The good guys’ starting five got out to a huge lead against the Clippers and never looked back. On a night where the Spurs did not shoot particularly well from deep (32.4%) and only got to the line 6 times, energy and hustle carried them for the game. In what’s becoming routine for Dejounte Murray in his franchise-record 6th triple-double of the season, he led the team with 24 points and stacked the tree with gifts of 14 assists, 12 rebounds, and 4 steals. Jakob Poeltl and Keldon Johnson each had a double-double with Poeltl scoring 17 and grabbing 11 boards while Johnson doubled up with 12 and 12.
This stat sheet— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) December 21, 2021
Dejounte: 24p | 13a | 12r | 4s
Jakob: 17p | 11r | 5a | 3s | 2b
Doug: 16p |2a
Derrick: 15p | 4r | 4a
Keldon: 12p | 12r
Bryn: 10p | 4r | 4a
Jock 8p | 5r
Devin: 6p | 8r | 3a
Lonnie: 6p | 2r
Tre: 8r | 3a pic.twitter.com/5fpzyAHJRL
What else can you say about Dejounte Murray other than he does everything superhumanly possible to keep the Spurs in every game. He leads by example, and tonight was no different.
My wife walked by as I was watching this game and noticed Jock Landale’s name appearing in the closed captioning. She said, “Just once I want to see a professional athlete with an antithetical name like ‘Doctor Landale’ or ‘Lawyer Landale’ or ‘Influencer Landale.’” I gave that joke a 7 on a scale of 10. But don’t tell her that because she puts up with way more dad jokes than she deserves to.
Londale logged 10+ minutes for the second game in a row, and fared pretty well. It’s a welcome sight for the Spurs who need more bigs down low and to stretch opposing defenses.
Murray went 4 for 6 from the three point line last night. At one point, the ball was engulfed in flames every time Murray touched it and popped a three, but NBA Jam called Bally Sports Southwest and asked them to edit the flames out.
GO DJ CAUSE THAT'S MY DJ @DejounteMurray with 17 PTS, 6 AST and 5 REB in the first half! pic.twitter.com/zUmOzcARey— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) December 21, 2021
Dejounte Murray was rewarded for disturbing the Clippers’ offense with this feed for the open floor slam. His four steals in the box score does not fully reflect his disruptive presence on the defensive end.
DJ brought it all the way back @DejounteMurray | #PorVida pic.twitter.com/I9P88IrgfA— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) December 21, 2021
Here’s the Snyder Cut of that highlight, without the weird rock ballad soundtrack that gives it that awkward late ‘90s emo music video vibe. And it’s not four hours long!
We see you DJ! @spurs | @DejounteMurray | #PorVida pic.twitter.com/DeAozfIEw6— Bally Sports San Antonio (@BallySportsSA) December 21, 2021
Jakob Poeltl is just clicking his heels after this jam and saying “there’s no place like road wins, there’s no place like road wins.”
POELTL JAM! pic.twitter.com/GEe4NIXEv9— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) December 21, 2021
Here, Poeltl bails out his teammate by grabbing the dime that Murray slips past the cabal of Clipper defenders. Jakob can definitely promote a new skincare line with those soft hands.
WHAT. A. PASS. pic.twitter.com/Z4NJyalH0V— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) December 21, 2021
Since November 10th, Keldon Johnson has shot a scorching 59% from the three-point line. That’s 20 made out of 34 attempts. The Spurs want him to keep ripping it from deep, and I don’t think it’s any use arguing with them.
K3LDON strikes again! pic.twitter.com/iey7oDrCBl— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) December 21, 2021
Lonnie Walker IV flew in the lane for this thunderous dunk. He also offers two-day air delivery for anyone out there that wants to get me a fresh Fiesta jersey for Christmas.
oh my @lonniewalker_4 pic.twitter.com/Tmjrk8PzNJ— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) December 21, 2021
If you missed last night’s late game, here are the full-game highlights:
Next up, the Spurs stay in Hollywood to take on the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday, December 23, 2021.