The San Antonio Spurs kicked off their slate of preseason games by travelling overseas to play Alba Berlin in Germany for the NBA’s annual tour of global games.
The game was supposed to be an easy win for the defending NBA champion Spurs and the purpose was to serve as a tune-up game for the rest of the preseason and, eventually, the regular season. That was not the case though as Alba Berlin shocked the defending NBA champion San Antonio Spurs 94-93.
The Spurs started off the game well, coming out to an early 16-point lead in the first quarter. However, that was short-lived as Alba Berlin was able to cut the lead to eight at the end of the first.
Alba Berlin carried on the momentum from their strong finish in the first by cutting down the lead even further at halftime, bringing the deficit down to seven points.
The Spurs took a quick 16 point lead but it was all Alba Berlin after that.
The Spurs could not get back on track in the second half either, seeing their lead diminish by the minute and eventually finding themselves on the losing end of the game.
Tony Parker was the high scoring man in the game, leading all scorers with 28 points. Tim Duncan also played admirably, chipping in 14 point and 10 rebounds.
Alba Berlin was led by Jamel McLean, a former Xavier University player who scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds off the bench.
San Antonio will have to quickly erase their memory of this game as the Spurs still have six more preseason game to go. The important takeaway is that it is preseason and the Spurs still have a few weeks to iron out the wrinkles in the team.
San Antonio’s next game will be on October 11th at 11 a.m. against another European team, Fenerbache Ulker.
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