Leonard scores 32 in return as Spurs top Sixers

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PHILADELPHIA,PA - FEBRUARY 8 : Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs drives to the basket against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center on February 8, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

Highlights:

The way Spurs coach Gregg Popovich spoke about his team after their win in Philadelphia, you’d think it was a loss. It just shows despite a solid record, the future Hall of Fame coach is still unhappy with his team’s play as we near the All-Star break.

Kawhi Leonard scored 32 points as he led the Spurs to a 111-103 over the Philadelphia 76ers inside the Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday night.

Tony Parker added 18 points and LaMarcus Aldridge chipped in 15 points and 10 rebounds for San Antonio, who bounced back from their loss in Memphis.

Danny Green had 11 points as all five San Antonio starters were in double figures.

“I’m totally impressed with the Sixers,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “We didn’t play a good 48 minutes. We played good the last three, four, five. We didn’t move that well. We didn’t get that many assists. We held the ball. We turned it over. It was very disappointing.”

The Sixers were led by Dario Saric and Jahlil Okafor, who both had 20 points. The loss for Philadelphia (18-34), have lost five straight games.

Road trippin’: The Spurs are on their annual Rodeo Road Trip and won their first game of the journey. The Silver and Black have never had a losing record on the trip since it began back in 2003.

Up next: The Spurs are now 40-12 on the season and will return to the court on Friday when they make a stop in Michigan to face the Detroit Pistons at 6 p.m.

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Stephen Michael 26, is a journalist, social media coordinator, host, and entertainment reporter. Michael graduated in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts and earned a Master's Degree in Digital Media in 2020 from the University of the Incarnate Word. He has worked covering the San Antonio Rampage, Stars, and San Antonio Futbol Club. He was the host of the Project Spurs Roundtable on NBC affiliate News 4 San Antonio from 2015-17.

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