The San Antonio Spurs found out that star center DeMarcus Cousins (illness) was out and they took advantage. The Spurs got their revenge, after losing to the Kings in Sacramento on November 15. The Spurs jumped out to a 10 point lead at the half and they never looked back.
Below are the biggest takeaways from the Spurs victory:
The Spurs shot 51% from the field, 50% from three (12-24) and 80% from the free throw line. It marked the fourth straight game that the Spurs have shot at least 50% from the field. Tony Parker was 10-17 from the field, leading to his 27 points. Aron Baynes shot 5-6 from the field (10 points) off the bench, raising his field goal percentage to 60% on the season.
2. Mistake Free Basketball
After committing 15 turnovers in their last game against the Indiana Pacers, it was evident that the Spurs made cutting down their turnovers a priority. Against the Kings, the Spurs finished with 29 assists and only six turnovers. They executed terrifically on offense against an athletic Kings team.
3. Rebounding Must Improve
With Cousins out, you would expect the Spurs to easily win the rebounding battle. That wasn’t the case. The Spurs were out rebounded 46-33. Tim Duncan led the Spurs with 8 rebounds, no one else even had five. How many times have you looked at a box score and realize that a team had one guy finish with more than five rebounds? Not too many, especially in a win!
4. Tony Parker Was Terrific
Tony Parker had a huge game for the Spurs on Friday night. Parker finished with 27 points on an efficient 10-17 from the field. He also had 8 assists. If Parker continues to play as he has over the past week, the Spurs will surely make another title run.