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San Antonio Spurs: Biggest Takeaways From Win Versus 76ers

By George Middleton

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On Monday night the San Antonio Spurs took on the only winless team in the NBA, the Philadelphia 76ers. The 76ers are 0-17 but it didn’t look that way against the defending champs. Early on the Spurs took a 10-2 lead and appeared to be heading for a 50 point win, no but seriously it looked like it would get out of hand.

The Spurs went up by as many 24 points in the second quarter but the 76ers fought their way back in the game as they only trailed by five with a little over a minute to play. At the end the Spurs held on and won by 6. Tim Duncan and Tony Parker were given the night off (rest).

The Spurs have now won eight straight games.

Here are some key takeaways from their win against Philadelphia.

1.) Kawhi Leonard Was Huge

With Parker and Duncan out, Kawhi Leonard knew he was the Spurs go to guy. Leonard finished the contest with 26 points (9-15 fg), 10 rebounds and 4 assists. What stood out wasn’t Leonard’s stat line, it was the confidence he displayed. In the final minute of the game Leonard had a crucial three-point play to put the game away for good.

2.) Cory Joseph Played Solid

With Parker sitting this one out, Cory Joseph had to step into the starting role and he got the job done. Joseph finished with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. The only negative, was that he didn’t contain opposing guard Michael Carter Williams. Carter Williams had a huge night going for 24 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists.

3.) Spurs Bench Delivered

The Spurs bench was key in Monday’s win. They combined to score 44 points. Despite the 76ers bench combining to score 46 points, the Spurs bench held their own. Manu Ginobili was terrific as he had 14 points and 3 assists in only 13 minutes. Matt Bonner had 12 points and made all five of his field goals in 14 minutes.

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