“We have a bigger picture in mind and the guys are focused on that”.
Tim Duncan had 12 points and eight rebounds and Tony Parker scored 10 points for San Antonio, whose 19 straight playoff appearances ties the Boston Celtics (1951-69) for the fourth-longest streak in National Basketball Association history.
Aldridge and Tim Duncan held Detroit center Andre Drummond to nine points and 14 rebounds, ending his career-high and the league’s season-high of consecutive double-doubles at 13 straight.
The Spurs, who have dropped four of the past six meetings with the Pelicans (23-36), shot just 3 for 14 from 3-point range and went to the foul line nine times against the Pistons. “We just quit moving the ball in the second half”. “The ball stuck and they’re the best defensive team in the league, so they made us pay for not really making them work”. We did not play together, we did not move the ball, we didn’t get to second and third options. Kawhi Leonard was the key in that match, scoring 27 points while LaMarcus Aldridge chipping in with 16 rebounds. “So it’s a little different situation than most of us have”, Van Gundy said. “He’s not going to play in this back-to-back or anything, but his progress has been much quicker than we thought”. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope shot 1 of 10 from the field and scored four points, yet outscored Spurs counterpart Danny Green by four points.
Stan Van Gundy, Aron Baynes criticize Pistons’ poor ball movement The Pistons got away from their offensive strength and paid for it in loss to Spurs. As Popovich stated, the 38-year-old has been definitively ruled out of both games of the Spurs’ back-to-back set against the Pistons (Wednesday) and Pelicans (Thursday).
But Leonard closed the half with a layup and short jumper to give the Spurs a 52-51 lead at halftime.
Veteran PG Andre Miller received a rousing ovation when he entered the game with a minute remaining in the third quarter for San Antonio. Pelicans played the Rockets on the road Wednesday night while the Spurs played at home against the Detroit Pistons.
The Spurs are edging closer and closer to becoming the second team in the Western Conference to mathematically book their place in the play-offs.
DeAndre Jordan returned 20 points and 18 rebounds while Chris Paul tallied 21 points and 13 assists for the Clippers.
Prior to the game, the Spurs’ Manu Ginobili announced that he’s been cleared to return to practice after undergoing testicular surgery February 4 from an injury suffered the night before against New Orleans.
The Raptors guard Kyle Lowry led with a game-high 32 points as the Toronto Raptors defeated the Utah Jazz 104-94 for their franchise-best 11th straight home win.