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The Spurs' December was the most efficient in NBA history

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San Antonio just completed the best month since the league started tracking net rating.

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Throughout Tim Duncan's illustrious 19-year career in San Antonio, his team has suffered but one losing month: December 2014. NBA schedule makers were exceptionally unforgiving to the Silver and Black by marking them down for 18 games in 31 days, most of which were played without Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker. A new Big Three of Injuries, Timing, and Bad Luck emerged as the Spurs limped their way to a paltry 8-10 record. Fast forward a year, subtract half of the Foreign Legion, add one new and improved Klaw, two All-Star big men and one Bobinator and you have a San Antonio team that is blowing the doors off the Association. The numbers speak for themselves.

December 2015 stands in stark contrast to the abysmal December from last season. For all the talk of the Spurs still trying to find their identity on offense, they posted the league's second-best offensive rating this month. This is coupled with a 19-0 home record, 11 wins by 20 points or more, and a 28-6 record overall. Some may lament close losses on the road to the Thunder, Wizards, Bulls, Raptors, and Rockets but we know that the men on those teams get their paychecks too. It's tough winning road games in the NBA against good teams, especially when trying to incorporate several new cogs into the machine. In the short and long term, losing to good teams is infinitely better than losing to bad teams.

The 2015-2016 Spurs have set several team and NBA records during a transition period. This team is not done making improvements. But most of all, they're not done making history.