Spurs Vs Kings: Kawhi Leonard Has 24 Points In Spurs’ 106-88 victory
Kawhi Leonard, the reigning Defensive Player of the Year, continued to excel as a two-way force with 24 points as the San Antonio Spurs defeated Sacramento Kings 106-88 on Monday night.Advertisement
Leonard finished with an impeccable plus/minus rating of +31, shooting 10/13 from the field besides 3/4 from beyond the arc. Leonard also had two blocks and steals, once again proving why he’s the best perimeter defender in the league.
The Spurs have now won five of their last six games after dropping the season-opener to Oklahoma City. With a 5-2 record, they are back to the No 2 seed behind Golden State Warriors.
Tim Duncan had 11 points and 14 rebounds, Lamarcus Aldridge had 16 points and 9 rebounds while Tony Parker finished with 13 points as the Spurs overpowered Kings 34-19 in the fourth quarter. Parker’s back-up, Patty Mills, had 9 points, 8 assists and 4 steals in 23 minutes off the bench.
With the score tied at 55 in the third, San Antonio ran off with 11 straight points until Demarcus Cousins had 13 points, including 9 free throws, helping the Kings to within 72-69 heading into the fourth. After that, Kawhi and the Spurs dominated proceedings, out-scoring Kings by 15 in the last quarter.
For the Kings, there were some positives despite stumbling to a 1-7 season record. Cousins (21 points, 12 rebounds) returned from his Achilles strain while former Spur Marco Belinelli had 17 points and 5 assists. Rudy Gay had a disappointing night, going 5/15 from the field for 10 points. Kings rookie Willie Cauley-Stein had 4 points and 0 blocks from 22 minutes on the floor.
Spurs have now defeated the Kings six straight and 25 of their last 27 meetings.