Kawhi Leonard scored 29 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as the Spurs avenged their lone loss of the season with a 100-86 victory over the Jazz on Friday.
The Jazz handed the Spurs their only loss of the season two days prior to their loss on Friday. During that game, Utah shot San Antonio out of the AT&T Center nailing 15 3-pointers.
Utah looked to do the same as they would go 11 of 26 from beyond the arc. They came out the gates running as they built an early 10-2 lead in the first quarter. With that, Gregg Popovich quickly called a timeout.
The Spurs would respond with a 29-7 run on the Jazz. The early eight point lead would be the last for Utah of the game.
The play of Leonard and company would be too much for Utah to handle.
In the 3rd quarter Leonard scored 14 of the teams 29 points. As Utah’s Head Coach Quin Snyder put it, “Kawhi Leonard was really good.”
In their first meeting on Tuesday, Leonard finished with 30 points on 10 of 18 shooting from the floor.
Outside of LaMarcus Aldridge, who had 19 points and six rebounds Friday, they were the only two in double-figures during that game.
This time around, Leonard got a much needed boost from not only Aldridge (19 points, 7 of 13 field goals), but Patty Mills.
Mills was inserted into the starting lineup for Tony Parker whom is nursing a knee injury. Coming into the game he was averaging 18 points (1 start) as a starter.
He did not disappoint.
Mills finished with 16 points on 6 of 11 shooting from the floor and 4 of 7 from beyond 3 point.
“He’s the engine from the bench,” Manu Ginobili stated postgame with Fox Sports Southwest.
He has not disappointed through six games this season, averaging 12.8 points, 2.7 assists and shooting 51 percent from beyond the 3-point line.
”Patty is a great offensive player and he has been playing really well running the offense,” Spurs center Pau Gasol said.
San Antonio is a different team when Mills is running the point. Not to knock on Parker, but the ball does not stay still, it continues to move.
Mills himself creates lanes for his teammates as he to cuts when he passes it off.
George Hill who played his best game finishing with 22 on 9 of 13 shooting Tuesday, was held to 13 (5 of 13 field goals).
The Spurs have a quick turnaround as they host the Los Angeles Clippers and point guard Chris Paul on Saturday at the AT&T Center.