Everything went perfectly for the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday night.
One night after dropping a tough game to the young and growing Milwaukee Bucks, the San Antonio Spurs had maybe its best game of the season. Albeit against one of the NBA’s worst teams, the Chicago Bulls, who lost Lauri Markkanen to an injury somewhat early in the game.
Eight players finished in double-digit points, which was just the start. The only ones who didn’t were Patty Mills and two-way players, Matt Costello and Darrun Hilliard. Pau Gasol’s 21 led the way, the first time he had the team-high in points. His 10 rebounds marked the second time he recorded a double-double, too.
With Danny Green injured and Manu Ginobili resting, it was a next man up situation for Bryn Forbes, who received the start at shooting guard. He played a season-high 34 minutes, scored 13 points and played admirably from beyond the 3-point line.
Forbes’ three 3-pointers contributed to the Spurs’ 18 for the game on 27 attempts, by far their best rate of the season. Five of them belonged to Davis Bertans, who played his season-high in minutes (19) and delivered, even in garbage minutes. Given his back-and-forth trips to the G-League, he needed a performance like this to earn future time in the rotation, whether it meant anything or not.
Amongst all of this, San Antonio only needed 14 points from LaMarcus Aldridge. He has been the offense’s catalyst while Kawhi Leonard sits out.
The Spurs won’t play until Tuesday, Nov. 14 against the Dallas Mavericks. It’s the start of a two-game road trip which lasts through Wednesday.
At 8-5, the Silver and Black continue to trend in the right direction, with pieces still on the way from the injured list. Near-perfect performances, like this, against the Bulls, won’t happen every night. Nonetheless, it was a terrific night for Spurs Basketball.