Spurs equal Warriors for top record with win

San Antonio Spurs forward La Marcus Aldridge runs up court during the first half in Game 2 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday

Leonard took a shot to the side of the head during the game in Oklahoma City and missed Saturday's game against the Warriors since he was in concussion protocol.

The Golden State Warriors (52-14) are out to end a three-game losing streak when they host the Philadelphia 76ers (24-42) 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.

Dennis Schroder with 22 points and 10 assists for the Hawks, who saw their three-game winning streak end. And the Spurs, in all their decades of success, have never had a player - not even Tim Duncan - who has carried such a large load for as good a team as Kawhi Leonard has done this season.

"All teams make mistakes - nobody plays a ideal game", Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. Nikola Vucevic had 23 points and nine rebounds for the Magic.

Leonard said he has fully recovered from his concussion which had left him complaining of headaches and blurred vision in his left eye. "Our trainers did a good job of getting me prepared".

Ricky Rubio continued his impressive stretch with 22 points and 19 assists, and Karl-Anthony Towns added 39 points and 13 rebounds to lead Minnesota.


DeMar DeRozan scored 25 points, and added six rebounds and two assists to lead Toronto.

The Raptors led by 13 entering the fourth quarter, then opened the period with a 10-2 run that extended the lead to 21 in the opener of the Mavericks' four-game road swing.

Norman Powell added 19 points for the Raptors while Jonas Valanciunas contributed 14 points and nabbed 12 rebounds. Harrison Barnes had 18 points and Dirk Nowitzki had 17 for the Mavericks.

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.

Gordon Hayward had a team-high 27 points for the Jazz, while Chris Paul posted 33 for the Clippers. "We had five straight losses and we had to shake things up, and that's what we made a decision to do to try to inject some pace into our team", Hoiberg added, singling out Rondo for praise.

Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler each had 23 points for the Bulls (32-35), who got a needed win to boost their hopes of earning the eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

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