The combination of elite offense and elite defense is the place to start. But don’t forget about the superstar calls.
The San Antonio forward drew a Solomon Hill shooting foul with 51 seconds left in the fourth quarter — in error, per the league:
Hill (NOP) maintains legal guarding position and makes incidental contact with Leonard (SAS) that does not affect his drive to the basket and shot attempt.
Leonard made one free throw — obviously crucial to the game reaching overtime, where the Spurs prevailed.