Brandon Davies was back in the starting lineup as the Philadelphia 76ers dropped to 0-17 on the year with a 109-103 home loss to the San Antonio Spurs.
The absence of Tim Duncan and Tony Parker as well as a solid shooting night from behind the arc wasn’t enough to propel the 76ers to their first win of the season. Philadelphia hit 12 of 29 attempts from 3-point land (41.4 percent), but made just 15 of 25 free-throw in the loss.
The Spurs were led by Kawhi Leonard who had 26 points on 9 of 15 shooting to go along with 10 rebounds, four assists and a pair of steals. San Antonio got solid outings from their replacement starters. Aron Baynes had 15 points on 6 of 9 shooting and nine rebounds while Cory Joseph had 14 points, eight rebounds and six assists. The Spurs also got plenty of help off the bench as Manu Ginobili and Matt Bonner had very efficient nights in limited minutes. Ginobili had 14 points and three assists in 13 minutes while Bonner chipped in with 12 points on 5 of 5 shooting, including 2 of 2 from beyond the arc in 14 minutes.
Michael Carter-Williams led the charge for the 76ers with 24 points, 11 rebounds and seven steals. The Sixers also got nice production out of Alexey Shved and K.J. McDaniels off the bench. Shved had 19 points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals while McDaniels registered 10 points, nine rebounds, three steals, two assists and two blocks.
Brandon Davies saw 18:35 of action and came away with eight points on 3 of 7 shooting from the floor and 2 of 3 from the free-throw line. He added three assists and two rebounds, including one on the offensive end.
Up next for Davies and the 76ers is a trip to Minnesota to face the Timberwolves on Wednesday.