San Antonio Spurs vs. Philadelphia 76ers: Takeaways and Star Performer

By George Middleton

The San Antonio Spurs (18-4) topped the Philadelphia 76ers 119-68 on Monday night. Kawhi Leonard (stomach), Manu Ginobili (rest), and Tim Duncan (rest) all missed the contest. Despite missing so many key players the Spurs took care of business against a struggling 76ers team on the road. The Spurs cruised after a 65-29 lead at the half.

Nerlens Noel, Nik Stauskas, and Robert Covington scored 13 points apiece to lead the 76ers.

San Antonio has won 15 of its last 17 games. The Spurs haven’t allowed the opposition to reach 100 points in nine of the last 10 games.

Key Takeaways

LaMarcus Aldridge dominates

San Antonio Spurs fans have been dying to see the LaMarcus Aldridge that would put up a daily 25 points. On Monday night with Leonard and Duncan out, Aldridge knew his role would grow for the contest. It did. The 30-year-old star scored 26 points and grabbed nine rebounds in only 22 minutes. Aldridge shot 11-of-15 and committed no turnovers.

Boban Marjanovic has a career night

Rookie center Boban Marjanovic looked like a season veteran on Monday night. The 27-year-old big man finished with 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting in only 17 minutes. Marjanovic looked extremely confident inside, and it appears he can have a bigger role as the season goes on.

Tony Parker terrific

Tony Parker only played 17 minutes. That didn’t stop him from putting up a nice stat line. Parker wound up with 12 points and six assists. The 33-year-old shot 5-of-8 and didn’t commit a single turnover. Parker and the Spurs did a terrific job in containing Isaiah Canaan and T.J. McConnell to 1-of-12 shooting.


Jonathon Simmons scored 14 points on 4-of-13 shooting off the bench.

-San Antonio outrebounded Philadelphia 47-31.

-It was the fifth-worst loss in franchise history for Philadelphia.

Star Performer

No brainer. Aldridge carried the load in tonight’s contest, despite not even playing half the game. Marjanovic was also sensational.

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