There was no better way to kick off NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC than the way the Spurs and Cavs did it in Cleveland. Kawhi Leonard had a career-high 41 points to lift his Spurs past the Cavs in overtime, 118-115. LaMarcus Aldridge added a double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds for San Antonio, who was playing without Pau Gasol and Tony Parker. Leonard had six points in overtime, including a breakaway dunk off a jump ball with under 10 seconds to play. The Cavaliers got 29 points apiece from LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, as "The King" sent the game into overtime with a deep three late, but could not hit the buzzer-beater at the end of regulation. David Lee started in place of Gasol for the Spurs, putting up 14 points, as Gregg Popovich's team improved to 18-4 on the road.
Arizona Knocks Off UCLA in Trier's Return
The 14th-ranked Arizona Wildcats celebrated the season debut of Allonzo Trier on Saturday with a major upset on the road, taking down the third-ranked UCLA Bruins, 96-85. Trier scored 12 points in his return from a PED suspension that was handed before the season. During the suspension, the sophomore was practicing with the team, but saw no game action. Kobi Simmons had 20 points, while Lauri Markkanen added 18 for the Wildcats who improved to 7-0 in conference play, and have won 12 in a row overall. The Bruins had their 11-game home win streak snapped despite Lonzo Ball's 24-point effort. UCLA dropped to 6-2 in Pac-12 play.
Creighton, WVU Fall in Upsets
Two top-10 teams fell on Saturday, and it was the two teams who were virtually tied at the No. 7 spot in the rankings. First, Creighton fell to unranked Marquette, who recorded their first Big East road win, 102-94. Katin Reinhardt had 17 of his 21 points come in the first half, while Luke Fischer and Jajuan Johnson contributed 18 points apiece. Reinhardt went off for 10 straight points during a 12-0 run in the first half, helping the Golden Eagles create distance between them and the Blue Jays. Creighton was led by a season-high 30 points from Marcus Foster, as they fell to 18-2 overall, and 5-2 in conference play.
Meanwhile, the West Virginia Mountaineers suffered their second loss of the week, 79-75, against Kansas State. Kamau Stokes and Barry Brown each had 13 points, helping the Wildcats hand the Mountaineers their fourth loss overall, three of which have come in conference play. Kansas State had to rally from a 12-point first-half deficit, and used a 14-6 run in the second half to get back in the game. West Virginia turned the ball over 23 times, giving Kansas State more opportunities to pull off the upset, and needless to say, they executed.