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Sixers-Spurs: Intriguing matchup of youth vs. experience

Keith Pompey, STAFF WRITER

Updated: Wednesday, January 3, 2018, 9:52 AM

San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (right) had his best game since his return Tuesday against the Knicks.

San Antonio Spurs (25-12) at 76ers (17-19)

Wednesday at 7 p.m., at Wells Fargo Center

Talking points

Kawhi Leonard is coming off his best game since returning from a quadriceps injury on Dec. 12. The NBA all-star scored a season-high 25 points on 8-for-20 shooting in Tuesday night’s 100-91 victory over the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. He also had eight rebounds and four steals in the first time he played more than 30 minutes since his return. Power forward LaMarcus Aldridge added 29 points in the win.

Tony Parker (17th season), Pau Gasol (17th season), Rudy Gay (12th season), Manu Ginobili (16th season), and Aldridge (12th season) have each played more than 11 seasons in the league.

How to watch and follow the game

TV and streaming: NBC Sports Philadelphia Radio: 97.5 FM Twitter: @PompeyOnSixers Starting lineups

Spurs (26-12)

2 Kawhi Leonard SF 6-7 12.6 ppg 4.2 rpg.

12 LaMarcus Aldridge PF 6-11 22.2 ppg. 8.3 rpg.

16 Pau Gasol C 7-0 10.9 ppg. 8.3 rpg.

14 Danny Green SG 6-6 8.6 ppg. 3.6 rpg.

9 Tony Parker PG 6-2 9.0 ppg. 4.1 apg.

Coach: Gregg Popovich (22nd season, 1175-518)

Injury report: No injuries

Sixers (17-19)

33 Robert Covington SF 6-9 14.2 ppg. 6.1 rpg

9 Dario Saric PF 6-10 13.6 ppg. 6.0 rpg.

5 Amir Johnson C 6-10 4.8 ppg. 4.8 rpg.

17 JJ Redick SG 6-4 17.1 ppg. 3.3 apg.

25 Ben Simmons PG 6-10 16.6 ppg. 7.5 apg.

Coach: Brett Brown (fifth season, 92-272)

Injury report: Markelle Fultz (right shoulder rehabilitation, out); Furkan Korkmaz (Lisfranc fracture, out); Justin Anderson (shin splints left leg, off); Joel Embiid (sprained right hand, doubtful).

Head to head

The Spurs have a 57-34 series lead after winning 12 straight.

Coming games

Friday: 7 p.m., at Wells Fargo Center, Detroit Pistons at Sixers

Jan. 11: 3 p.m., at The 02 Arena, Boston Celtics at Sixers

Jan. 15: 1 p.m., at Wells Fargo Center, Toronto Raptors at Sixers

Jan. 18: 7 p.m., at TD Garden, Sixers at Celtics

Jan. 20: 7:30 p.m., at Wells Fargo Center, Milwaukee Bucks at Sixers

Keith Pompey, STAFF WRITER

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