POTG: Kawhi Leonard
The San Antonio Spurs extended their winning streak to three, concluding their first week of NBA action on a good note with a 79-72 win over the Utah Jazz.
The Spurs played their brand of basketball in the first quarter. They dictated the pace and flowed smoothly both offensively and defensively.
"We had cohesiveness out there. The ball was moving around well and as a team we were doing everything we have practiced." Tim Duncan said. He finished with a modest 9 points and 4 rebounds in just 18 minutes.
It was another good night for Kawhi Leonard, who put in 17 points going 6-8 from the field. Leonard is shooting 68% from the field after three games.
"Our ability to spread the floor as a team was shown tonight. Although we got a little too sloppy after the first quarter as we became too confident with our lead, we were able to hold on primarily due to good defense," Leonard spoke in the post-game press conference.
Defense definitely was the Spurs brightest spot, holding the Jazz to just 43% from the field.
The Spurs can look to improve their offensive execution as they prepare to face the Pacers on Monday. Turning the ball over 15 times is not something Gregg Popovich likes to see. Nor is 2-11 from three.
"I mean you have those nights where everything doesn't just go your way. We want to limit those nights as much as possible of course and we're lucky we were able to get the win with bad performance in those two categories. Our transition defense helped make our turnovers less negative than they could have been," said Popovich post-game.
San Antonio will enjoy a day off on Sunday before they face the Pacers on Monday, their third game in a row at home.