Monday NBA Roundup: Kawhi Leonard Shrinking Gap Between Spurs and Warriors

December 21st, 2015 by Grant Hughes Leave a reply »

Kawhi Leonard didn't win the matchup against Paul George on Monday at the AT&T Center.

He consumed it whole, transmuted it into pure photoelectric energy and released it from his eyes in searing beams that vaporized George, the Indiana Pacers and the lingering notion that the San Antonio Spurs lack anything they need to make a run at a sixth championship this season.

At least it felt that way.

With 24 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals, Leonard continued his brilliant season, helping San Antonio separate itself late in a 106-92 home win. Quietly, because he is nothing if not quiet, the Spurs small forward has posted offensive efficiency rates you'd readily associate with a one-dimensional scoring savant, per Synergy Sports Tech:

Or an MVP:

There were even moments when Leonard's balance, touch and offensive creativity were legitimately Stephen Curry-like:

The difference is that Leonard gets his silly scoring numbers while playing the league's best perimeter defense. And George found out all about it Monday, shooting ...

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