San Antonio Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard Has Career Night In Much-Needed Victory
The San Antonio Spurs were able to rebound from their disappointing streak-ending loss with a routing of the Memphis Grizzlies. The seemingly effortless 112-92 win came by way of a career night for Kawhi Leonard.
The Spurs swept their season series against the Grizzlies with win and displayed their defensive potential in the process. In the first quarter, Memphis barely broke double digits with 10 total points scored. And it would not get much better throughout the entirety of the matchup.
But it was Leonard’s offensive exploits that made the third-year man the center of attention. His 26 points tied a career high in points and his 12-of-13 shooting was a career-best as well. Leonard was on fire, knocking down his first seven shot attempts. His lights out shooting set an efficient tone for the Spurs’ offense as the team shot 56 percent from the field. The Spurs were able to reach the free-throw line 18 times and they made it count 17 times.
The win was the fifth time the Spurs have reached 60 wins in franchise history, and they may have a chance to set a franchise record in wins. There are five games remaining on their schedule, and with just four wins, the Spurs would have the most regular season wins in the franchise history.
Gregg Popovich may be more concerned with the health of his point guard Tony Parker rather than any records at all. Parker left the game early with back spasms and did not return to action. His struggles with his back are a concern that might have some serious repercussions for the playoffs. Popovich will most likely rest Parker for the remainder of the season, since the Spurs have positioned themselves very well in playoff standings.