Quotes: MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Leonard inspires as Spurs draw level with Warriors  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - The Peninsula - 15/03/2017
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!

San Antonio Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard (2) dribbles the ball as Atlanta Hawks small forward Kent Bazemore (left) defends during the second half at ATT Center. Soobum Im
(MENAFN - The Peninsula)

Los Angeles: Kawhi Leonard shrugged off the after-effects 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, who host Philadelphia on Tuesday.

Leonard was backed by an all-round scoring display from his Spurs team-mates with David Lee, Danny Green, Patty Mills and Pau Gasol all posting double figure points tallies.

Leonard also chipped in with five rebounds and four assists as the Spurs claimed back-to-back wins following their victory over an under-strength Golden State on Saturday.

For Atlanta, Dennis Schroder led the scoring with 22 points, with Tim Hardaway adding 17 points and Paul Millsap 16.

The Spurs lived dangerously at times however, and gave up a season-high 23 turnovers during an uneven performance.

quot;All teams make mistakes -- nobody plays a perfect game,quot; Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. quot;But overall, I was pleased with our defense, given the fact that we turned it over 23 times and still held Atlanta below 100 points. I'm really pleased that we continued to guard and hustle the way we did despite being sloppy with the ball.quot;

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

quot;I felt good -- it was just like any other game,quot; said Leonard. quot;Our trainers did a good job of getting me prepared.quot;

Elsewhere Monday, Karl-Anthony Towns poured on 39 points as the Minnesota Timberwolves pulled away for a surprisingly comfortable 119-104 win over the in-form Washington Wizards.

Ricky Rubio scored 22 points and added 19 assists for Minnesota as Washington slipped to 41-25 for the season. The Timberwolves have now won eight of their past 12 games.

Washington's scoring was led by John Wall with 27 points while Bradley Beal contributed 20 points despite a wayward shooting performance that saw him make just seven of 21 attempts.

Raptors claw Mavs

In Toronto, DeMar DeRozan scored 25 points with six rebounds and two assists to guide the Raptors past the Dallas Mavericks 100-78.

The Raptors improved to 39-28 after losing their two previous games.

Toronto effectively settled the contest in the third quarter, building a 13-point lead which was soon stretched to 22 points in the fourth quarter after Fred VanVleet's three pointer.

Norman Powell scored 19 points while Jonas Valanciunas weighed in with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Harrison Barnes with 18 points and Dirk Nowitzki with 17 points were top scorers for Dallas.

In Charlotte, the Chicago Bulls ended a five-game losing streak with a 115-109 win over the Hornets after Rajon Rondo's 20-point haul.

The veteran added seven points and six assists and was the key figure in helping Chicago's sputtering offense find its rhythm again.

Rondo was brought back into the starting line-up by coach Fred Hoiberg after the Bulls limp 100-80 surrender against Boston on Sunday. It was Rondo's first start since late December.

quot;We had to make a change,quot; Hoiberg said. quot;We had five straight losses and we had to shake things up, and that's what we decided to do to try to inject some pace into our team,quot; Hoiberg added, singling out Rondo for praise.

quot;Hopefully he'll play well the rest of the year and hopefully he'll continue to inject life into our team.quot;

Dwyane Wade, who scored 23 points, said Rondo's speed had been the key to a rejuvenated performance.

quot;What Rondo brings to the game is his pace, which allows us to get the ball up the court and we're moving the ball and our bodies are moving as well,quot; Wade said.

quot;It's easy basketball to play, so it becomes contagious. It starts at our point guard, and then it goes down the line.quot;



The Peninsula

  MENA News Headlines
 Apr 29 2017 - A NATO without Turkey would be weak: Alliance chiefTrend News Agency
(MENAFN - Trend News Agency ) The head of NATO has warned that a NATO without Turkey would be weak, Anadolu reported. "Without doubt, NATO would suffer from weakness without Turkey," ...

 Apr 29 2017 - Anti-Daesh coalition patrolling Turkey-Syria borderTrend News Agency
(MENAFN - Trend News Agency ) Anti-Daesh coalition forces are patrolling the Turkey-Syria border in the wake of Turkey's counter-terrorism operation in Iraq and Syria, U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) ...

 Apr 29 2017 - Iran says US seized $3.5B of its assets in 'highway robbery'Trend News Agency
(MENAFN - Trend News Agency ) Tehran, Iran, Apr. 29 By Mehdi Sepahvand – Trend: The US government seized $3.5 billion assets of the Central Bank of Iran in an act that can surely be called ...

 Apr 29 2017 - Iran, Russia defense ministers discuss Syria crisis in MoscowTrend News Agency
(MENAFN - Trend News Agency ) Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr. 27 By Fatih Karimov – Trend: Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan and his Russian counterpart, Sergei Shoigu, held ...

 Apr 29 2017 - Uzbekistan, Kuwait hold first round of political consultationsTrend News Agency
(MENAFN - Trend News Agency ) Tashkent, Uzbekistan, April 27 By Demir Azizov– Trend: The first round of political consultations between the foreign ministries of Uzbekistan and Kuwait was ...

 Apr 29 2017 - Russia fulfilled its S-300 missile system deal with Iran - Rostec CEOTrend News Agency
(MENAFN - Trend News Agency ) Last year, Russia fulfilled all its commitments under the contract to deliver S-300 air defense systems to Iran, said Sergei Chemezov, the CEO of Russia's state ...

 Apr 29 2017 - Azerbaijani currency rates for April 28 (UPDATE)Trend News Agency
(MENAFN - Trend News Agency ) Details added (first version posted on 09:33) Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr. 28 Trend: Official exchange rate of the US dollar and euro to Azerbaijani manat for ...

 Apr 29 2017 - OPEC oil price dropsTrend News Agency
(MENAFN - Trend News Agency ) Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr. 28 By Elena Kosolapova– Trend: The price of OPEC basket of thirteen crudes stood at $48.90 a barrel on April 27, compared with $49.63 the ...

 Apr 29 2017 - Tase: EU measures on Ankara divert attention from real challengesTrend News Agency
(MENAFN - Trend News Agency ) Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr. 28 By Anakhanum Hidayatova – Trend: PACE's decision to bring back monitoring of Turkey's commitment to its obligations to the Council of ...

 Apr 29 2017 - Iran commander thanks health minister for helping 'resistance' in SyriaTrend News Agency
(MENAFN - Trend News Agency ) Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr. 28 By Khalid Kazimov – Trend: The Commander of Iran's Quds Force Qassem Soleimani in a letter to Health Minister Mehdi Qazizadeh Hashemi ...





Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

Search News
Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices


Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks

Saudi Arabia 

Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary

Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor


Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters

© 2014 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help