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The Spurs, playing without Kawhi Leonard and Manu Ginobili, got a scare from the young Philadelphia 76ers last night in the final minutes. The Spurs led by as many as 19 points, but could never put the game out of reach. The Spurs had good ball movement at times in the 1st half, but had stretches where it got stagnant. Tony Parker got off to a good start with 8 quick points, coming off a baseline teardrop, a mid-range jumper, and a couple of free throws. Since the rest of the team shot 5-23 in the quarter, the Spurs couldn’t put the 76ers away early. LaMarcus Aldridge, Patty Mills, and Danny Green all misses multiple open shots. On the bright side, the Spurs got some unexpected contributions from Ray McCallum, who used his speed to get open shots at the rim, and they got some strong defense from Tim Duncan and Kyle Anderson. The Spurs led 20-12 at the end of the 1st quarter.