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Leonard leaves early in Spurs 112-88 win over Heat

Spurs say Leonard has right quad contusion

(AP Photo/Darren Abate)
(AP Photo/Darren Abate) (Associated Press)

SAN ANTONIO – It is what we have come to expect from the San Antonio Spurs this season. After an embarrassing loss, they come back with a vengeance.

The Spurs blew a big lead and lost to Charlotte on Monday, then took it out on the Miami Heat with a 112-88 win.

The Spurs are now 36-0 at home this season.

"It's a good bounce back game for us, played well tonight," said Tony Parker.

Kawhi Leonard is the one who really played well. He led the way for the Spurs, tying a career high with 32 points. Leonard did it on 12 of 21 shooting.  

After Leonard hit a free throw to complete a three point play mid-way through the third, he headed for the locker room suffering from a right quad contusion and did not return. He left with the Spurs up 16 points.

"Just a thigh contusion, got real tight so we just took him out," said Gregg Popovich, Spurs head coach.

"I don't think it is that bad," said Parker. TP added it usually takes about two or three days to recover.  

What was so impressive about Leonard's performance is that he tied his career high in just 24 minutes. 

"Impressive, he was rolling. He was feeling it shooting the ball well and he was just being super aggressive," Parker said.

"I don't even know now that he had 32 until you told me," Popovich said. “I know he was scoring, but I wasn't paying attention to how many he had."

"Kawhi Leonard was fantastic tonight. Whenever he needed to make a play, he was making a play," said Erik Spoelstra, Heat head coach.

While Leonard took care of the offensive, the whole team took care of the defense. San Antonio held the Heat to just 16 points in the third.

"They played very well tonight, great team defense tonight, good concentration," Popovich said.

Kevin Martin came off the bench for his best night as a Spur, scoring 12 points including 2 of 2 from 3-point range. Martin is starting to get a feel for his new team.

"Basketball at the end of the day is just basketball but it's who your around and knowing their spots and things like that," Martin said.

Boban Marjanovic also got 13 minutes of playing time and scored a new career-high, 19 points.

"Today I feel great in my skin and I am very happy because I am part of this family,” Marjanovic said.

The Spurs host Memphis on Friday night. No word yet on Leonard’s status for that game.


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