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San Antonio Spurs: Player Grades in Win Over Philadelphia 76ers

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The San Antonio Spurs grabbed their 11th win in their last 12 games, picking up a close 109-103 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers in game two of their four game road trip.

San Antonio had to hold on at the end as the 76ers outscored the Spurs 57-48 in the second half, at one point trailing by only five points with a minute left in the game.

The Spurs were without Tony Parker and Tim Duncan in the win and that gave them all sorts of trouble, especially in the shooting department where San Antonio only shot 43.4% from the field.

Kawhi Leonard was a huge factor for San Antonio picking up the win, contributing 26 points and 10 rebounds to the team. Aron Baynes also played well, filling in the starting position for Duncan and scoring 15 points while grabbing nine rebounds.

For the 76ers, it was all about Michael Carter-Williams, who scored a team high 24 points. He also added 11 rebounds and seven assists, coming very close to a triple-double.

Now that the game is over, we have post-game grades for key Spurs players in the San Antonio Philadelphia game!

Check out our player grades below!

B. Cory Joseph played well for the Spurs in his first start of the season. The point guard finished the game with 14 points, six assists, and eight rebounds. He also got to the line eight times, showing his fearless attitude in the start. While his offensive game was solid, his defensive game needed much help. Joseph allowed the guards he was matched up at times to go wild. Philadelphia’s Carter-Williams in particular, out-dueled Joseph with his final line of 24 points, seven assists, and 11 rebounds. Alexey Shved was also able to tear up the Spurs point guard en route to 19 points. Still though, solid game by the former University of Texas product.. PG. San Antonio Spurs. CORY JOSEPH

San Antonio Spurs. DANNY GREEN. D+. After showing his ability to be the MVP of the team, Danny Green used this game to show how bad he can be. Green easily had one of his worst shooting nights, ending the game on an awful 1-of-9. The former Tar Heel did play solid defense on his matchup Hollis Thompson, but, he did let bench player K.J. McDaniels get away from him at times. The only positives Green really has to look at from this game are his pedestrian four rebounds and one steal.. SG

San Antonio Spurs. KAWHI LEONARD. A+. Okay, who went in the time machine to bring back 2014 Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard? It sure seemed like that Leonard was on the floor tonight and not 12 point six rebound Leonard. The 23-year-old had himself a game tonight posting 26 points and 10 rebounds. He also picked up four assists and two steals. Even better he forced Luc Mbah a Moute, the 76ers starting small forward, into a poor 3-of-10 shooting night. This is what we need to see from Kawhi Leonard on a more regular basis if he wants to be a superstar in this league. Maybe Pop should consider resting his future Hall-of-Famers more often…. SF

C+. Boris Diaw took to the power forward position on Monday night against Philadelphia after starting the past few games at center. The experiment went okay as Diaw finished with five points, four rebounds, and three assists. Those numbers are not that flashy but Diaw did exactly what his role on this Spurs team calls for, that is, stuff the box score. It was definitely a below average outing for Diaw though which means he definitely gets a below average grade.. PF. San Antonio Spurs. BORIS DIAW

C. San Antonio Spurs. ARON BAYNES. A. Aron Baynes’ performance on Monday night left may Spurs fans questioning why the Australian big man has not started more often for San Antonio. Baynes was absolutely phenomenal filling in for Tim Duncan who was out resting. He scored 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds in this one. Even better, Baynes did his scoring damage very efficiently, shooting 6-of-9 from the field. The only place for Baynes to improve after this game is in the foul department, where he committed five personals. Still, we won’t knock him too much considering how well he played.

SAN ANTONIO SPURS BENCH. A. The San Antonio Spurs bench really seems to be in mid-season form after having yet another great game. This time, against the 76ers, the bench accounted for 44 of the team’s 109 points. Three players on the Spurs bench finished in double figures, the highest being Manu Ginobili with his 14 points. Matt Bonner was also awesome for the reserves, going a perfect 5-of-5 from the field with 12 points. The only surprising thing about San Antonio’s bench was that they were actually outscored by two points by Philadelphia’s reserves. Even with that, it was a great game for the Spurs bench. Now, if only Kyle Anderson can figure out a way to get himself into the scoring column.. .

Next: Highlights: Spurs at 76ers

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