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San Antonio Spurs vs Sacramento Kings: Takeaways & Star Performer

Feb 24, 2016; Sacramento, CA, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) drives in against Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay (8) during the fourth quarter at Sleep Train Arena. The San Antonio Spurs defeated the Sacramento Kings 108-92. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 24, 2016; Sacramento, CA, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) drives in against Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay (8) during the fourth quarter at Sleep Train Arena. The San Antonio Spurs defeated the Sacramento Kings 108-92. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
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The San Antonio Spurs (48-9) beat the Sacramento Kings (24-31) 108-92 on Wednesday night. Kawhi Leonard returned to the lineup after missing the teams last three games finishing with 18 points.

Tony Parker continued his strong play as he was clutch down the stretch for the Spurs. He scored 10 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter to help seal the win for San Antonio. Parker made 11 of 17 shots and had six assists finding an open man for a high-percentage shot. Danny Green finished with 16 while Kyle Anderson added 14 to help the Spurs win their third straight.

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The Spurs came out to start the fourth quarter on fire, sparked by David West and Leonard. West’s three jumpers and Leonard’s 3-pointer in the corner helped the Spurs with a 15-2 run. At that point, San Antonio had a 91-72 advantage and never looked back. With the win San Antonio moves is now 5-1 on the Rodeo-Road Trip.

Key Takeaways

-Kawhi Is Back

Leonard was questionable through-out the day as he missed the teams previous three games with tightness in his calf, Gregg Popovich placed Leonard in the lineup and the rust showed. He missed his first five shots, but quickly found his rhythm in the second quarter on his way to scoring 18 in 27 minutes.

-Patty Mills remains hot

Just like Parker with Leonard out, Mills has stepped up in the absence of Ginobili. Mills wound up with 21 points on 6-of-9 from 3-point range on Sunday. In the last five games, he is averaging 14 points on 50 percent from downtown. He is also averaging 4.4 assists in that stretch.

-Defense Frustrates Cousins

Sacramento’s All-Star Center DeMarcus Cousins was coming off of a 39 point performance against the Denver Nuggets. The Spurs knew whom they had to key in on. In the first half, they did a great job containing him. Slow start for Cousins as he missed all 10 first-half shots.

Star Performer: Tony Parker

Continuing to provide the offensive spark, Parker in 30 minutes of play hit 11 of his 17 attempts on his way to 23 points. He also had six assists and three rebounds in the teams third straight win. Over his last three games, Parker has nearly doubled his season scoring (12.7) averaging 23.3 a game.

Highlights:

Notes:

Boris Diaw: Eight points, seven assists and three rebounds

Patty Mills: Seven points and three assists

David West: 10 points and eight rebounds

-Team Field Goal Percentage: 51.8

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