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Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs drives to the basket against the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday in Philadelphia. Photo: CFP
Kawhi Leonard tallied 26 points and 10 rebounds to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 109-103 win over the Philadelphia 76ers [url=http://www.airjordansshoesforsale.com/]Air Jordan 11 Shoes For Sale[/url] , who moved one step closer to infamy on Monday.


Philadelphia's 17th consecutive loss came against a short-handed Spurs team that was without their two top guns, Tim Duncan and Tony Parker, who sat out to get some extra rest.


Even without the duo's more than 31 average points per game, San Antonio had little trouble dispatching Philadelphia. Aron Baynes scored 15 points and Manu Ginobili and Cory Joseph each added 14 for San Antonio, which won its eighth straight match. Leonard also had 10 rebounds while -tying a career high in points.


Leonard scored 20-plus points for the fourth time this season after doing it only three times last season.


"We're trying to loosen up a bit and give him more of a green light," San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said.


Michael Carter-Williams had 24 points and 11 rebounds, and Alexey Shved netted 19 points for Philadelphia.


The 76ers were also short-handed, as leading -scorer Tony Wroten (knee) missed his second straight game and -rookie first-round pick Nerlens Noel (hip) sat out after getting -injured in Sunday's practice.


Philadelphia coach Brett Brown was surprised that Noel pulled himself out after warming up.


"It kind of surprised me he didn't play," Brown said. "I think the lesson is everybody in the NBA is injured."


Philadelphia became just the fourth team in league history to open a season with 17 losses, joining the 1998-99 Clippers (0-17), 1988-89 Heat (0-17) and the 2009-10 Nets -(0-18).


The 76ers may tie the Nets for the worst start in NBA -history on Wednesday at Minnesota with a potential chance to break the record at home on Friday against Oklahoma City.


Philadelphia made a late run at the Spurs, pulling up to 101-96 with one minute 33 seconds remaining after Henry Sims' layup. But Leonard put the game away by converting a three-point play to make it 104-96 with 42.7 seconds left.


"He has the potential to do that often," Ginobili said of Leonard.


"Maybe on a different team he'd be putting up higher -numbers. We play in a system and we take what the game gives us."


The 76ers were competitive in their last three losses, losing by an average of 8.3 points per game to Portland, Brooklyn and Dallas, during this four-game homestand. In each game they fell behind early before battling back later.


The Spurs shot 49 percent (24 for 49) from the field and outrebounded Philadelphia 31-17 in the first half while taking a 61-46 lead.


"The first half was not played with much energy," Brown said. "I've seen it with our guys. We play the Spurs, we're sort of star struck for a second. We had no juice, no energy."


CANBERRA, Dec. 13 (Xinhua) -- The Australian National University Dictionary Centre (ANDC), based in Canberra, confirmed in a statement on Friday that they have selected "bitcoin" as the 2013 Word of the Year.


The 2013 Word of the Year and shortlist are selected by the research and editorial staff of the ANDC in the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences, who undertake research into Australian English and edit Australian dictionaries for Oxford University Press.


According to the ANDC, each year the ANDC selects a Word of the Year. The Word of the Year is chosen for its relevance and prominence in Australian culture and society, but it does not have to be coined or used exclusively in Australia.


The Word of the Year does not have to be a word that was coined in this current year. Most new words often take some time to enter the public consciousness.


For example, the Centre's Word of the Year for 2012 was green- on-blue: "an attack made on one's own side by a force regarded as neutral". Evidence for this term can be found before 2012, but the word gained prominence in the media during 2012 due to Australia's ongoing military involvement in Afghanistan.


Bitcoin is a type of digital crypto-currency in which transactions can be performed without the need for a central bank.


"We selected bitcoin as our Word of the Year because it has featured heavily in the media in 2013, as this form of currency rises in significance and popularity," Centre Director Dr. Amanda Laugesen said.


According to Amanda Laugesen, the word was first used in 2008 in a paper by the founder of bitcoin, who goes by the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto, but people have only recently seen this term enter the public vocabulary.


Amanda Laugesen said the other words that were shortlisted have also found a place in the Australian and international social and cultural landscape, some for controversial reasons.


"This year we learnt that to 'twerk' is to dance in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance. We saw the term popularized by Miley Cyrus and the American VMA Awards, and, in Australia, by Clive Palmer during the election campaign," Laugesen explained.


And 'FOMO' or 'fear of missing out' refers to the anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on social media.


"And Australia's election results this year saw the word microparty come to prominence, in reference to small political parties, often based around a single issue, " Laugesen added.


Other shortlisted words were "snapchat" - a photo messaging application which allows users to share photos, videos, and text which disappear after 10 seconds; and captain's pick - a decision made by a party leader without consultation with their party.


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