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Mavs top Spurs, spoil Leonard's debut

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(TSX / STATS) -- DALLAS -- Kawhi Leonard made his long-anticipated season debut Tuesday night and looked to be in midseason form, although his San Antonio Spurs fell apart in the fourth quarter without him and lost to the Dallas Mavericks 95-89 at American Airlines Center.

The Spurs' All-Star forward missed the first 27 games of the season because of a quad injury. Upon returning to the starting lineup, he quickly displayed his all-around excellence, producing 13 points on 6-of-12 shooting and adding six rebounds, one assist, one steal and a block.

He did it all in only 16 minutes as coach Gregg Popovich promised a gradual reintroduction. Leonard's lone offensive rebound was a tip-out to himself that led to a bucket for a 55-50 Spurs lead midway through the third quarter, and Popovich pulled him soon after.

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Rebounds Per Game
Rank Name RPG
1 A. Drummond, Det15.1
2 D. Jordan, LAC14.4
3 D. Cousins, NO12.5
4 D. Howard, Cha12.2
5 K. Towns, Min11.8
6 J. Embiid, Phi11.1
7 C. Capela, Hou11.0
8 N. Jokic, Den10.6
9 A. Davis, NO10.6
10 K. Love, Cle10.4
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Blocks Per Game
Rank Name BPG
1 M. Turner, Ind2.40
2 K. Porzingis, NY2.17
3 K. Durant, GS2.13
4 J. Embiid, Phi1.91
5 C. Capela, Hou1.80
6 A. Davis, NO1.78
7 G. Antetokounmpo, Mil1.63
8 B. Lopez, LAL1.62
9 J. Henson, Mil1.58
10 D. Cousins, NO1.54
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