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Leonard scores 20 to lead Spurs to win over Pistons
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Kawhi Leonard continued his strong start to the preseason by scoring 20 points in 25 minutes for the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night.

The All-Star forward added eight rebounds, three steals and two assists while leading the Spurs to an 86-81 win over the Detroit Pistons.



Kemba Walker had 15 points to lead Charlotte.

Zach LaVine had 30 points in 28 minutes, shooting 13 for 20 from the field, including four 3-pointers in the loss.

TIMBERWOLVES: Reigning Rookie of the Year Karl-Anthony Towns scored just four points on 2-of-6 shooting and grabbed six rebounds.

HORNETS: Frank Kaminsky had 17 points off the bench, including four triples for the big man. 

UP NEXT: The Timberwolves (1-1) host the Nuggets on Wednesday. The Hornets (1-2) travel to face the Bulls on Oct. 17.



ATLANTA — Dwight Howard scored 26 points in his home preseason debut with the Hawks as the Cavaliers rested LeBron James and other starters.

CAVALIERS: James also will be held out of the next two preseason games before playing on Oct. 18 against Washington at Ohio State in the Cavaliers’ final preseason game.

HAWKS: F Paul Millsap is moving closer to returning from a non-surgical procedure to reduce swelling in his right knee. Millsap is on pace to be ready for the regular season. 

UP NEXT: The Cavaliers (2-1) play at home against Toronto on Thursday. The Hawks (2-1) play another home game against Detroit on Thursday.



Carmelo Anthony had his highest point total of the preseason as he scored 19 points, including four 3-pointers, during the victory.

KNICKS: Kristaps Porzingis scored 15 for the Knicks, but hit just 1 of 6 3-pointers. Derrick Rose did not travel with the team.

WIZARDS: John Wall was held to eight points in 16 minutes, but handed out four assists.

UP NEXT: The Knicks (2-1) host the Boston Celtics on Saturday. The Wizards (1-2) host the 76ers on Thursday.

KINGS 135,


Ben McLemore scored 18 points on 7 for 13 shooting off the bench for the Kings.

KINGS: DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Tolliver had 14 apiece. ... Ty Lawson added 13 points, eight assists and seven rebounds.

MACCABI HAIFA: Jarrid Famous scored 14 points and had eight rebounds. ... Alex Perez finished with 14.

UP NEXT: The Kings (1-2) face the Lakers in Las Vegas on Thursday.


Dante Exum stripped Jamaal Crawford with 5.1 seconds left to secure the victory.

JAZZ: Rodney Hood scored a game-high 17 points. ... Shelvin Mack scored 12 on 5-of-8 shooting off the bench.

CLIPPERS: Three-time Sixth Man of the Year Crawford had his best game of the preseason with 16 points

UP NEXT: The Jazz (2-1) host the Suns on Wednesday. The Clippers (1-2) host the Trail Blazers on Thursday.