The San Antonio Spurs won their first preseason game today with a win over Fenerbahçe Ülker. The Spurs took an early lead in the first quarter and never looked back, beating Fenerbache Ulker 96-90 in Istanbul, Turkey.
Tony Parker and Tim Duncan paced the way for the Spurs victory with Parker putting in 22 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists while Duncan scored 23 points and pulled down seven boards.
The Spurs looked determined to win today, evident by San Antonio head coach Gregg Popovich giving Parker and Duncan 35 minutes each.
Even though the Spurs got the victory, they once again struggled with turnovers, committing 19 against Fenerbahçe Ülker.
Fenerbahçe Ülker was led by former Los Angeles Laker Andrew Goudelock, who put in 30 points for the team from Turkey.
Emir Preldzic and Oguz Savas also played well for Fenerbahçe Ülker. Preldzic scored six points along with six rebounds and 11 assists while Savas scored 15 points along with four rebounds.
Other notables from the game were the Spurs’ Kyle Anderson, who received a start today and put in nine points, and Fenerbahçe Ülker player Luka Zoric, who scored 11 points and pulled down seven rebounds off the bench.
Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green didn’t play for the San Antonio today as Pop elected to give the minutes to some of the Spurs bench players to get them ready for the upcoming season, starting Austin Daye, Kyle Anderson, and Marco Belinelli today.
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The Spurs will have a decent break before their next preseason game which is against the Phoenix Suns on October 16th at 9 p.m. That game will mark the return of San Antonio back to the United States as these past two preseason games have been played overseas as part of the NBA’s Global Games initiative.
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