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Leonard has double-double to lead Spurs past Grizzlies

By RAUL DOMINGUEZ
Associated Press

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Kawhi Leonard had 25 points and 10 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs cruised to a 103-89 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday.

San Antonio never trailed and won for the 13th time in 16 games to remain sixth in the Western Conference - 1 1/2 games ahead of Dallas and one game behind the Clippers.

Leonard had 10 points in the fourth and Tony Parker had nine of his 17 in the quarter. Tiago Splitter finished with 15 points and Tim Duncan and Boris Diaw scored 10 apiece.

The Spurs shot 51 percent from the field in handing the Grizzlies their third straight loss.

Zach Randolph had 20 points and 13 rebounds for Memphis, and Jeff Green scored 19 points.

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Kawhi Leonard had 25 points and 10 rebounds and the San Antonio Spurs cruised to a 103-89 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday.

San Antonio never trailed and won for the 13th time in 16 games to remain sixth in the Western Conference - 1 1/2 games ahead of Dallas and one game behind the Clippers.

Leonard had 10 points in the fourth and Tony Parker had nine of his 17 in the quarter. Tiago Splitter finished with 15 points and Tim Duncan and Boris Diaw scored 10 apiece.

The Spurs shot 51 percent from the field and had 25 assists in handing the Grizzlies their third straight loss.

Zach Randolph had 20 points and 13 rebounds and Jeff Green had 19 for Memphis, which dropped into a tie with Houston for second in the West.

Leonard shot 6 for 7 from the field in the fourth quarter, including his only 3-pointer of the game. He had a slow start offensively, but had a steal early that set up one of the game's highlights.

With the crowd buzzing in anticipation of a thunderous dunk by Leonard, he pulled up at the free-throw line from a full sprint and threw a bounce pass to a trailing Duncan for a one-handed dunk.

Parker also had a big fourth quarter, going 4 for 6 from the field.

Randolph normally struggles against the Spurs' physical defense, but he had no such troubles Sunday. He was 9 for 16 in 33 minutes.

Instead, it was Marc Gasol who had trouble scoring early. He started the game 1 for 6, including an air ball from 17 feet in the final minute of the first half. Gasol finished with 16 points on 7-for-15 shooting.

TIP-INS

Grizzlies: Memphis G Tony Allen (strained left hamstring) did not play. ... Memphis' longest losing streak of the season is four games from Dec. 19 to Dec. 26. The Grizzlies have four two-game skids, but this is the team's first three-game slide. ... Randolph is averaging a double-double for the ninth time in his 14-year career. ... Memphis is 16-2 when shooting 50 percent or better from the field. The Grizzlies shot 44 percent Sunday.

Spurs: San Antonio C Aron Baynes returned from a three-game absence due to a sprained right ankle. He had four points and seven rebounds in 18 minutes. ... Splitter fell to the court after an inadvertent elbow from Gasol to the side of the head late in the first half. Splitter remained on the floor for about a minute before rising for a couple of free throws on Gasol's foul. He remained in the game.

UP NEXT

Grizzlies: Host Sacramento on Monday.

Spurs: At Miami on Tuesday.

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