SAN ANTONIO (AP) Kawhi Leonard had 34 points and the San Antonio Spurs overcame a strong start by the Minnesota Timberwolves for a 122-114 victory Tuesday night. Leonard’s fourth straight 30-point game helped him become the first San Antonio player to score 950 points in the first half of a season since Tim Duncan in 2003. Coming off a career-high 38 on Saturday against Phoenix in Mexico City, Leonard was 12 for 17 from the field. LaMarcus Aldridge added 29 points on 12-for-20 shooting, spoiling Minnesota coach Tom Thibodeau’s 59th birthday. San Antonio had difficulty with Minnesota’s explosive starting lineup. Karl-Anthony Towns had 27 points and 16 rebounds, and Ricky Rubio added 21 points
Four days ago, I wrote that the New York Knicks had better hope their at-the-buzzer loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, their ninth loss in 10 games, meant they’d reached rock bottom. On Sunday, Jeff Hornacek’s crew reminded me, and Knicks fans everywhere, that it can always get worse … and that when you’re talking about the ‘Bockers, there can always be more palace intrigue and soap-opera dramatics, too. The Knicks’ Sunday matinee against the Toronto Raptors went about how you’d expect a meeting between the NBA’s No. 1 offense and sixth-worst defense to unfold.
Maurice Watson Jr. “heard it pop.” And although postgame testing suggested otherwise, Watson’s initial instinct was, unfortunately, correct. An MRI showed Tuesday that Creighton’s senior point guard, the nation’s leader in assists, tore the ACL in his left knee during the first half of Monday’s win over Xavier. Watson announced the news on social media, and Creighton later confirmed it in a press release.