The San Antonio Spurs finished out the week with a 2-1 record, that included another lame performance at home followed by another clutch road win, and then finished the week off with perhaps their best offensive performance at home in a thriller.
The San Antonio Spurs hosted the Orlando Magic after a two day break and then came out and shot bricks and threw the ball away. This allowed the Magic to find their groove and seize control of the game early and never look back.
The Spurs couldn’t make back to back baskets it seemed. The Spurs 37 percent shooting combined with 18 turnovers doomed them. The Magic to their credit were physical and shot the ball fairly well. But, perhaps because I wear silver and black glasses, it was more about the Spurs being flat at home than the Magic playing a good game.
The final score was Magic 93, Spurs 83.
The next night, the Spurs traveled up to Dallas to face the Mavericks. The Mavericks had a few pieces back to their team that had been missing when the Spurs last faced them. With Andrew Bogut and Deron Williams back, the Mavericks put together a good game. The Spurs had a 3-point lead at half, but the Mavericks took over in the 3rd, and increased their lead in the 4th to double digits a couple of times.
Patty Mills made big shot after big shot to keep the Spurs in the game. Kawhi Leonard who had a rare poor shooting performance, shrugged it off and delivered some big shots of his own to help the Spurs cause.
Wes Matthews, who was almost as hot as Mills, along with Seth Curry, Harrison Barnes and others, continued to counter the Spurs until the very end. After Leonard’s go ahead 3 pointer, Mills took over the game scoring eight of his team high 23 points in the space of just over 2-minutes late in the 4th quarter.
Mills had 15 of his points in the 4th quarter, and had four assists to lead the Spurs as well. It was as hot as I have ever seen Mills shoot and it got the Spurs their 11th straight road win, and kept them undefeated on the road this season.
The final score was 94-87 as the Spurs outscored the Mavericks by 12 in the 4th quarter.
The final game of the week saw the Spurs host the Washington Wizards who the Spurs dispatched fairly handily last week in Washington D.C. This time though it was a back and forth battle that saw both teams play at a high level.
While the Spurs finally put together a solid home performance, the Wizards were at their best and played them to the wire. All the Spurs played well on the offensive side of the ball. Leonard had a team high 23 points, and Aldridge and Pau Gasol each had 19 in support.
Mills (10) and Ginobili (13)also reached double figures with David Lee (8 points) also playing well off the bench. Ginobili was especially impressive as he also had a team high seven assists, three steals and two buzzer beating shots to end the 1st and 2nd quarters!
In the end, neither team could hardly stop the other. Green and Leonard both hit clutch shots after Popovich drew up great plays. John Wall countered Green’s 3 pointer with a 2 pointer of his own, and then Porter missed a last second driving shot after Leonard’s go ahead, and eventual game winning shot.
When you see Wall, Bradley Beal, and the rest of the Wizards play the way they did, you wonder why they don’t win more.
It was a great game to watch and great way to close out the week! The final score was Spurs
The Spurs with a 16-4 record, second best in the league now head into a 4 game week. They will travel to Milwaukee (Mon.), Minnesota (Tues.), and Chicago (Thurs.) for another dreaded three games in 4 nights brutal scheduling nightmare.
The Spurs have to lose on the road sometime right? So I think they will go 2-1 on that road trip, and then beat the Nets at home in San Antonio to finish off the week at 3-1.