The Spurs dropped their final contest of the regular season to the Lakers, but let's face it, the most important game to San Antonio was going on in Memphis.
In a game where we expected the majority of the Spurs roster to be bubble-wrapped and packed tight until Sunday, only Tim Duncan and Marco Belinelli were ruled out for the game. San Antonio started Tony Parker, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, Aron Baynes, and Tiago Splitter.
The first quarter started off just like you would expect a game with no significance to start. The Lakers went on an early 9-0 run while both teams combined for 21 three-point attempts. And if you still weren't sure whether this game mattered or not, then Tiago Splitter convinced you by jacking up a corner three early in the shot clock (he missed). The Spurs ended the first quarter down 10, 33-23.
The second quarter exhibited some tighter play by San Antonio. Patty Mills started out the period going shot-for-shot with Nick Young, sinking seven early points. The Spurs took their first lead with just under three minutes to go in the half, and Tiago Splitter got his eighth point (normally a game-winner) just a few seconds later. The Silver and Black fought from being down by 13 earlier in the half, to grabbing the lead, and eventually getting tied up again going into the locker room, 51-51.
The Lakers grabbed an early third-quarter lead, going on a 12-2 run to start the half. The Spurs kept themselves in it with penetrating drives and transition threes, but it always seemed like Los Angeles had an answer with a bucket of their own. The Lakers finished the quarter by simply hitting more shots and pulled to an 86-75 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
The Spurs sent out Bonner, Baynes, Joseph, Daye, and James to start the fourth, sitting all of the starters for the rest of the game. The Lakers offense didn't quit, though, while it looked like the entire San Antonio roster wanted to go into the locker room to watch the end of the Dallas-Memphis game. The Lakers ended up finishing the game with more points than the Spurs, 113-100.
The San Antonio Spurs finish an impressive regular season with a 62-20 record. Kawhi Leonard led the team with 14 points and five rebounds, while a quite comfortable-looking Austin Daye put up 13 points. Sadly, the Spurs fell to 33-1 when Tiago Splitter scores seven points or more.
The Spurs will face Dallas on Sunday at noon in the first round of the playoffs. Now, the fun begins!