NBA Capsules: Leonard's 31 points leads San Antonio Spurs past Atlanta Hawks

Vince Carter, making his first start of the season, scored 24 points and Mike Conley added 20 points and 10 assists to lead Memphis.

Leonard took a shot to the side of the head during the game in Oklahoma City and missed Saturday's game against the Warriors since he was in concussion protocol.

San Antonio shot 48 percent for the game and were 16 for 34 from the three-point line.

Leonard finished with 31 points five rebounds and four assists in almost 39 minutes. Now the centerpiece of the club, Leonard has led the Spurs to a 52-14 record and a tie for the best record in the Western Conference with 16 games remaining.

Milwaukee had its six-game winning streak, its longest in five seasons, snapped.

Lee finished the game with 14 points on 7 of 8 shooting and six rebounds.

Karl Anthony Towns led the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 119-104 victory over the Washington Wizards.

The Spurs re-established a 94-87 cushion via 3-pointers by Bryn Forbes and Danny Green and a dunk by Dewayne Dedmon, and San Antonio was too strong in the end game.

Minnesota reserve Nemanja Bjelica had his fourth double-double in his last seven games with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Butler (23 points, 11 assists and six rebounds) guided them past the Hornets, while Nikola Mirotic was also impressive with 24 points and 11 rebounds.

Jeremy Lamb led the Hornets with 26 points.

Chris Paul scored a season-high 33 points for the Clippers, who fell two games behind Utah in the race for a top-four seed.

Gordon Hayward scored 27 points and hit four three-pointers to lead Utah to its first win over the Clippers this season.

Danilo Gallinari also scored 18 points and Mason Plumlee had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Nuggets, who were without Wilson Chandler (groin), Kenneth Faried (back) and Darrell Arthur (left knee soreness). "But overall, I was pleased with our defense, given the fact that we turned it over 23 times and still held Atlanta below 100 points".

TORONTO - DeMar DeRozan scored 25 points and added six rebounds and two assists to lead Toronto. Toronto swept the season series a year ago.

George Hill added 19 points, while Joe Ingles chipped in 18 points for the Jazz.

In Denver, Will Barton and Jamal Murray scored 22 points apiece and the Nuggets beat Los Angeles for their third win in a row, matching a season high.

The Raptors led by 13 entering the fourth quarter, then opened the period with a 10-2 run that extended the lead to 21 in the opener of the Mavericks' four-game road swing.

  • Julie Sanders