The San Antonio Spurs’ 121-114 win over the league-leading Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday night will go down as their best victory of the season thus far.
After a disastrous Rodeo Road Trip that significantly hurt the San Antonio Spurs’ chances of making the playoffs, Gregg Popovich’s crew has rebounded to win five straight games.
Beating the Nuggets at home would’ve been more impressive if the Spurs didn’t nearly blow a huge second-half lead, and winning in Atlanta was a nice way to build some confidence on the road.
However, the most recent victory over the 50-16 Bucks proved that San Antonio was completely back after losing their mojo on the Rodeo Road Trip.
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The Spurs found out they would be without Rudy Gay due to an illness just before gametime, which was a major loss against a team with multiple versatile wings like Milwaukee.
San Antonio was favored by 1.5 points before the Gay news broke, but the line moved 3.5 points in the Bucks’ favor when oddsmakers found out the Spurs would be facing off against the league’s top team without one of San Antonio’s top three players.
That line move looked to be correct when the Spurs trailed Milwaukee by seven points at the end of the first quarter.
However, San Antonio clawed back in the second and third quarters to take a lead heading into the final period, and they were able to close out a victory against a team that boasted the league’s best record and net rating.
DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge picked up the slack in Rudy Gay’s absence to combine for 57 points while both shooting at least 50%. LMA also contributed 15 rebounds while DeMar dished out 6 assists.
The Spurs got solid performances from Bryn Forbes, Marco Belinelli, and Patty Mills in support of their stars, and San Antonio was able to prevent Giannis from going Buck wild (pardon the pun) on the defensive end.
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As has been the theme of the entire season, the Spurs need to perform like this on the road if they plan on winning a playoff series this year.
This was the best I’ve seen San Antonio look this year, but some crucial road games down the stretch will tell us if they have a realistic chance of pulling off an upset in the first round.