Spurs star Kawhi Leonard was ruled out for the remainder of Sunday's Western Conference finals opener against the Warriors after reaggravating an ankle injury in the third quarter.

Leonard, playing for the first time since missing Game 6 of the Spurs' second-round series against the Rockets with a sprained left ankle, tweaked the ankle twice in a span of 10 minutes after helping the Spurs build a 20-point lead. In the second incident, he was fouled by Warriors center Zaza Pachulia while attempting a jumper and landed awkwardly on the ankle.

The 2016-17 MVP candidate made his subsequent free throws and was subbed out by Jonathon Simmons with 7:52 remaining in the third.

The Spurs said Leonard would not return to the game with a left ankle sprain. He finished with 26 points on 7 of 13 shooting.

Pachulia took an extra step toward Leonard on the foul, a move criticized by some as an intentional attempt to target his ailing ankle.

Leonard's absence sparked an 18-0 Warriors run as they trimmed the Spurs' lead to 90-81 by the start of the fourth quarter. 

San Antonio led by as many as 25 points before Leonard's departure.