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Kawhi Leonard shines as Spurs beat Jazz 100-86

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SALT LAKE CITY – SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Kawhi Leonard scored 29 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as the San Antonio Spurs avenged their lone loss of the season with a 100-86 victory over the Utah Jazz on Friday night.

The Spurs bounced back from a 15-point home loss to the Jazz on Tuesday after losing just one game in San Antonio all of last season.

The Jazz jumped out to a 10-2 lead in the first quarter and an unhappy Spurs coach Gregg Popovich called a timeout just minutes into the game. The Spurs responded with a 29-7 run and the Jazz never led again. Utah got within seven in the third quarter, but Leonard responded with five quick points and the Jazz never got within single digits the rest of the game.

Leonard continued his MVP-caliber season by shooting 9 for 18 from the field while LaMarcus Aldridge added 19 points and six rebounds.

Rodney Hood led the Jazz with 18 points, but the team shot just 37.5 percent.