San Antonio Spurs Grades vs Dallas Mavericks: Leonard Is Clutch
By Michael Rehome
The San Antonio Spurs won their 10th straight game against the Dallas Mavericks in the AT&T Center on Wednesday Night.
Down the stretch, the Spurs did not go to their ‘Big 3″ down the stretch but to another option, Kawhi Leonard. With 15.1 seconds left in the fourth quarter, the Spurs showed exactly how much confidence they had in Leonard.
The small-forward from San Diego State drilled a three-pointer that pushed the Spurs to their eighth-straight win at home this season.
Already in his fifth year with the Spurs, Leonard hit 4 for 7 on 3-pointers. His 26 points also marked the 41st straight game in which he has scored in double-figures.
LaMarcus Aldridge returned after sitting out the last two games with a mild-left ankle sprain. Aldridge mentioned he did not watch the Spurs much last season, but says that Leonard is playing at a ‘big-time level’.
“(Kawhi’s) growing,” San Antonio forward LaMarcus Aldridge said. “I never really watched the Spurs play too much last year. I don’t know if he played to this level last year, but he’s definitely playing at a big-time level. He’s taking big-time shots and making them for us.”
Aldridge showed no ill-effects of the ankle as he finished with 18 points and seven rebounds.
In the final period, the game was all Leonards. He scored nine points to help continue the Spurs domination of the Mavericks.
Nov 25, 2015; San Antonio, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks point guard Deron Williams (8) is defended by San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker (9) during the first half at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports