The Spurs held a double-digit lead over the final 3 1/2 quarters, cruising past the depleted Pelicans Saturday at the AT&T Center to tie the regular-season club record with their 17th straight victory, 96-80.

The Spurs (57-16) took control with a 23-4 surge in the first quarter, after which their lead never dipped below 10. They had several lulls along the way, including a 20-9 run for New Orleans (32-41) that sliced what had been a game-high 22-point lead in half. But the Spurs opened the third quarter with an 11-3 run to protect their advantage.

Once again they did it with minimal exertion as only Marco Belinelli (32) cracked the 30-minute barrier. He had 18 points and four 3-pointers, while Kawhi Leonard and Manu Ginobili both scored 15. Tim Duncan had 12 points, eight rebounds and six assists in 25 minutes. The Pelicans, who were forced to play without injured All-Star Anthony Davis, got 18 points from Brian Roberts.

The Spurs will seek to break the club record with their 18th straight victory Monday at Eastern Conference-leading Indiana.

End of 3rd quarter: The Spurs took their largest lead at 22, but the Pelicans used a 20-9 surge to cut the deficit in half entering the fourth. The Spurs are now shooting at 48.2 after peaking int he 60s during the first quarter. Kawhi Leonard leads four Spurs in double figures with 15 points.

Halftime: The Spurs shot 54 percent in the first half, taking control with a 23-4 run in the opening quarter to lead by as many as 19.

They lagged midway through the second as New Orleans climbed to within 12. But an 11-2 surge restored the advantage to 19.

Kawhi Leonard leads all players with 12 points. Manu Ginobili has nine, and Tim Duncan and Marco Belinelli both have eight. Duncna has added seven rebounds, four assists and two blocks.

End 1st quarter: The Spurs engineered a 23-4 run to take a 17-point lead, and are now up by 13 entering the second quarter. Marco Belinelli leads them with eight points, while Manu Ginobili has seven off the bench as the Spurs are shooting 61.1 percent.

Pregame: All-Star forward Anthony Davis will sit after spraining his ankle last night against Utah, a huge blow to a resurgent Pelicans team that has won five games despite a slew of injuries that now claims its leading scorer, rebounder and shot blocker.

“We’ll just have to regroup and make our adjustments,” New Orleans coach Monty Williams said. “San Antonio does a number of different things on back to backs, so we’re going to wait and see if they makes some changes. We may adjust.”

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said his full roster is out save for shooting guard Danny Green, missing his second straight game with a sore foot, and Matt Bonner, expected to miss two weeks with a sore calf. But Popovich, who spoke first, wouldn’t name a starting lineup, perhaps saving himself some wiggle room to rest a player or two depending on who the Pelicans play.