Spurs star shines against At­lanta de­spite re­cent con­cus­sion

New Straits Times - - Sport -

KAWHI Leonard shrugged off the af­ter­ef­fects of a re­cent con­cus­sion to score 31 points as the San An­to­nio Spurs downed At­lanta to go level with Golden State at the top of the Western Con­fer­ence on Mon­day.

Leonard, who had been con­cussed af­ter a clash with Ok­la­homa City Thun­der guard Vic­tor Oladipo last Thurs­day, showed no sign of the knock as he led the Spurs to a 107-99 vic­tory over the Hawks.

The win gave San An­to­nio an iden­ti­cal 52-14 record to Western Con­fer­ence pace-set­ters Golden State.

Leonard said he was fully re­cov­ered from his con­cus­sion which had left him com­plain­ing of headaches and blurred vi­sion in his left eye.

“I felt good — it was just like any other game,” said Leonard. “Our train­ers did a good job of get­ting me pre­pared.”

Mean­while, Vince Carter rolled back the years to score 24 points as the Mem­phis Griz­zlies out­gunned the Mil­wau­kee Bucks 11393 on Mon­day.

Carter, 40, mak­ing his first start of the sea­son, scored 24 points as Mem­phis ended a fiveg­ame los­ing streak against the Bucks at FedExFo­rum.

Carter’s points haul made him the first 40-year-old in NBA his­tory to make at least five three­p­oint­ers in a game.

Carter’s tally made him the old­est player to score at least 24 points in a game since Michael Jor­dan hit 25 points as a 40-yearold in 2003.

RE­SULTS — Sacra­mento 120 Orlando 115, Den­ver 129 LA Lak­ers 101, Utah 114 LA Clip­pers 108, Mem­phis 113 Mil­wau­kee 93, San An­to­nio 107 At­lanta 99, Min­nesota 119 Wash­ing­ton 104, Toronto 100 Dal­las 78, Charlotte 109 Chicago 115. AFP


Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard with ball in ac­tion against Hawks in their NBA game on Mon­day.

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