Kawhi Leonard returns, Spurs tie Warriors for best record in NBA


AP

Published 11:03 p.m. ET March 13, 2017 | Updated 2 hours ago

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The Spurs made mistakes, missed shots and looked lost at times offensively, yet Gregg Popovich was pleased.

Overcoming a season-high 23 turnovers with a strong defensive showing kept the Spurs from getting into real trouble with their coach and the Atlanta Hawks.

Kawhi Leonard scored 31 points in his return from a concussion and San Antonio tied Golden State for the NBA’s best record with a 107-99 victory on Monday night.

“I was really pleased that they continue to guard and hustle the way they did despite being sloppy with the ball,” Popovich said.

San Antonio made a season-high 16 3-pointers in its 19th straight home victory over Atlanta. The Spurs and Warriors are 52-14 with 16 games remaining, including the final regular-season matchup between them on March 29.

Atlanta point guard Dennis Schroder had 22 points and 10 assists. Tim Hardaway Jr. added 17 points, but the Hawks had their…

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