The San Antonio Spurs came into Milwaukee without All-Star point guard Tony Parker, who remained back in the Alamo City. However, the Silver and Black would not need him as they easily cruised to win number 30 on the season.
Kawhi Leonard scored 24 points and led the Spurs to a 123-98 rout of the Milwaukee Bucks inside the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Monday night.
LaMarcus Aldridge added 16 points and 11 rebounds. Tim Duncan rebounded from his first scoreless game in his career to post 14 points and 10 boards for San Antonio. Patty Mills scored 10 points in his first start of the season in place of Parker.
San Antonio pulled away in the third quarter, outscoring Milwaukee 31-19. Leonard scored 10 of his 24 points in the quarter. Rookie Jonathan Simmons had a career night with 18 points on 6-of-7 shooting off the bench.
“He (Leonard) has been great at both ends of the floor,” Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich said. “He is one of very few two-way players in the league at that level.”
Milwaukee (14-22) was led by Khris Middleton who finished with 19 points. Michael Carter-Williams added 15 and Jabari Parker chipped in 14 for the Bucks, who shot just 25 percent from three-point range.
San Antonio outscored the Bucks 60-42 in the paint, Milwaukee was the leaders in points in paint coming into the contest.
The Spurs are now 30-6 on the season and will return to the court on Wednesday night when they welcome Derrick Favors and the Utah Jazz to the AT&T Center at 7:30 p.m.