I don't even remember what happened in the first quarter. The internet is telling me that the Spurs won the quarter 30-22 but I can't honestly verify that. When Tim Duncan crashed to the court after a play ended with his knee contorting in an unlikely angle, I briefly lost touch with reality. It appeared as though the Spurs' magical romp through the NBA this season was doomed, and with it, the storied career of one of sports' greatest assets. Luckily Duncan returned quickly from a precautionary trip to the locker room and after that it was, well, business as usual. He finished the game with 20 points and 15 rebounds in a team-high 37 minutes. Incredible.
I never quite recovered from the emotional distress of that first quarter, so I'm a little foggy on some of the game's details. I think I'll have to let the Recap/Rehash guys flesh this game out for you. Just know that the Spurs essentially controlled this game from the tip to the final buzzer. Despite missing too many free throws and some sloppy passing, the Spurs played with the fire and grit that was missing in their recent drubbing at the hands of the lottery-bound Timberwolves.
Oh yeah, and Patty Mills is a really good shooter. Like, really good. Patty Thrills finished with a game-high 26 points, going from 6-11 downtown. He had a rare off-night with his layups and floaters but man was he lethal from long range. Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green also were instrumental in the win. Green scored an efficient 15 points, canning five threes on nine attempts, and 'Whi stuffed the stat sheet once again with 16 points, 5 assists, 2 steals and a career-best 16 rebounds.
It's beginning to sound like an echo but this was yet another team win. Their chemistry is just unparalleled in the League right now. The TNT guys may not believe in the Spurs, but I like our chances.
Your Spurs move to 61-18 on the season and maintain the NBA's best record. Next up are the Phoenix Suns on Friday.