The shorthanded San Antonio Spurs played perhaps their best basketball of the year, blowing out the fourth-place New York Knicks and hanging 119 points on the stingiest defense in the NBA despite coming into the evening winless on SEGABABAs.
Trey Lyles led San Antonio with a season-high 18 points, giving them their league-best ninth-different single-game leading scorer of the season. Dejounte Murray, DeMar DeRozan, Patty Mills, Lonnie Walker IV, and Luka Samanic also reached double-digits.
.@TreyLyles was cooking — San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) March 3, 2021
season-high 18 PTS | 5 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL pic.twitter.com/KAkWDodEGq
Lyles was feeling himself the second he stepped onto the court, scoring the first five points for the Silver and Black and firing away any time the ball touched his hand.
TR3Y LYL3S @TreyLyles scored our first 5 points of the game pic.twitter.com/AgwUbCmGHp— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) March 3, 2021
Third-year two-guard Lonnie Walker IV flashed his developing passing chops with a perfectly placed live-dribble drop-off dime in the paint to Jakob Poeltl.
.@lonniewalker_4 dropping dimes pic.twitter.com/8lBy0Xfezy— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) March 3, 2021
Keldon Johnson made his long-awaited return from COVID protocols and picked up right where he left off, relentlessly charging the rim with defenders draped all over him.
KJ getting after it pic.twitter.com/NMYcmumD57— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) March 3, 2021
Third-string center Drew Eubanks got in on the action with an impressive recovery block, pinning what appeared to be a guaranteed layup against the backboard.
DREW DENIAL ♂️ @DrewEubanks12 pic.twitter.com/qSe3ExxyVh— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) March 3, 2021
Blockob Poeltl continued his shot-swatting ways as he effortlessly sent away a feeble scoop attempt with a swift flick of his massive seven-one wingspan.
BLOCKAB pic.twitter.com/bI3Q0A3unK— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) March 3, 2021
The Austrian big man also played a bit of point-five following a hounding full-court press from Keldon and rewarded the wing for his efforts with a gorgeous assist on the break.
defense ➡️ Big Body offense pic.twitter.com/XMgTQjQpzF— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) March 3, 2021
San Antonio capped the half with a flawlessly executed inbounds play that resulted in a buzzer-beating three-pointer from the always-trusty Patty Mills.
that's COLD @Patty_Mills pic.twitter.com/VbVx8F4hLY— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) March 3, 2021
All-Star snub DeMar DeRozan fired an unbelievable back-to-the-basket skip pass to Trey Lyles in the short-corner for a triple that made sweet string music.
Trey is on !!@TreyLyles with 13 PTS on the game and 8 in the quarter pic.twitter.com/gCfit3Fcim— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) March 3, 2021
Recent Austin Spurs assignee Luka Samanic continued proving naysayers wrong, playing stellar man-to-man defense and recording his first double-figure scoring outing of the season.
. @SamanicLuka— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) March 3, 2021
(peep KJ in the back ) pic.twitter.com/bpeEaPm2YO
Even two-way contract signee Keita Bates-Diop found a way to get involved, pursuing his misfire from three and putting it back with a reverse on the other side of the hoop.
That's why you follow your shot, kids — San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) March 3, 2021
The Buckeye sticks with it for 2️⃣! @KBD_33 pic.twitter.com/KDeB1FcIJ7
Dejounte Murray took part in the Spurs’ three-point party, nailing an above-the-break trifecta off some textbook ball movement from his selfless teammates.
@DejounteMurray— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) March 3, 2021
16 threes for SA!! pic.twitter.com/VNdS3Ya7D5
And here are the full game highlights should you feel like reliving San Antonio’s Tuesday night triumph and their absolute clinic on how to execute team-first basketball:
The Silver and Black return to the hardwood on Thursday night for a primetime matchup with the Oklahoma City Thunder to close out the first half of their regular-season schedule.