The San Antonio Spurs are winners of 19 of their first 24 games and are coming off of a 130-101 dismantling of the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday. It continues to look up for the Spurs as they are looking to win two in a row at the AT&T Center for the first time this season as Boston comes to town.
What could possibly be their best performance of the year against the Nets, the San Antonio Spurs had everything going in a dominating performance. A game that showcased what Spurs basketball is all about.
San Antonio shot 53 percent from the floor while assisting on 38 of their 50 made baskets. They also had the 3-ball going as well as they knocked down 14 of 26 (53.8 percent).
The Spurs opened up with a 41-26 edge after one and the rest as they say is history. The game was in the bag as Kawhi Leonard and company reached 100 points through the first three quarters.
Leonard led the way with 30 points on 10 of 18 shooting from the floor. He also had six rebounds and three assists.
San Antonio now looks to win two in a row for the first time this season at the AT&T Center. The Boston Celtics come in winning 13 of their first 24 games, but have not had luck on their side dating back to the 2010-11 campaign.
Boston has lost their last 10 against San Antonio, and it will be hard to snap their streak as they will be without one of their offensive pieces, Isaiah Thomas.
Isaiah Thomas will not play tomorrow night. Brad Stevens says pain has subsided in Thomas’ strained groin but he’s not yet at 100 percent.
— Marc D’Amico (@Marc_DAmico) December 13, 2016
His offense will be missed as on the season he is averaging 26.0 points per contest.
San Antonio won the first matchup with the Celtics 109-103 on Nov. 25 in Boston. Leonard led the Spurs with a game-high 25 points and 10 rebounds and guard Patty Mills added 19 points off the bench in that win.
Team by Team Comparisons*Points Per Game: Boston 104.5 (14th) | San Antonio 103.4 (19th)*3PT Field Goals: Boston 35.8% (11th) | San Antonio 40% (3rd)*Free Throws: Boston 78.5% (8th) | San Antonio 81.8% (3rd)*Assists Per Game: Boston 24.8 (3rd) | San Antonio 23.3 (6th)
Boston comes into San Antonio coming off back-to-back losses, at home to Toronto on Dec. 9 and at Oklahoma City on Sunday, a 99-96.
From the Spurs dominance against the Nets, Manu Ginobili stated the team can still get better and no player is satisified with the way they are playing.
“You won’t find anyone in this locker room who’s satisfied with the way we are playing. We all know we can do so much better. We won’t look at our record or the success we’ve had.”