If I told you the Spurs shot over 52% and spent the majority of the game down double-digits, would you believe me? Well the Spurs indeed converted on offense all night, except for those times when they threw the ball directly to the opponent. There were a lot of those times.
San Antonio piled up 19 turnovers in a lopsided win for a Pistons team that had been reeling enough to fire head coach Maurice Cheeks 50 games into the season.
The Spurs offense kept them in the game early, with nearly everyone contributing in some capacity (Except for Aron Baynes. He was pretty awful.). They had difficulty with the Pistons' length and athleticism however, giving up several dunks and coughing up 9 first-half turnovers. Brandon Jennings led all scorers before halftime with 14 points, most of them coming courtesy of a barrage of jumpers during a run to close the third quarter that pushed the Pistons to a 59-48 lead heading into the break. Tony led the Spurs' attack with 11 points in the first half.
The second half saw San Antonio continue to mishandle the ball, leading to 10 more turnovers. Tim Duncan had six of the Spurs' 19 turnovers for the game and looked uncharacteristically listless out there tonight. Not his face, his game. His face is always listless. Characteristically-speaking.
Lights-out shooting from Brandon Jennings (21 points) and Rodney Stuckey (20) combined with the formidable inside presence of second year defensive ace Andre Drummond (six offensive rebounds, three blocks) propelled the Pistons' lead to 22 near the end of the third quarter, and the game was essentially over.
Some spirited play from the Spurs' D-League platoon cut into the lead in garbage time, but the boys from the Motor City held on to claim the 109-100 victory.
Your Spurs fall to 37-15 on the season. Next up on the schedule are the Celtics on Wednesday.
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