The San Antonio Spurs escaped Philadelphia, defeating the win-less 76ers 109-103 to pick up their eight straight win.
Dec 1, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard Marco Belinelli (3) dunks past Philadelphia 76ers center Henry Sims (35) during the second quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Poor shooting and a second half comeback nearly doomed the Spurs and almost gave the 76ers their first win of the season. After hot shooting in recent games, San Antonio found themselves struggling from the field, only connecting on 43.4% of their attempts.
The 76ers also had a strong second half, outscoring the Spurs 57-48 in the final two quarters to make the game a little more interesting than San Antonio head coach Gregg Popovich would have liked.
With Tony Parker and Tim Duncan out for the Spurs, Kawhi Leonard stepped up to guide San Antonio to the win finishing with 26 points and 10 rebounds. Aron Baynes, who replaced Duncan in the starting lineup, was also solid for the Spurs, scoring 15 points and grabbing nine rebounds.
For the 76ers, it was all about the Michael Carter-Williams show. Since Philadelphia was without starters Nerlens Noel and Tony Wroten, it was up to Carter-Williams to provide the offensive punch, a role he more than adequately filled, finishing with 24 points, 11 rebounds, and seven assists.
Former Minnesota Timberwolves player Alexey Shved was also great for the 76ers. Shved came off the bench to provide 19 points.
Philadelphia competed very well with San Antonio, but, it was some of the finer points of the game that caused the 76ers to drop their 17th straight game.
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The Spurs out-rebounded the 76ers 52-42 and converted 28 free throws compared to Philadelphia’s 15 makes from the charity stripe. The free throw disparity was a huge factor as the 76ers only shot 60% from the line.
The win pushed San Antonio’s record to 13-4 on the season and marked the team’s 11th win in the last 12 games. With the loss, Philadelphia is still searching for answers as the team is yet to win a game this season, 0-17 on the year.
Up next for the Spurs is game three of this four game road trip in Brooklyn against the Nets. The game is scheduled for Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. CT.
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