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Leonard, Aldridge lead healthy Spurs past Nets, 109-97

SAN ANTONIO (AP) The Spurs' first game with every player healthy and available went as the team expected.

There was some hesitation and a rash of early turnovers, but they grew comfortable as the game progressed.

Kawhi Leonard scored 21 points, LaMarcus Aldridge added 20 and San Antonio beat Brooklyn 109-97 on Tuesday night, its 15th straight win at home over the Nets.

''(The rash of injuries is) very unusual for us, but we still have a month and a half until the rodeo (road trip) starts,'' Spurs veteran Manu Ginobili said. ''This is a good time to get everybody playing, everybody feeling good. Get Kawhi and Tony (Parker) back to their usual selves, back to their rhythm, feeling good and I think we are accomplishing that. Slowly, because they haven't been back for so long, but they are really showing progress.''

San Antonio is third in the Western Conference at 24-11 despite being without Leonard and/or Parker for 30 games this season.

Aldridge has led the team during the duo's absence and his resurgent season has not slowed with their return. The 6-foot-11 forward was 7 for 15 from the field and had nine rebounds against Brooklyn.

''You know, obviously, watching (Aldridge and Pau Gasol) play and see them do the things they do for our team is great, and it inspires everyone on the bench, me, even guys playing,'' Leonard said. ''But just with me, just taking it slow and trying not to skip any steps, like I said before, so I can be healthy down the road.''

Playing in just his fifth game, Leonard was 8 for 17 from the field in scoring a season high. He made his first appearance in the fourth quarter, scoring four points in three minutes.

''When Kawhi checked into the game in the fourth quarter, that wasn't a welcome sign,'' Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. ''It just changes the game. He makes such a difference. Defensively, it's just unbelievable. I felt like he was guarding our whole team at times.''

Playing with a full roster for the first time led to some indecision, as the Spurs scored just 19 points in the opening quarter while trying to involve all their scoring options.

''We went to being too careful,'' said reserve guard Patty Mills, who scored 11 points. ''That caused us to turn the ball over.''

San Antonio had nine of their 12 turnovers in the first half, but offset that by holding Brooklyn to 36 percent shooting.

Gasol added 15 points, Parker had 14 and Ginobili had 11.

The Nets kept pace early despite injuries to their top two point guards, D'Angelo Russell and Jeremy Lin.

Caris LeVert led Brooklyn with 18 points and Allen Crabbe added 15.

''I like the process. The results weren't great offensively but we did some good things,'' Atkinson said.

TIP-INS

Nets: Russell has not played since Nov. 11, missing his 20th straight game. He is expected to be back in the first half of January after undergoing left knee surgery Nov. 17. ... The Nets are 4-41 on the road against the Spurs in franchise history. Their last win in San Antonio in the regular season was a 92-86 victory on Jan. 22, 2002, at the Alamodome. ... Atkinson was assessed a technical foul with 6:45 left in the third quarter after bolting from his seat and running to midcourt to protest an offensive foul call on Crabbe.

Spurs: San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich has 1,174 career victories, placing him one shy of tying George Karl for fifth all-time. ... Gasol collected his 10,817th rebound, moving him past Jack Sikma for 30th in league history. ... Aldridge has led the Spurs in scoring 28 times in 33 games after doing so a combined 37 times in his first two seasons with the team. ... The Spurs are 16-2 at home, the league's best home record.

NOT ROCKET SCIENCE

Popovich shrugged off any difficulties he could face while trying to decide on rotations and minutes now that the Spurs roster is fully available.

''It's basketball, it's not the Middle East peace process,'' Popovich said. ''It's not figuring out why our democracy is being eroded. It's pick-and-roll. Big deal.''?

TIME WILL TELL

Ginobili said the team hopes to gel completely during the team's annual rodeo road trip, a monthlong excursion in February while the AT&T Center is hosting the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo.

''That's when we usually start getting the shape that we want in the playoffs,'' Ginobili said. ''So, that's when it starts and hopefully this year we are in the same mode and from there we keep building until April comes.''

WELCOME HOME

Former Spurs star Tim Duncan was in attendance for the second time this season. Duncan's only appearance last season came during his retirement ceremony.

UP NEXT

Nets: Visit New Orleans on Wednesday.

Spurs: Host New York on Thursday.

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Key Players
R. Hollis-Jefferson
24 SF
L. Aldridge
12 PF
33.4 Min. Per Game 33.4
22.2 Pts. Per Game 22.2
2.0 Ast. Per Game 2.0
8.4 Reb. Per Game 8.4
48.0 Field Goal % 49.6
48.6 Three Point % 49.6
80.8 Free Throw % 85.4
+ 1 Milton Doyle made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:17
+ 1 Milton Doyle made 1st of 2 free throws 0:17
  Personal foul on Bryn Forbes 0:17
+ 2 Dejounte Murray made finger-roll layup 0:26
  Defensive rebound by Davis Bertans 0:42
  Milton Doyle missed jump shot 0:46
  Personal foul on Bryn Forbes 0:54
  Defensive rebound by Jarrett Allen 0:54
  Bryn Forbes missed floating jump shot 0:59
  Defensive rebound by Dejounte Murray 1:09
  Quincy Acy missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:13
Team Stats
Points 97 109
Field Goals 39-93 (41.9%) 41-80 (51.3%)
3-Pointers 12-32 (37.5%) 7-16 (43.8%)
Free Throws 7-9 (77.8%) 20-24 (83.3%)
Total Rebounds 50 49
Offensive 12 5
Defensive 33 38
Team 5 6
Assists 23 18
Steals 5 7
Blocks 0 5
Turnovers 13 12
Fouls 18 14
Technicals 3 0
18 PTS, 5 AST
15 PTS, 12 REB, 5 AST
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away team logo Nets 12-21 1628252897
home team logo Spurs 24-11 19313029109
Team Stats
away team logo Nets 12-21 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Spurs 24-11 96.8 PPG 37.6 RPG 19.0 APG
Key Players
C. LeVert SG 12.1 PPG 3.7 RPG 4.2 APG 43.5 FG%
K. Leonard SF PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
C. LeVert SG 18 PTS 0 REB 5 AST
K. Leonard SF 21 PTS 2 REB 2 AST
41.9 FG% 51.3
37.5 3PT FG% 43.8
77.8 FT% 83.3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Crabbe 31 15 5 1 0 0 5 1 5/10 4/7 1/1 0 5 17 -7
R. Hollis-Jefferson 27 13 6 3 1 0 1 1 5/13 1/1 2/2 1 5 25 -4
S. Dinwiddie 26 12 0 7 0 0 0 3 5/9 2/2 0/0 0 0 26 -4
T. Zeller 18 8 8 1 0 0 1 2 4/9 0/1 0/0 2 6 17 -6
D. Carroll 27 2 4 3 2 0 1 2 1/10 0/3 0/0 1 3 13 -4
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Crabbe 31 15 5 1 0 0 5 1 5/10 4/7 1/1 0 5 17 -7
R. Hollis-Jefferson 27 13 6 3 1 0 1 1 5/13 1/1 2/2 1 5 25 -4
S. Dinwiddie 26 12 0 7 0 0 0 3 5/9 2/2 0/0 0 0 26 -4
T. Zeller 18 8 8 1 0 0 1 2 4/9 0/1 0/0 2 6 17 -6
D. Carroll 27 2 4 3 2 0 1 2 1/10 0/3 0/0 1 3 13 -4
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
C. LeVert 27 18 0 5 2 0 2 1 8/11 2/3 0/1 0 0 28 -16
J. Allen 21 12 9 1 0 0 2 3 6/11 0/1 0/0 5 4 21 -7
Q. Acy 19 8 10 0 0 0 0 4 3/12 2/10 0/0 1 9 18 +1
J. Harris 25 5 1 2 0 0 1 0 2/5 1/4 0/0 0 1 9 -13
M. Doyle 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 2/2 0 0 2 0
N. Stauskas 11 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 0/2 0/0 2/3 2 0 4 0
T. Mozgov - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Lin - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Okafor - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Russell - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Whitehead - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Wiley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 233 97 45 23 5 0 13 18 39/93 12/32 7/9 12 33 180 -60
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Leonard 26 21 2 2 0 0 0 0 8/17 2/5 3/4 0 2 27 +18
L. Aldridge 34 20 9 2 2 1 1 3 7/15 0/1 6/7 2 7 35 +8
P. Gasol 28 15 12 5 0 1 1 0 6/10 2/3 1/2 1 11 37 +12
T. Parker 24 14 4 1 0 0 3 0 6/10 1/1 1/2 0 4 17 +7
D. Green 23 4 2 1 1 1 0 3 2/4 0/0 0/0 0 2 10 -6
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Leonard 26 21 2 2 0 0 0 0 8/17 2/5 3/4 0 2 27 +18
L. Aldridge 34 20 9 2 2 1 1 3 7/15 0/1 6/7 2 7 35 +8
P. Gasol 28 15 12 5 0 1 1 0 6/10 2/3 1/2 1 11 37 +12
T. Parker 24 14 4 1 0 0 3 0 6/10 1/1 1/2 0 4 17 +7
D. Green 23 4 2 1 1 1 0 3 2/4 0/0 0/0 0 2 10 -6
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Ginobili 21 11 2 3 1 2 2 2 4/7 0/1 3/3 1 1 20 +8
P. Mills 21 11 0 0 0 0 1 3 2/4 2/3 5/5 0 0 10 +5
K. Anderson 18 5 5 0 2 0 1 0 2/3 0/0 1/1 0 5 11 +9
R. Gay 15 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 2/5 0/1 0/0 0 1 6 +8
D. Murray 4 2 3 1 0 0 1 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 3 6 -1
B. Forbes 13 2 1 1 1 0 0 2 1/3 0/1 0/0 0 1 6 -2
D. Bertans 4 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 1 4 -3
J. Lauvergne 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 -1 -3
D. Hilliard - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Paul - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Costello - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. White - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 109 43 18 7 5 12 14 41/80 7/16 20/24 5 38 188 +60