EVEN without top gun Kawhi Leonard, the undermanned San Antonio Spurs stayed on point in blowing out the hapless Brooklyn Nets, 112-86, at the Barclays Center on Monday (Tuesday, Manila time).
Seven players, including four reserves, scored in double figures for San Antonio. Patty Mills led the way with 20 points off the bench, while LaMarcus Aldridge chipped in 16 to put the Spurs to a 35-9 card after their fourth straight win.
The Spurs struggled at the start, trailing 15-6 early, but found their rhythm in the second quarter and never looked back after taking the lead late in the period. The second half was particularly telling for San Antonio, outscoring Brooklyn, 60-44, as the Spurs led by as much as 34 late in the fourth.
David Lee had 15 points off the bench for San Antonio, while Kyle Anderson got the start and added 14. Jonathon Simmons and Davis Bertans each had 11 markers for the Spurs.
Brooklyn has lost two in a row and fell to 9-35 despite Isaiah Whitehead and Sean Kilpatrick scoring 19 and 17 points, respectively, off the bench. Sean Dinwiddle added 13 points while Brook Lopez chipped in 12 markers.