LOS ANGELES, USA – Kawhi Leonard scored a game-high 34 points as the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Houston Rockets 121-96 on Wednesday to level their NBA playoff series at one game each.
Leonard also delivered 8 assists and 7 rebounds for the Spurs, who now travel to Houston for games 3 and 4 of the best-of-7 second round Western Conference series.
“We were focused,” Leonard said. “We lost by 30 points last game so we didn’t want to disappoint the fans.”
San Antonio’s win could prove to be costly because of an injury to guard Tony Parker. The Frenchman had to be carried off the floor by teammates with 8:43 remaining after suffering a left leg injury.
San Antonio led 97-83 at the time of Parker’s injury. The incident took place when Parker missed a short layup and landed underneath the Rockets’ basket. He had scored 18 points before leaving the game.
Parker clutched his left knee as he lay on the floor. He was carted off by teammates Dewayne Dedmon and Dejounte Murray and did not look up as the crowd chanted his name.
“I just hope he is OK because we need him the next game,” Leonard said.
Parker is expected to undergo an MRI scan on Thursday.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said of Parker, “It is not good.”
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 15 points for the Spurs while Jonathon Simmons added 14 points and Danny Green scored his 12 points all in the first half. – Rappler.com
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