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Spurs win 11th straight, defeat Lakers

Kawhi Leonard put up 22 points and added 10 rebounds, his fifth double-double of the season, to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a victory over the Los Angeles Lakers, 125-109. The Spurs picked up the victory due in large part to their efficiency handling the basketball, accumulating 34 assists and turning it over only 12 times. San Antonio (51-16) has now won 11 in a row, dating back to a 120-110 victory over the Detroit Pistons on February 26th.

Leonard finished 8-12 from the field (1-3 on 3-pointers) and 5-6 from the free throw line, in a solid performance. Other top performers for San Antonio were Tony Parker with 25 points and 5 assists, Manu Ginobili with 13 points and 6 assists, and Tim Duncan with 12 points and 16 rebounds. On 9-22 shooting (1-5 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 5-7 from the free throw line, Xavier Henry scored 24 points off the bench for Los Angeles in the loss. Ryan Kelly contributed 14 points and 6 rebounds and Kent Bazemore finished with 13 points and 6 steals.

Along with their eFG% of 58.9%, the Spurs connected at a rate of 44.4% from 3-point range. On the season, they are 24-2 when they record marks above 55% and 40% in those respective categories. Conversely, the Lakers are winless (0-11) when allowing their opponents to reach those percentages.

Los Angeles (22-45) has now lost three straight.

Coming up next, the Spurs take on the Sacramento Kings, who are 24-44 on the year. The Lakers match up against the Washington Wizards, currently 35-32 this season. The Spurs emerged victorious each of the last two times against Sacramento. The Lakers are 0-1 versus Washington this season.


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