SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Kawhi Leonard scored 21 factors, LaMarcus Aldridge added 20 and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Brooklyn Nets 109-97 on Tuesday evening of their first recreation of the season with each participant wholesome and obtainable.
San Antonio is third within the Western Convention at 24-11 regardless of being with out Leonard and/or Tony Parker for 30 video games this season.
Taking part in with a full roster for the primary time led to some hesitation, because the Spurs scored simply 19 factors within the opening quarter whereas making an attempt to contain all their scoring choices. San Antonio settled right into a rhythm, taking pictures 51 p.c total in capturing its 15th straight win at residence over Brooklyn.
Pau Gasol added 15 factors, Parker had 14 and Patty Mills and Manu Ginobili every had 11 for the Spurs.
Taking part in in simply his fifth recreation, Leonard was eight for 17 from the sphere in scoring a season excessive.
The Nets had been in a position to maintain tempo early regardless of accidents to their high two level guards, D’Angelo Russell and Jeremy Lin.
Caris LeVert led Brooklyn with 18 factors and Allen Crabbe added 15.
Nets: Russell has not performed since Nov. 11, lacking his 20th straight recreation. He’s anticipated to be again within the first half of January after present process left knee surgical procedure Nov. 17. . The Nets are Four-41 on the street in opposition to the Spurs in franchise historical past. Their final win in San Antonio within the common season was a 92-86 victory on Jan. 22, 2002, on the Alamodome. . Nets coach Kenny Atkinson was assessed a technical foul with 6:45 left within the third quarter after bolting from his seat and working to midcourt to protest an offensive foul name on Crabbe.
Spurs: San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich has 1,174 profession victories, putting him one shy of tying George Karl for fifth all-time. . Gasol collected his 10,817th rebound, shifting him previous Jack Sikma for 30th in league historical past. . Aldridge has led the Spurs in scoring 28 occasions in 33 video games after doing so a mixed 37 occasions in his first two seasons with the crew. . The Spurs are 16-2 at residence, the league’s finest residence report.
Nets: Go to New Orleans on Wednesday evening within the third recreation of a five-game street journey.
Spurs: Host New York on Thursday.