Spurs Pick Up Their First Preseason Victory

By George Middleton
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It’s over Spurs fans! The Spurs picked up their first preseason win on Sunday afternoon, as they beat the Detroit Pistons 96-92. It appeared that the Spurs would have an easy win, as they led 80-63 through three quarters. The Pistons outscored the Spurs 29-16 in the fourth quarter to make things interesting.

The Spurs shot 46% from the field while the Pistons shot 39% from the field. The Spurs also made 20 of 22 free throws.

Kawhi Leonard led the way with 21 points (7-12 fg) in 28 minutes. Manu Ginobili has continued to

Oct 18, 2015; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs point guard Patty Mills (L) passes the ball under the basket against Detroit Pistons power forward Ersan Ilyasova (top) during the first half at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

shine in the preseason. The 38-year-old guard finished with 15 points and five assists in 20 minutes. Ginobili made 5-for-6 field goals and he didn’t commit a single turnover. In three preseason games he is averaging 11.7 points on 80% field goals.

LaMarcus Aldridge was quiet with nine points on 4-for-14 from the field.

Spurs power forward Boris Diaw made his preseason debut. Diaw connected on his two three point attempts, finishing the game with six points in 10 minutes.

The Spurs must do a better job of limiting their mistakes as they finished with 20 turnovers. Ray McCallum (5 points) led the team with four turnovers in 20 minutes.

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Reggie Jackson led the Pistons with 20 points and nine assists. Ersan Ilyasova added 14 points.

Tony Parker (rest), Matt Bonner (Coach’s decision), and Jimmer Fredette (Coach’s decision), all missed the contest.

The Spurs take on the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night at the AT&T Center.

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