The New Orleans Pelicans’ fading Playoff chances took another blow Thursday night—sorry, Alvin—thanks to Kawhi Leonard and the visiting Spurs.

It wasn’t all smooth sailing for San Antonio, but Kawhi (30 points) shut the door on the Pels in the fourth quarter.

The Spurs (52-9) have 23 road wins—New Orleans has the same win total, overall.

Per the AP:

Leonard capped a 30-point, 11-rebound performance with a game-sealing 3 with 35 seconds left, and the Spurs extended their winning streak to seven games with a 94-86 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday night. […] Leonard was 12-of-22 shooting, including 6 for 10 from 3-point range, one night after San Antonio clinched its 19th straight playoff berth with a victory at home against Detroit. Leonard’s difficult, game-tying, baseline turnaround with Jrue Holiday’s hand in his face also helped fuel a 12-0 San Antonio run to close out the last 3:10.

 

“I’m just playing in the flow of the game. It doesn’t matter what quarter it is. I’m going to play the right basketball so we can get the right shots,” Leonard insisted when asked if he tried to be more assertive at crunch time. “Fortunately, I was able to make shots down the stretch.”

 

(Anthony) Davis had 17 points and 13 rebounds for New Orleans, which dropped its third straight. Eric Gordon added 23 points and Holiday scored 13.