Kawhi Leonard Scores 22 As Spurs Route Jazz 118-81

By Michael Rehome

The leagues-leading defensive team shined once again on Monday. The Spurs have now held 13 out of their last 14 opponents under 100 points.

The Spurs also marked their second-best start in franchise history after 26 games as they are now 21-5 this season. They also improve to 13-0 at the AT&T Center.

Kawhi Leonard finished with 22 points and seven rebounds and LaMarcus Aldridge and Tony Parker added 18 points each. The starters played just three quarters as the route was on. Parker stated that he will take blowouts early in the season as it helps the starters with rest.

“I’ll take blowouts, especially early in the season,” Parker said. “The starters, we can rest. It’s always great because it adds up. All the rest that we’re getting right now will help come playoff time.”

In the first half the Spurs dominated shooting 56-percent from the floor. Though San Antonio started slow in the first, they quickly got back on track and started playing the type of basketball known around the league.

Coming off of an overtime loss against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday, Utah also was playing their fifth game in seven nights. Definitely not an easy turnaround.

Utah shot 40-percent from the floor and were led by Derrick Favors whom finished with 16 points.

The 37-point victory was the Spurs’ third win by 20-plus points in their last four games.

Game Notes | By The Numbers

16 Out-rebounded Utah 48-32.11 San Antonio took better care of the ball as they had 11 turnovers in the game.46 San Antonio never trailed in this game and saw their lead balloon to 46 points.21 San Antonio won the battle on the break as they were plus-9.92.6-Percent San Antonio was 25-of-27 from the charity stripe Monday.

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