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Leonard coming off career high as Spurs visit struggling Nets

San Antonio Spurs' Kawhi Leonard shoots against the Cleveland Cavaliers

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It seems there’s no stopping Kawhi Leonard. The superstar regularly leads the San Antonio Spurs in scoring, averaging 25.5 points per game this season. His latest performance was in Saturday’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers; Leonard scored a career-best 41 points on 15-of-30 shooting.

“I’m just in a groove,” he said coolly.

Now he’s riding that high into tonight’s matchup vs. the Brooklyn Nets – and it’s a good thing, as the Spurs are without Pau Gasol and Tony Parker at the moment.

David Lee is filling in for Gasol at center, likely for the next four to six weeks, and has so far recorded consecutive double-doubles. In the last two games (since Gasol was injured), Lee finished with 10 points and 16 rebounds and 14 points and 11 rebounds, respectively.

Rookie Dejounte Murray has started the last two games in place of Parker. He’s put up some good numbers so far: a career-high 24 points on 7-of-11 shooting on Thursday and 14 points on 7-of-10 on Saturday.

Even minus two of their key players, the Spurs rank much higher than the Nets – which isn’t necessarily saying much. They’ve lost 12 of their last 13 games and are 9-34 (15th in the Eastern Conference) overall. They had a bit of a respite with an impressive 143-114 win over New Orleans on Friday – but then fell to Charlotte on Saturday.

This won’t be much of a game. Unless the Spurs don’t show up, the Nets are going down.

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