SAN ANTONIO -- The fact that San Antonio weathered a spate of injuries and a road trip that lasted nearly a month did not surprise Detroit coach John Loyer. But the efficiency the Spurs showed in their return home and return to health left him and the Pistons a bit awe-struck. Marco Belinelli had 20 points to lead eight San Antonio players in double figures, and the Spurs worked through a lethargic start to beat the Pistons 120-110 on Wednesday night. Playing without injured All-Star point guard Tony Parker, San Antonio matched its season high with 34 assists while going 44 for 82 from the field (54 per cent). "Against the Spurs, you do not guard against two or three players; you guard a system of players," Loyer said. "They just plug guys in and find a way. Their ability to shoot the basketball separates them from being a very good team to close to a great team." Kawhi Leonard had 15 points for San Antonio in his return from a 14-game absence due to a broken finger. Manu Ginobili scored 16 points, Tim Duncan and Tiago Splitter had 13 apiece, Boris Diaw added 12, Patty Mills 11 and Cory Joseph 10. Ginobili had a team-high nine assists, Splitter added six and Leonard, Diaw and Belinelli had four each as the Spurs tied the season mark they set Jan. 4 against the Los Angeles Clippers. "You get 34 assists, thats really incredible," San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. "So the ball movement was fantastic, the pace, we rebounded a little better. It was a good win for them, being on the road so long. Coming home, they were a little anxious, playing a little fast in the first half. They calmed down and started playing solid basketball." Josh Smith scored 24 points for Detroit, which has lost three straight. Will Bynum added 18 points, Rodney Stuckey 17 and Andre Drummond had 16 points and 17 rebounds. The Spurs got off to a sloppy start despite having two practices during a five-day break following their annual Rodeo Road Trip that lasted nearly a month. "Its a big problem with us and we know it," Duncan said. "I think were trying to play very fast -- a little faster than were used to playing. Guys are trying to be really unselfish and force things some times. Weve got to take care of that at some point. Its a work in progress. Thats what we use the entire season for." The Spurs had 11 turnovers in the opening half, leading to 13 points and some pointed coaching by Popovich. "What the heck are you guys doing?" he screamed during a timeout following consecutive turnovers. In the second half, San Antonio returned to the crisp ball movement that became a staple of its early victories. The Spurs had 10 assists in the third quarter while shooting 12 for 19 from the field. Leonard had the initial assist of the quarter, leaping over a fallen defender to throw a bounce pass that Duncan gathered for a running slam ahead of Smith. "He made a huge difference for us on both ends," Duncan said. "Just having his length in there, especially in situations where theyre very good on the offensive glass. ... It was just great all around to have him back." San Antonio went on a 17-6 run beginning midway through the third to take an 85-75 lead with 2 minutes left in the quarter. Belinelli had seven points in the run and Ginobili added five points and assisted on two of Belinellis baskets. Belinelli returned the favour later, drawing Kyle Singler away defensively on a fast break and dishing to Ginobili for an open layup that gave San Antonio a 111-99 lead with 3:36 remaining in the game. "They are one of the best executing teams in the league," Loyer said. "They are a good team coached by a great coach. There comes a point in the game where you tell yourself you are in the game, down three or four, and then it turns into an 11-point game before you know it." Leonard missed his first two tries from the field in his first game since Jan. 22, coming up a foot short on a 16-foot attempt from the right corner on the games opening shot. He was credited with a follow of a missed free throw that Drummond appeared to tip in. "You got 20,000 fans watching you -- yeah, it took me a while," Leonard said. "Just (trying) to not think about my hand. Just go out there and play." Leonard followed with a 3-pointer and threw down a right-handed dunk on Smith off an alley-oop pass from Joseph. Leonard grabbed the brace on his right hand after the dunk, but quickly rose to race back on defence. "I thought he was great," Popovich said. "Thats a long time to not be on the court. His rhythm was pretty good. He played decent defence, took a few shots and made a couple. He did well. He did better than I would have thought, really, after all that time." Smith scored eight of Detroits final 10 points in the first quarter and had 20 in the first half. "We put up a good fight, but in order to beat an elite team like San Antonio, especially on the road, you have to be able to kind of play perfect basketball," he said. NOTES: Popovich had lunch with former President Bill Clinton, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro and former mayor Henry Cisneros. Clinton was in town to celebrate Cisneros being honoured with the International Citizen Award from the World Affairs Council of San Antonio. ... Ginobilis left foot burst through the bottom of his sneaker as he planted while guarding Stuckey, leaving the shoe dangling from his ankle as if it had been unzipped. Popovich had the Spurs call a timeout to check on Ginobili, who shrugged when asked what happened. A ball boy quickly raced to the locker room to get a replacement in time for Ginobili to return to the court. 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The Philadelphia goaltender posted 41 saves as he backstopped the Flyers to a comeback 4-3 shootout win over the Vancouver Canucks.BEREA, Ohio -- Trent Richardson may miss his first game for the Cleveland Browns. The highly regarded rookie was not in pads, his left leg was wrapped, and he did not participate in practice at all on Tuesday. "Theres a chance he wont play on Friday," coach Pat Shurmur said. "Hes got a sore knee and is being evaluated." It could be the result of going full-bore the past two weeks on a knee that was surgically repaired this spring. Thats one of the reasons Richardson did not fully participate in the NFL combine in April. "It was a little scope," Richardson said at the time of what was termed minor surgery. "I dont even call it a setback." It didnt keep Cleveland (No. 30 in the AP Pro32) from trading up to No. 3 in the draft to select the tailback who helped lead Alabama to the national championship. And it didnt prevent the Browns from signing Richardson to a four-year, $20.5 million contract. "Im always concerned about injuries," Shurmur said. "Hes been practicing well. Well just have to see where he is." Richardson has been quite impressive in camp, displaying quickness and toughness. He did miss practice time last week with what Shurmur said was a headache. Richardson, starting tight end Ben Watson and a few others limited by various ailments rode stationary bicycles as the team went through regular drills on Tuesday. Shurmur didnt seem as worried about Watson, who missed time last season with a concussion. He stopped short of saying the nine-year pro would play when Cleveland opens the preseason Friday in Detroit. "Hes doing fine," Shurmur said. "Hell be back out here soon. Were dealing with some soft tissue (issues)." Shurmur also said Marvin Benard was "doing fine," though the linebacker was nowhere to be seen during drills after walking off midway through practice on Monday. Cleveland will face the Lions without at least two starters on defence. Linebacker Chris Gocong is out for the season with a torn right Achilles tendon. Lineman Phil Taylor, lasst years No.dddddddddddd 1 pick, will be sidelined until at least mid-October after a torn pectoral muscle repaired this spring. If Richardson cant play, Montario Hardesty will get the chance to show if he has progressed. A second-round choice from Tennessee in 2010, he tore up his left knee in the preseason that year and missed the entire season. In sporadic time a year ago, he rushed for 266 yards in 10 games. Hardesty, in better shape now after dropping about 10 pounds down to 215, is eager to play. "Now I can play without being hurt and thinking about it," he said. "This might be the best Ive ever felt. I feel like Ive really got a lot to prove. Ive got a chip on my shoulder, and Ive just got to go out and play every day." Thats fine with Shurmur. "I want to see efficient play," Shurmur said of Hardesty and former Green Bay running back Brandon Jackson, who also will log time against the Lions. "I want to see strong running and catching the ball. When we throw the ball, I want to see pass protection." NOTES: Practice was delayed 30 minutes, as team executives were a tad late returning from Philadelphia, where they attended a memorial service for Garrett Reid, son of Eagles coach Andy Reid. ... WR Josh Gordon dropped a pinpoint pass from new starting QB Brandon Weeden over the middle. Shurmur said the rookie, who didnt play at all last season at Utah, is among players pushing through normal midcamp fatigue. ... P Reggie Hodges, holder on placekicks, passed to OT Joe Thomas in the end zone on a fake field goal. It fell incomplete. ... Rookie John Hughes and third-year pro Scott Paxson are splitting time at Taylors defensive line spot. ... Rookie DB Trevin Wade picked off a wayward pass by QB Colt McCoy, now battling Seneca Wallace for the backup spot. ... The Browns will practice in front of fans Wednesday night at their own downtown stadium, going through red zone and special teams drills in addition to what Shurmur called "moving the ball." ' ' '