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San Antonio Spurs vs. Cleveland Cavaliers: Takeaways and Star

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Jan 30, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love (0) drives against San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) in the first quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 30, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love (0) drives against San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) in the first quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
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The San Antonio Spurs (39-8) lost the Cleveland Cavaliers (34-12), 117-103 on Saturday night. Tim Duncan missed the contest due to a knee injury. The Spurs are 14-8 on the road this team.

Neither team played defense in this contest as the Spurs shot 49 percent from the field and Cleveland shot 55 percent. Kawhi Leonard led the Spurs with 24 points and six rebounds. Cleveland out-rebounded San Antonio 43-32 in the contest. It was a clean game for both teams as San Antonio had six turnovers and Cleveland had 10.

Key Takeaways

-Kawhi Leonard played well

On Saturday night, Kawhi Leonard was one of the few Spurs players that had a nice performance. Leonard went for 24 points on 7-of-15 shooting. The problem was that Leonard didn’t defend at the level many accustomed to seeing him defend. LeBron James went for 29 points and seven assists in the contest.

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LaMarcus Aldridge foul trouble

LaMarcus Aldridge finished with 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting in 26 minutes. The problem is that he only had two rebounds and he battled foul trouble in the first half getting three quick fouls. It was a nice bounce-back performance for Aldridge who went for six points and eight rebounds in the win against Cleveland on Jan. 14.

-Tim Duncan was missed

The Spurs missed Tim Duncan in this contest. San Antonio was out-rebounded 43-32 in the contest. Duncan averages 8.9 points and 7.5 rebounds this season.

Star Performer: Kawhi Leonard

Despite not playing defense at the level many are accustomed to seeing Leonard play, he was the star. Leonard had a nice offensive performance in the loss.

Notes:

Tony Parker had 13 points and six assists.

Kyle Anderson finished with 10 points and three assists in 18 minutes.

-Spurs made 17-of-21 free-throws.

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