San Antonio Spurs Post First Losing December with Duncan Following Loss to Memphis Grizzlies
The San Antonio Spurs did a lot of what they have been doing in the month of December on Tuesday night, that is, losing. San Antonio will record its first losing December record with Tim Duncan following their 95-87 road loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday night.
With the loss, the Spurs fell to 7-10 in the month of December. San Antonio only has one game left in the month, a New Years Eve matchup against the New Orleans Pelicans, which means they are guaranteed to finish with an under .500 record in the month of December.
Dec 30, 2014; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley (11) shoots over San Antonio Spurs guard Cory Joseph (5) during the game at FedExForum. Memphis Grizzlies beat the San Antonio Spurs 95 – 87. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports
Offensive struggles were the story of the night for the Spurs, who fell behind by as much as 16 in this one. San Antonio recorded only 17 assists on the night, tied for the third lowest of the season.
Those low assist numbers made the final result very predictable as the Spurs headed into tonight’s game 0-4 when dishing out less than 20 assists as a team.
San Antonio also struggled from deep in their loss to Memphis, only connecting on 5-of-22 three-point attempts.
While the Spurs trailed for the majority of the game, the team actually had a chance to steal this one from the Grizzlies as they cut the lead to three with halfway through the fourth quarter.
Unfortunately for San Antonio, however, that’s as close as they would get as Memphis eventually regained control, creating a 10-point margin with under two minutes left in the game.
Although there were many unpleasant sights from tonight’s game, including the Spurs 16 turnovers, they were a few bright spots.
Cory Joseph and Marco Belinelli played well for San Antonio, each contributing a team high 18 points. Tiago Splitter was also decent in his limited 12 minutes, contributing six points, four rebounds, and a block.
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For the Grizzlies, it was all about the Mike Conley show. The former Ohio State Buckeye put in a game high 30 points along with seven rebounds and six assists. Marc Gasol also had a good night, 17 points, nine rebounds, and five assists.
With the loss, the San Antonio Spurs dropped to 19-14 on the season, their seventh loss in their last nine games. The Memphis Grizzlies improved to 23-8 on the season with their second straight win.
Next up for the Spurs is a home game on New Year’s Eve against the New Orleans Pelicans, scheduled for 6 p.m. CT.
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