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San Antonio Spurs vs. Los Angeles Clippers: Fourth home win in a row

By Albert Pérez Oyola
SAN ANTONIO, TX - DECEMBER 13: Rudy Gay #22 of the San Antonio Spurs dunks the ball during the game against the LA Clippers on December 13, 2018 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photos by Mark Sobhani/NBAE via Getty Images)
SAN ANTONIO, TX - DECEMBER 13: Rudy Gay #22 of the San Antonio Spurs dunks the ball during the game against the LA Clippers on December 13, 2018 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photos by Mark Sobhani/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The San Antonio Spurs are riding a four-game winning streak, which ties a season-high, by defeating the Los Angeles Clippers at home in blowout fashion 125-87.

87. 77. . 125. 29

It seemed like one of those regular games in which the outcome wouldn’t be determined until late in the fourth quarter. The first half ended with the San Antonio Spurs leading 66-57, but then the the Silver and Black turned up the heat in the second half – running away with the game to win it 125-87.

This game demonstrated the roller coaster this 2018-2019 Spurs team has become in which one night we go to bed dreaming of the NBA Lottery, and the next of the Western Conference Finals.

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The Spurs had it going on Thursday night.

LaMarcus Aldridge simply could not miss as he scored 27 points on 12-of-14 shooting!

Rudy Gay had a similarly hot night as he scored 21 points, grabbed 6 rebounds, dished out 3 assists with 2 steals and a block on 8-of-10 shooting.

Heck, every player that wore white and entered the court had a solid game. Every player, except for Chimezie Metu, who only played seven minutes had a plus/minus of +10 or more.

The entire starting unit scored 10 or more points on the night.

DeMar DeRozan scored 14 points and had 7 assists as he keeps on showcasing his passing skills and emerging as the team’s best distributor. Bryn Forbes continues to provide solid, productive minutes on the floor, and Derrick White has also impressed with his consistent play the last few games.

The bench came out guns blazing.

Marco Belinelli set the tone in the first quarter and it seemed like everyone caught some of his fire as it carried on throughout the game. The second unit were led by the aforementioned Belinelli who finished with 14 points, and Patty Mills with 11.

Final stats ?

LaMarcus: 27 PTS | 4 REBRudy: 21 PTS | 6 REBDeMar: 14 PTS | 7 AST | 4 REBMarco: 14 PTS | 5 REBPatty: 11 PTS | 4 REB | 4 ASTDerrick: 11 PTS | 4 REBBryn: 10 PTS | 2 ASTDante: 6 PTS | 7 REBDavis: 5 PTS | 4 REBJakob: 3 PTS | 6 REBChimezie: 3 PTS | 3 REB pic.twitter.com/ENDs9Ux5sa

— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) December 14, 2018

The best sign that we’ve gotten during the winning streak is the team’s defense.

Since allowing 120 points in the victory against the Lakers, the Spurs have only allowed 97, 86, and 87 points to the Jazz, Suns, and Clippers respectively. They’ve also shown glimpses of the old Spurs with crisp ball-movement, decision-making, and solid defense.

What. A. Sequence.#SpursTBT | #GoSpursGo pic.twitter.com/2WAsINQToX

— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) December 14, 2018

It must be noted that the Clippers were without their high-scoring reserve player in Lou Williams as he recovers from an ailing hamstring injury.

Tobias Harris seemed determined to carry his team to victory to start the game and finished with 17 points on 5-of-14 shooting.

However, they couldn’t find answers for LaMarcus down low. No matter the defender, LA found a way to power himself underneath the basket and break loose for an easy bucket.

Yes, the Silver and Black find themselves riding a four-game winning streak, but all the games have been won at home. The Spurs currently sport a respectable 11-4 record at home, but they’ve been a different team on the road.

The team still has two more games left on this home stand against Chicago and Philadelphia. Given the way the Spurs been performing in the Alamo City, those seem like very winnable games.

Four straight wins at the @attcenter. It's good to be home. #SpursTBT | #GoSpursGo pic.twitter.com/PFbBnQngEQ

— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) December 14, 2018

However, the Spurs must find a way to win on the road if we’re to be serious about a playoff run. So far they’ve played 15 games at home, and 14 games on the road. Incidentally, that also happens to be the Spurs’ record.

Road games are coming – and in bunches.

Take the month of February for instance. The Spurs will be on the road for the entire month outside of three home games. In fact, from Feb. 5th all the way to Feb. 26th, they will be on the road without a single stop in San Antonio.

Thankfully, we don’t have to worry about any of that right now. The Spurs could be an entirely different team sitting atop the Western Conference standings, or they could be making preparations to make a splash in the lottery competing for better odds in the Zion Williamson sweepstakes.

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As of right now, things are on the up-and-up and we should see no reason for the winning streak to end against the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night, December 15th at 7:30pm CST.

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