for 16 points.
BUCKS 125, TIMBERWOLVES 107
Giannis Antetokounmpo had 15 of his 21 points in the second half and finished with nine rebounds to help the Bucks beat the Timberwolves at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa.
Milwaukee built a 10-point lead at the end of the first quarter and led by at least five the rest of the way.
Karl-Anthony Towns had 33 points and 12 rebounds in the first three quarters for Minnesota before sitting out the fourth.
JAZZ 123, TRAIL BLAZERS 112
Donovan Mitchell scored 21 and Utah rallied with 19 straight points to take the lead late in the fourth quarter.
Damian Lillard scored 23 and CJ McCollum added 21 for Portland. Jusuf Nurkic had a double-double in the first half and finished with 20 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks.