Nuggets and Hornets on tap
The San Antonio Spurs (28-7, 2nd Western Conference) recovered from their two point loss to the Atlanta Hawks (19-16, 5th Eastern Conference) by taking it out on the Toronto Raptors (23-11, 2nd Eastern Conference) with a 110-82 whipping. Kawhi Leonard had 25 points and LaMarcus Aldridge chipped in 23 as the Spurs held them to a season low 82.
”That was a championship performance by a championship team,” Toronto coach Dwane Casey said. ”That’s the way you come out with a championship approach and desperation mode and we didn’t meet it. It started from the first play of the game.”
Tony Parker looked like a younger version of himself as he weaved his way through the Raptors defense, dishing out eight assist and scoring 15 points in 23 minutes of work. The Spurs were deadly shooting 55% and collected 32 assists on 43 shots.
”Even when he’s not making (his tear-drop shot), guys always have to respect him getting to the lane,” Leonard said. ”He has a vision to see us out there. He’s always drawing two guys and someone’s always open.”
The Spurs had Wednesday off to travel and take on the Denver Nuggets (14-21, 10th Western conference) tonight at the Pepsi Center. They will return home and face the Charlotte Hornets (20-16, 4th Eastern Conference) at the AT&T Center.
Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available for Saturday’s game against the Hornets, so grab yours today and help cheer on your San Antonio Spurs!
Bulls take care of home court/end Road Win Streak
The San Antonio Spurs (18-5, 2nd Western Conference) fell one game short of tying an All Time NBA record last night after falling to the Chicago Bulls (12-10, 7th Eastern Conference) 95-91 at the United Center. The Bulls were led by Dwayne Wade’s 20 points but they had five players in double figures and another three players within a basket of double figures. The Spurs were again led by Kawhi Leonard’s 24 points, eight rebounds and five assists.
”Streaks are a good sign when they’re positive and they’re a bad sign when they’re negative, but at the end of the day, it doesn’t give you anything else,” Former Bulls center Pau Gasol said.
For Head Coach Gregg Popovich, the loss was coming sooner rather than later because of sloppy first half play in a number of games leading up to the Bulls match last night.
”Our opponents have outplayed us physically and execute-wise in most first halves for most of the season, and somehow we pull it together in the second half and play harder and smarter than we did in the first half,” Popovich said. ”We got it to four, then some execution mistakes. That’s the disappointing part, that we’re not a very consistent team and we haven’t learned as a group the game is 48 minutes.”
At Home this weekend
The Spurs will regroup and take on the Brooklyn Nets (6-15, 14th Eastern Conference) at home tomorrow evening. The Nets are coming off a rare win over the Denver Nuggets (8-15, 11th Western Conference).
Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to grab yours today and help cheer on your San Antonio Spurs tomorrow!
The San Antonio Spurs dispatched of Paul George and the Indiana Pacers yesterday in a game that saw David West go against the team he spurned to sign with the Spurs. Kawhi Leonard led all scorers with 24 while Rodney Stuckey led the Pacers with 16 and former Spur George Hill who scored 15 points on 70% shooting.
“They’re strong on defense because they’re strong on offense,” said Hill. “You have to play defense for only 24 seconds but you feel like you have to play for 26 seconds because they move the ball so well.”
The Spurs take their show on the road when they face the Minnesota Timberwolves tomorrow night in Minnesota before heading back to Texas for a game against their IH-10 rival Houston Rockets. The Spurs will be back in action at the AT&T Center on Sunday for a night game against the Denver Nuggets. There are still plenty of great seats and affordable tickets so be sure to get yours today and cheer on your San Antonio Spurs!