PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Kawhi Leonard scored 32 points, Tony Parker added 18 and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Philadelphia 76ers 111-103 on Wednesday night.

Jahlil Okafor had 20 points and eight rebounds, and Dario Saric also scored 20 for Philadelphia, which has lost five straight games.

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The Sixers were again without star center Joel Embiid. The rookie missed his sixth straight game because of a left knee contusion.

Philadelphia is 13-18 with Embiid, 5-16 without him.

The Spurs bounced back following a loss at Memphis and improved the NBA’s second-best record to 40-12.

After trailing the entire game, the Sixers pulled within 87-85 on a pair of free throws by Okafor with 7:35 left. But San Antonio went on a 16-5 run to put it away.

Danny Green’s 3-pointer made it 103-92 with 2:14 to go and sent fans to the exits.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Dewayne Dedmon added 10 points and 11 boards.

After the Spurs took a 13-point lead on Leonard’s 3-pointer late in the second quarter, the Sixers closed out the half on a 9-3 run to get within seven at 58-51. Dario Saric started it with a 3 and Nik Stauskas hit two in a row from beyond the arc.

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Spurs: Leonard was back in the lineup after missing one game because of a quad contusion. He has now scored in double figures in 81 straight games — the longest such streak by a Spurs player since Tim Duncan’s 91 straight in 2002-03. … Coach Gregg Popovich said Sixers coach Brett Brown is the “most incredible positive force I’ve ever been around.” Brown was a longtime assistant under Popovich before coming to Philadelphia in 2013. … They shot 62.9 percent (22 of 35) in the first half.

76ers: Embiid is expected to miss at least one more game. “He’s coming along fine. We’re just moving slowly, wisely,” Brown said. … No.
1 overall pick Ben Simmons is getting closer to making his NBA debut, but Brown doesn’t have a set date. He said Simmons needs five full practices before he plays his first game. … F Richaun Holmes didn’t play because of an upper respiratory infection. … The developmental league’s Delaware 87ers signed three-time NBA slam dunk champion Nate Robinson.


The Spurs are two games into their 15th annual rodeo road trip, when the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo takes over the AT&T Center. The Spurs will play eight games in seven cities, traveling 7,378 miles. They are 83-36 on the rodeo trip.


Four-time NBA All-Star Rasheed Wallace, a Philly native, was at the game. Director M. Night Shyamalan sat courtside with actor Bryan Cranston.


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Spurs: Visit the Detroit Pistons on Friday night.
76ers: Play at Orlando on Thursday night.