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SAN ANTONIO -- Kawhi Leonard had 20 points and the San Antonio Spurs beat the New Orleans Pelicans 98-79 on Saturday night in their home opener.The Spurs won their first season opener in 20 years without Tim Duncan, who retired in the offseason. San Antonio played without any of its Big Three as Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili both sat out to rest in the first night of back-to-back games.San Antonio didnt appear to miss them, as 11 players scored to help the team remain unbeaten after three games.Patty Mills scored 18 points starting in place of Parker, and LaMarcus Aldridge had 12 points.Pelicans forward Anthony Davis was held to 18 points after scoring 50 and 45 points in the first two games. Aldridge picked up three fouls in the first half as Davis primary defender, but still managed to hold the 6-foot-10 forward to 6-for-15 shooting in the game.ETwaun Moore also had 18 points for New Orleans. The Pelicans are 0-3.Leonard added four rebounds and three assists and was 2 for 4 on 3-pointers.The 6-foot-7 forward worked on drawing more fouls in the offseason and it continued to pay off, earning Leonard early MVP chants from the sellout crowd. He was 6 for 6 on free throws, raising his season total to 28 for 28.TIP-INSPelicans: Davis played 32 minutes, raising his season total to 113. Prior to the game, New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry said he was not concerned about the early workload, noting Davis is 23-years-old and capable of handling big minutes.Spurs: San Antonio has seven new players on its 15-man roster this season, including rookies Dejounte Murray, Bryn Forbes, Nico Laprovittola and Davis Bertans. ... Spurs coach Gregg Popovich chastised Jonathan Simmons for offensive goaltending when he dunked Laprovittolas layup as it was still on the cylinder. The veteran coach pointed to his head to signal the second-year player should be wiser. 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Air Max 98 Fossil For Sale .com) - The Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks both take aim at their first wins of the season on Saturday, as the Canucks open their home slate at Rogers Arena. Jack Harmes courage - and vomit - at the MCG last weekend spoke wonders about Melbournes desire to finish the AFL season with a bang.Harmes epitomised the phrase body on the line in round 19, when he was crunched in a marking contest by Gold Coasts Kade Kolodjashnij.The 20-year-old, who copped an inadvertent knee to the midriff, spewed as trainers helped him off the field.I had a bit of a chunder but other than that I was fine. It just knocked the wind out of me, Harmes told AAP.I didnt actually know the other bloke was coming.Luckily I didnt get knocked out so I was able to go back on.The expectation every year is that the performance of clubs in the bottom half of the ladder will drop off once they tumble out of finals contention.The Demons turned the ball over frequently in their last-start win over the Suns, when they got home by two points after Tom Lynch missed an after-the-siren shot.But their effort and desperation couldnt be questioned.Harmes, who was nomiinated for the Rising Star award earlier this year, expects more of the same in the final four rounds of the season.ddddddddddddMelbourne confront triple reigning premiers Hawthorn at the MCG on Saturday, with Harmes saying belief wont be an issue for the underdogs.Its definitely a real test for us, well see where were at as a footy club, the midfielder said.If we can win the contests and use the ball better, we should go really close to winning.Were starting to see all the players mature a bit. When its getting tough we fight it out.The Demons then tackle Port Adelaide, Carlton and Geelong as they seek to lay the platform for a return to September in 2017.Weve got the right bunch of guys here now and the right coaching staff to really take it up to the competition next year, Harmes said.We should be aiming to win these last four games. Jerseys NFL Cheap Cheap Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys NFL Cheap Cheap Jerseys Jerseys Wholesale Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale ' ' '