Spurs finish on upward swing, beat NBA-worst Pistons

Sandro Mamukelashvili poured in 18 points to lead eight players in double figures as the host San Antonio Spurs rolled over the Detroit Pistons 123-95 on Sunday afternoon in the season finale for both teams.Both the Spurs (22-60) and the Pistons (14-68) have long been eliminated from the postseason.San Antonio, despite being without six injured players that started games this season, finished strong, winning four of their final six games to end up in 14th place in the West, one spot out of the cellar.Detroit dropped 15 of its last 17 games and finished as the worst team in the NBA after setting a team-low mark for wins in a season, supplanting the 16 wins produced by the 1979-80 squad.Likely rookie of the year Victor Wembanyama sat out after playing in 71 of the Spurs’ 82 contests, ending the season as the only rookie in NBA history with 1,500 points, 250 assists and 250 blocked shots. He averaged 21.4 points, 10.8 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game and led the league with 3.6 blocks per contest.San Antonio led by six after one quarter before blowing open the game in the second period, outscoring the Pelicans by 17 while taking a 63-40 into intermission. The Spurs pushed the margin to 31 midway through the third and cruised to the finish.