Sixers Late Run Falls Short, Lose to Spurs 109-103
PHILADELPHIA -- Kawhi Leonard scored a game-high 26 points and had a crucial three-point play in the final minute to help the San Antonio Spurs defeat the winless 76ers 109-103, extending Philadelphia's franchise-worst losing streak to start the season to 0-17.
The Spurs (13-4) played without stars Tim Duncan (rest) and Tony Parker (shoulder). Even without the duo's more than 31 points out of the lineup, San Antonio had little trouble dispatching Philadelphia. Aron Baynes scored 15 points and Manu Ginobili and Cory Joseph each added 14 for San Antonio, which won its eighth straight. Leonard also had 10 rebounds while tying a career-high in points.
Michael Carter-Williams had 24 points and 11 rebounds and Alexey Shved chipped in 19 points for Philadelphia.
The 76ers also were short-handed, as leading scorer Tony Wroten (knee) missed his second straight game and rookie first-round pick Nerlens Noel (hip) sat after getting injured in Sunday's practice.
Philadelphia became just the fourth team in league history to open a season with 17 losses, joining the 1998-99 Clippers (0-17), 1988-89 Heat (0-17) and the 2009-10 Nets (0-18). The 76ers can tie the Nets for the worst start in NBA history on Wednesday at Minnesota with a potential chance to break the record at home on Friday against Oklahoma City.
Philadelphia made a late run at the Spurs, pulling within 101-96 with 1 minute, 33 seconds remaining on Henry Sims' layup. But Leonard put the game away by converting a three-point play to make it 104-96 with 42.7 left.
The 76ers were competitive in their last three losses, losing by an average of 8.3 points per game to Portland, Brooklyn and Dallas, during this four-game homestand. They fell behind big early before battling back late.
The Spurs shot 49 percent (24-for-49) from the field and outrebounded Philadelphia 31-17 in the first half while taking a 61-46 lead.
Philadelphia scored seven of the first nine points of the third quarter to cut its 15-point halftime deficit to 10, 63-53, on Luc Mbah a Moute's layup with 10:28 left in the period. But the Spurs ran off nine straight points, ending with Boris Diaw's three-point play, to go in front 72-53 with 7:11 left in the period. And San Antonio ended the third quarter ahead 84-73.
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