The Spurs capped the first half of the 2020/2021 NBA season with an uncharacteristically sloppy loss to the Oklahoma Thunder. DeMar DeRozan led the team with 20 points, Trey Lyles notched a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Dejounte Murray chipped in 14 points while dishing out 9 assists. The good guys can take solace that Trey Lyles, Lonnie Walker IV, and Luka Samanic can plug into whatever roles the team needs whenever a starter or rotation player is out.
Also occurring tonight, 6th man extraordinaire Patty Mills moved into 6th place for threes made off the bench. Good for Spurs fans and good on you, Patty!
Congrats to @Patty_Mills on moving into 6th in @NBA history for three's made off the bench, passing @TheRealJRSmith! @spurs | #GoSpursGo pic.twitter.com/qU9ibcqVhh— FOX Sports Southwest (@FOXSportsSW) March 5, 2021
Trey Lyles takes his coffee the same way he takes this ball to the hoop: one pump, ice cold, with a little splash off the glass:
Pump fake. Up & under.— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) March 5, 2021
Sheesh, @TreyLyles pic.twitter.com/iW2E4XvkdJ
This swarming defense is brought to you tonight by the law firm of DeRozan, Murray, and Lyles. Dial 222-2222 if you or a loved one has experienced a fast break like this one:
Squad holding it down on both ends #GoSpursGo pic.twitter.com/NOiU2ZK51N— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) March 5, 2021
Here, Dejounte Murray intercepted the ball for another pick 2. He had 2 steals tonight, and this season he continues to be in the league’s top ten for steal average (1.6 per game) and totals (52).
DJ gonna DJ @DejounteMurray | #GoSpursGo pic.twitter.com/uwoo5UTmEx— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) March 5, 2021
You know what’s to love about this touch pass from Keita Bates-Diop to Patty Mills? Absolutely everything.
That pass tho @KBD_33 ➡️ @Patty_Mills pic.twitter.com/evrUl7mtnB— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) March 5, 2021
The Spurs ran this inbound play to perfection starting with Keita Bates-Diop drawing his man off of his feet and passing it to Drew Eubanks who immediately fed it back to a cutting Bates-Diop for a bucket:
Dimes & dunks!@DrewEubanks12 | @KBD_33 pic.twitter.com/eBN26E8HgM— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) March 5, 2021
And last but never least, the full game highlights:
Next up, the Spurs take some more time off for the All-Star break before they start their very busy schedule of the second half of the season. They next face the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday, March 10, 2021.