The Spurs, minus two future hall-of-famers, really beat-down the Mavericks in Dallas on Friday night. In the first half they handed the Mavs their largest halftime deficit (36) in franchise history (third largest halftime deficit in NBA history), and when the game came to an official end, the Spurs won easily, 116-90.
Let's take a look at some of the plays that put this one away early for the Spurs and made Kawhi Leonard the winningest player, in terms of regular season games won, in NBA history through their first 300 games.
Chandler Parsons has Tony Parker on him, not a great matchup for The Wee Frenchman, but Kawhi Leonard sends David West to help Parker and Parsons ends up with a tough shot and miss. Kawhi and Danny Green beat Zaza Pachulia for the board to finish the successful defensive possession.
Let's give Boris Diaw, who had a quiet 5-5-4 line, some love. With Timmy out for so long, someone has to spin over their right shoulder in the post and Bobo picks up the slack here, getting a tough one to drop over Charlie V.
This is superb transition defense from the good guys. Great communication, great rotations and a great play from Jonathon Simmons to draw an offensive foul.
And here's some beautiful transition offense from the Spurs. This is too good. Look at the magnificence of Boris' no-look to Simmons.
Jonathon Simmons draws another charge. Manu-like.
Kawhi Leonard and the Spurs take advantage of some miscommunication on the part of the Mavs, which results in Kyle Anderson essentially being doubled while Whi is wide open in the left corner.
Wes Matthews is one of the best post-up guards in the game and Tony does a fantastic job on him.
One more from Tony before we finish with Kawhi's buckets.
Kawhi Leonard finished with 23 points on 9-of-16 from the field to lead the Spurs in scoring. Kawhi has now won 232 of his first 300 (77.3%) regular season games. That's ridiculous.