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The 2016-17 season couldnt have started better for the San Antonio Spurs, who began the post-Tim Duncan era with impressive back-to-back wins on the road.Now the Spurs open their home schedule Saturday night at the AT&T Center against the New Orleans Pelicans, who dropped their first two games, both of them at home, despite two superstar performances from forward Anthony Davis.San Antonio has been led in its first two games by forward Kawhi Leonard, who had 35 points in the Spurs surprisingly easy 129-100 win over defending Western Conference champion Golden State on Tuesday and 30 points in a 102-94 come-from-behind victory over Sacramento on Thursday.Leonard was hitting shots over two guys, Sacramentos DeMarcus Cousins said after Thursdays game. I heard he was working with Kobe (Bryant), and there were some flashes of Kobe tonight. Hes really good.But Leonards early-season success story has been as much about his defense (he is the two-time defending NBA defensive player of the year) as his scoring prowess.Leonard, who always seems to get to the correct spot in the passing lanes and outworks most opposing players, had five steals in each of the first two games, in the process becoming the first player to put together back-to-back 30-point, five-steal games since Miamis Eddie Jones in December 2002.Its also the first time a Spurs player has achieved that stat line in consecutive games since Alvin Robertson did so in 1986.In the win on Thursday, San Antonio went on a 16-2 run and held Sacramento without a basket for the final 7:20 of the third quarter, with the Kings missing nine straight shots in that stretch, as the Spurs rallied to take a 76-71 lead into the fourth quarter.San Antonio led by as many as 10 points in the fourth quarter before fending off a final Sacramento surge and rolling in the end game.Sometimes things are not going to be as pretty, but the bottom line is we dug in and found a way to get it done, Spurs center Pau Gasol said. Experience is the heart of this team and were resilient and kept fighting. It was a good win.Its the flip side for the Pelicans. New Orleans lost at home to Golden State 122-114 late Friday night despite another video-game-like performance by Davis (45 points and 17 rebounds in 39 minutes).That showing came on the heels of Davis 50-point, 16-rebound, seven-steal, four-block performance in 41 minutes of court time in New Orleans season-opening 107-102 loss to Denver on Wednesday. It was only the third 50-point performance in an NBA season opener since 1963-64.Point guard Tim Frazier has been New Orleans second leading scorer each game, scoring 15 and 21 points, respectively.Im going to have to bring, probably not 50 every night, but get somewhere along those lines every game to give ourselves a chance to win, Davis said after the loss Wednesday. Thats the bottom line. 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He added another 21 points in 24 playoff games, reaching his first-ever Stanley Cup Final.Joe Thornton, when you look at his season last year, hes playing great hockey, Team Canada general manager Doug Armstrong told the Canadian Press.Armstrong says Thornton is still one of the best passers in hockey, and indeed his 63 assists last season were only topped by Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson. Thornton is the runaway leader in assists since he entered the league in 1997, 212 ahead of second-place Jaromir Jagr. Thornton also has the most points (1,341) of any player in that span, more than 100 points up on Jagr.Canada coach Mike Babcock said Thorntons inclusion on the roster, which came at the initial exclusion of much younger players like Logan Couture, Corey Perry, Ryan OReilly and Taylor Hall, was based on merit. His offensive gifts, which have already been apparent in exhibition play, were too much to ignore.He obviously was a guy that played well enough and played good enough and was important enough on his team, Babcock said.Armstrong was intrigued by how San Jose usedd Thornton last season, mostly on the wing alongside Joe Pavelski.dddddddddddd A plodding skater who didnt make the 2014 Olympic squad in Sochi, Thornton also seemed a better fit for the NHL-sized rink in Toronto where the World Cup will be played, though Armstrong said his inclusion was based on performance, not the ice surface.Thornton, who last represented Canada at the 2010 Olympics, hadnt given much thought to cracking the World Cup roster before getting the invitation this summer.It was just one of those things where you just kind of play, dont think about it and then you get chosen, said Thornton, still oozing energy even after more than 1,500 NHL games.It could be the last time he wears red and white on the international stage, though hes hinted at playing on. Hes already won Olympic (2010) and world junior gold (1997) as well as the crown at that 2004 World Cup, one of two players returning for Team Canada. Jay Bouwmeester is the other.Thornton recalls that `04 squad fondly. The group went undefeated (6-0-0) and included Lemieux as well as other future Hall of Famers Scott Niedermayer, Martin Brodeur and Joe Sakic. Thornton, 25 at the time, set up two of three goals in Canadas 3-2 win over Finland in the final. The Canadians hope hes still got that magic.Ive still got another 10 years (left), said a grinning Thornton, so maybe the next World Cup, Ill play in it, too. ' ' '

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