(SportsNetwork.com) - The San Antonio Spurs will try to complete a quick
eastern sweep on Monday night when they visit the surprising leaders of the
Atlantic Division, the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Spurs clobbered the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden Sunday
San Antonio shot 53.9 percent from the field on Sunday, 42.9 percent from long
range and 86.7 percent from the foul line. They held the Knicks under 40
percent from the field and under 30 percent from the 3-point line.
Danny Green shot the 3-ball like it was the NBA Finals. Green, who set the
record for the most 3-pointers made in a Finals series, went 6-for-9 from
beyond the arc and finished with 24 points. He also pulled down 10 rebounds.
"He played well," Tony Parker said of Green. "He's a shooter, so he's going to
shoot the ball and tonight he made them."
Kawhi Leonard, who came off the bench on Sunday in favor of Marco Belinelli,
scored 18 points and Patty Mills had 15 for the second unit. Parker finished
with 17 points and Tim Duncan managed a double-double with 11 points and 10
On Monday night, he will face a former assistant coach, Brett Brown, the new
skipper for the surging 76ers.
Philly leads the Atlantic Division by a game over the Boston Celtics and
Toronto Raptors. It's like the division is playing exactly the opposite as
expected with the Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks at the bottom.
The Sixers are doing it with offense, ranking fourth in league in scoring.
Problem is, Philly is dead last in the NBA in opponents' scoring, allowing
Those numbers were skewered by Saturday's double-overtime, 127-125 loss in
Cleveland to the Cavaliers. After topping the Cavs at home on Friday, the
Sixers couldn't contain Kyrie Irving late.
"That was a great NBA game, and to continue to fight and continue to try to
find any way possible to stay in the game and try to find a way to win," Brown
said. "I'm proud of them. The only negative of tonight is that we lost."
All five Sixers starters played over 42 minutes and were led by 31 points and
10 rebounds from Evan Turner. Thaddeus Young had 29 points, followed by 21
from rookie Michael Carter-Williams, who also handed out 13 assists. Spencer
Hawes chipped in 13 points and 11 rebounds.
The Spurs have taken four in a row against the Sixers, dating back the past
two seasons. San Antonio has won two straight in Philly, but lost the four
previous contests in the City of Brotherly Love.
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