San Antonio Spurs Squeeze Past Philadelphia 76ers, 109-103, Without Tim Duncan And Tony Parker

The San Antonio Spurs beat the winless Philadelphia 76ers on the road, 109-103. Kawhi Leonard led the way for the Spurs with 26 points on 9-of-15 from the field and also added 10 rebounds and four assists. Aron Baynes played well for the spurs with 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting and nine rebounds. 

Cory Joseph had 14 points, eight rebounds, and six assists, as he replaced the injured Tony Parker in the starting lineup. Matt Bonner was a perfect 5-for-5 from the field and had 2 three pointers. Manu had 14 points in 13 minutes off the bench. 

Tony Parker was out tonight with bruised ribs, and Tim Duncan was also out of the lineup to rest after playing yesterday. The Spurs shot only 43 percent from the field but held the 76ers to 42.7 percent. The Spurs also made 13 more costless throws than the 76ers. 

The San Antonio Spurs are now on a eight-game winning streak after they were just 6-4 the first 10 games of the season. They now improve to 13-4. The Spurs are playing very well right now despite a few injured players. Tiago Splitter and Patty Mills have been out all season, and Marco Belinelli has missed significant time but came back in the lineup a couple of games ago. Belinelli only shot 3-of-13 from the field tonight, so he might not be quite in rhythm yet. 

For the 76ers, Michael Carter-Williams had another huge night with 24 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists. Alexey Shved contributed well off the bench with 19 points, four rebounds, and four assists in 28 minutes. 

Henry Sims put in 12 points on 5-of-9 from the field to go along with five rebounds in 25 minutes. Robert Covington had nine points with 3 three pointers off the bench. Nerlens Noel was out tonight with a hip injury. 

The 76ers are now 0-17 on the season. This is one of the worst starts in NBA history by one team. The Sixers have gone into full rebuilding mode, but it is still shameful that they cannot win a game. 

Joel Embiid, the third overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft, is likely to miss all season for the 76ers. It's likely going to take many years for the 76ers to be good, but they'll have a few talented pieces on their team in a year or two. Michael Carter-Williams, Nerleans Noel, and Joel Embiid all have the potential to become stars in their prime, and they will likely have a top pick in next year's draft. Rookie K.J. McDaniels has also shown potential so far this season. 

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