NBA: Leonard leads Spurs as Pelicans overcome Pistons
02 Mar 2017 - 22:59
Los Angeles: Kawhi Leonard nailed a clutch jump shot with two seconds remaining to lift the San Antonio Spurs to a 100-99 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday.
Leonard's game winning shot capped a 31-point performance for the American in front of a crowd of 18,400 at the AT&T Center arena.
Leonard drained the shot despite being guarded by Pacers star Paul George. It was then George's turn at glory but his shot from beyond the arc bounced harmlessly off the rim, ending the contest.
"Coach drew up a good play and LaMarcus (Aldridge) set a good screen for me," Leonard said about his final shot.
The Spurs led 98-97 before Danny Green missed a layup with 1:46 to play. Myles Turner took advantage on the other end with a jumper 11 seconds later to give Indiana a 99-98 lead.
After a pair of empty possessions by both teams, Monta Ellis missed two free throws for the Pacers with nine seconds to play, giving San Antonio a final shot at the victory. Elsewhere, Anthony Davis reached the 7,000 point milestone and Jrue Holiday snapped his scoring slump as the New Orleans Pelicans defeated the Detroit Pistons 109-86.
Davis scored 24 of his game high 33 points in the opening half to become the seventh-youngest player in league history to score 7,000 points.
Holiday finished with 22 points for the Pelicans who improved to 24-37 and ended a three game losing streak.
Forward Jon Leuer led the Pistons with 22 points, while center Andre Drummond was ejected late in the third quarter on a foul and finished with 13 points and 17 rebounds.