Published: Sun, March 19, 2017
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Kawhi Leonard helps Spurs tie for best record

Kawhi Leonard helps Spurs tie for best record

Patty Mills scored 21 points as the San Antonio Spurs dominated the Golden State Warriors 107-85 Saturday in an National Basketball Association showdown that lacked in star power. Same thing for bigs David Lee, Dewayne Dedmon and Pau Gasol, all of whom need to ramp up the production for the Spurs to maintain their hold on the top seed in the West, which they captured Monday by virtue of the win over the Hawks.

The Spurs re-established a 94-87 cushion via 3-pointers by Bryn Forbes and Danny Green and a dunk by Dewayne Dedmon, and San Antonio was too strong in the end game.

Leonard also chipped in with five rebounds and four assists as the Spurs claimed back-to-back wins following their victory over an under-strength Golden State on Saturday.

Atlanta point guard Dennis Schroder had 22 points and 10 assists, shooting 10 for 22 from the field.

The lead swelled to 15 but the Hawks were able to rally behind a season-high 23 turnovers by the Spurs.

Aldridge visited with doctors on Monday for a series of tests, and Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said the team will just "wait until he comes back and assess everything", before the team devises a plan for a return to the court - if that's in the cards. "They execute well. I'm really pleased that we continued to guard and hustle the way we did, despite being sloppy with the ball".

"I felt good - it was just like any other game", said Leonard, who said he took a blow to his jaw and the left side of his head against the Thunder that resulted in blurry vision in his left eye, a headache and some sensitivity to light.

"I didn't feel like dizzy or I was going to fall", said Leonard. "But I'm not sure what that means in terms of concussion tests and however many cards you need to flip over and get right".

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Karl-Anthony Towns (39 points and 13 rebounds) helped the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Washington Wizards 119-104, the Sacramento Kings edged the Orlando Magic 120-115 and the Denver Nuggets crushed the Los Angeles Lakers 129-101.

Ricky Rubio scored 22 points and added 19 assists for Minnesota as Washington slipped to 41-25 for the season.

In Toronto, DeMar DeRozan scored 25 points, Norman Powell added 19 and the Raptors beat Dallas.

The Raptors (39-28) had lost their two previous games to end a road trip at 2-3.

Toronto effectively settled the contest in the third quarter, building a 13-point lead which was soon stretched to 22 points in the fourth quarter after Fred VanVleet's three pointer.

Chicago 115, at Charlotte 109: Nikola Mirotic scored 24 points, Rajon Rondo had a season-high 20 points in his first start since December 30, and the Bulls ended a losing streak at five games.

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