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 club-worst losing streak at the start of the season to 0-17.
The Spurs (13-4) played without stars Tim Duncan (rested) 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, while Manu Ginobili and Cory Joseph each added 14 for San Antonio, who won their eighth straight. Leonard also had 10 rebounds while tying a career-high in points.
Michael Carter-Williams had 24 points and 11 rebounds, while Alexey Shved chipped in 19 points for Philadelphia.
Philadelphia became just the fourth team in league history to open a season with 17 losses, joining the 1998-1999 Clippers (0-17), 1988-1989 Heat (0-17) and the 2009-2010 Nets (0-18).
The 76ers can tie the Nets for the worst start in NBA history today in Minnesota with a potential chance to break the record at home on Friday against Oklahoma City.
Denver’s Ty Lawson had 15 points and made a double-pump jumper to beat the shot clock with 29.6 seconds left to boost the Nuggets over the Utah Jazz 103-101.
The game heated up after Arron Afflalo was ejected and the Jazz stormed back from a 22-point deficit to tie the game in the final minutes.
Lawson, who also had 12 assists, made the game-winner from the left wing between two Jazz defenders.
Gordon Hayward scored 25 points, Alec Burks had 22 and Trey Burke chipped in 18, but Utah’s losing streak hit six games — the longest skid since March 10 to March 19 last season.
In Washington, John Wall had 18 points and 13 assists as the Wizards made their first seven three-pointers to beat the Miami Heat 107-86.
The Wizards held the Heat to two for 22 from beyond the arc for the game.
Rasual Butler scored 23, while Marcin Gortat added 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Wizards, who never trailed and led by 21 in the first half and 25 in the second.
Chris Bosh led Miami with 21 points, while Dwyane Wade had 20 in his second game back from an injured right hamstring.
The Los Angeles Clippers downed the Minnesota Timberwolves 127-101 in the most successful road trip in club history after Blake Griffin and J.J. Redick each scored 23 points before sitting out the fourth quarter.
DeAndre Jordan had 13 rebounds and 11 points for the Clippers, who won their fifth in a row following their 6-1 trip and beat Minnesota for the 10th straight time.
Shabazz Muhammad had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Timberwolves.
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