Kawhi Leonard leads Spurs past Cavaliers in overtime


Published 11:31 p.m. ET Jan. 21, 2017 | Updated 42 minutes ago


The San Antonio Spurs defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 118-115 in overtime on Saturday night behind a career high 41 points from Kawhi Leonard.

CLEVELAND — As Kawhi Leonard peeled the ice bag off his swollen left hand, Manu Ginobili hobbled through San Antonio’s locker room, his back stiffened from a run-in with LeBron James.

And 20 minutes after the game, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was in sweats still going over his team’s defensive breakdown in the final seconds.

“We messed up on that last play,” Leonard said. “We could easily be in double overtime right now.”

The Spurs may not have survived it.

Leonard scored a career-high 41 points, LaMarcus Aldridge had 16 points and 12 rebounds, and San Antonio downed Cleveland 118-115 despite missing starters Tony Parker and Pau Gasol.

Leonard scored six in OT, including a game-sealing dunk with 4.9 seconds left, as the Spurs regrouped after a late collapse in regulation.


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