SAN ANTONIO (AP) Kawhi Leonard scored 19 factors in his return from a three-game absence, Davis Bertans had 18 and the San Antonio Spurs by no means trailed in a 112-80 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Saturday night time.
San Antonio received its 14th straight on the AT&T Middle, enhancing the league’s greatest dwelling document to 19-2.
The Spurs’ projected beginning lineup of Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge, Pau Gasol, Tony Parker and Danny Inexperienced performed collectively for under the sixth recreation this season and simply the second time at dwelling.
Leonard performed 28 minutes after sitting out the earlier three video games with a strained left shoulder.
Inexperienced had 11 factors in his return from a 10-game absence as a result of tightness in his left groin.
The Spurs raced to a 23-12 lead within the first quarter regardless of getting only one level from Leonard. San Antonio opened the sport by taking pictures 6 for 7 on Three-pointers, together with three consecutive 3s by Bertans to shut that opening run.
Bertans, a second-year participant included by Indiana in a commerce that introduced Leonard to San Antonio for George Hill, had a career-high six Three-pointers. He completed 6 for 7 on 3s.
Aldridge added 15 factors.
Nikola Jokic had 23 factors and 9 rebounds for Denver, which has misplaced 10 straight in San Antonio.
Nuggets: G Gary Harris returned after lacking the earlier recreation as a result of what the crew stated had been ”personal household issues.” Harris had 18 factors in 30 minutes. . Denver’s final win in San Antonio was March four, 2012, when Richard Jefferson performed with the Spurs. Now a reserve for Denver, Jefferson had seven factors as San Antonio’s beginning small ahead within the Nuggets’ 99-94 victory. . F Paul Millsap missed his 27th recreation with a sprained left wrist. . The Nuggets are 10-19 when permitting 100-plus factors.
Spurs: Manu Ginobili rocked again for a left-handed dunk within the first quarter. It was his fifth dunk this season, his most since having 10 in 2014. . The Spurs have performed solely two dwelling video games in January, profitable each. . Bertans has had three-plus Three-pointers in 16 video games, second solely to Gary Neal’s 24 for essentially the most by a Spurs participant of their first two seasons.
Nuggets: Host Dallas on Tuesday night time.
Spurs: Go to Atlanta on Monday.
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