Spurs’ Leonard scores at death to edge Pac­ers

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LOS AN­GE­LES: Kawhi Leonard nailed a clutch jump shot with two seconds re­main­ing to lift the San An­to­nio Spurs to a 100-99 vic­tory over the In­di­ana Pac­ers on Wed­nes­day.

Leonard’s game win­ning shot capped a 31-point per­for­mance for the Amer­i­can in front of a crowd of 18,400 at the AT&T Cen­tre arena.

Leonard drained the shot de­spite be­ing guarded by Pac­ers star Paul George. It was then George’s turn at glory but his shot from be­yond the arc bounced harm­lessly off the rim, end­ing the con­test.

“Coach drew up a good play and LaMar­cus (Aldridge) set a good screen for me,” Leonard said about his fi­nal shot. “We had about nine seconds. I wanted to take my time and try to get off a good shot and it ended up go­ing in for me.”

The Spurs led 98-97 be­fore Danny Green missed a lay-up with 1:46s to play. Myles Turner took ad­van­tage on the other end with a jumper 11 seconds later to give In­di­ana a 99-98 lead.

Af­ter a pair of empty pos­ses­sions by both teams, Monta El­lis missed two freethrows for the Pac­ers with nine seconds to play, giv­ing San An­to­nio a fi­nal shot at the vic­tory.

Else­where, An­thony Davis reached the 7,000 point mile­stone and Jrue Hol­i­day snapped his scor­ing slump as the New Or­leans Pel­i­cans de­feated the Detroit Pis­tons 109-86.

Davis scored 24 of his game high 33 points in the open­ing half to be­come the sev­enth-youngest player in league his­tory to score 7,000 points.

Hol­i­day fin­ished with 22 points for the Pel­i­cans who im­proved to 24-37 and ended a three game los­ing streak.

In Toronto, the Wash­ing­ton Wizards seized con­trol early in the sec­ond quar­ter and never looked back, with a 105-96 win over the Toronto Rap­tors who had their four game win streak halted.

In Sacra­mento, Brook Lopez scored 24 points and grabbed eight re­bounds, and the Brook­lyn Nets snapped their 16-game los­ing streak with a 109-100 vic­tory over the Sacra­mento Kings.

The New York Knicks mean­while kept their slim play­off hopes alive with a 101-90 win over the Orlando Magic.

RE­SULTS: Hous­ton 122 LA Clip­pers 103, Brook­lyn 109 Sacra­mento 100, Min­nesota 107 Utah 80, San An­to­nio 100 In­di­ana 99, Bos­ton 103 Cleve­land 99, Den­ver 110 Milwaukee 98, New Or­leans 109 Detroit 86, Wash­ing­ton 105 Toronto 96, At­lanta 100 Dal­las 95, Mi­ami 125 Philadel­phia 98, NY Knicks 101 Orlando 90.

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