The San Antonio Spurs are 13-1 and showing no signs of slowing down any time soon.
San Antonio topped New Orleans by a score of 112-93 on Monday night, and it was the 11th consecutive win for the team with the best record in the Western Conference (tied for the best record in the NBA with Indiana). As usual, the Spurs did it with incredible offensive balance on this night, as seven players reached double-figures, with no single player exceeding 16 points (Manu Ginobili) on the night, despite the lopsided result.
Even more telling was the fact that the Spurs didn’t have a single starter play more than 25 minutes on the night, and their two biggest stars, Tim Duncan and Tony Parker, combined for just 24 points and 16 field goal attempts in the win. As a unit, San Antonio shot 54% from the field and 40% from the 3-point arc, and despite an uncharacteristic 19 turnovers, their offense flowed beautifully.
On the defensive end, they were equally dominant. The visiting Pelicans were held to 38% from the field and 13% (2 for 15) from beyond the arc, while star power forward Anthony Davis was given an NBA lesson by Duncan, Popovich and company to the tune of just 10 points and 8 field goal attempts in 33 minutes.
A quick look at San Antonio’s schedule yields jaw-dropping reactions. During their 11-game march, the Spurs have 7 double-digit victories (including 4 in a row), and they are doing it despite shockingly low numbers from Tim Duncan (11.5 points per game on 39% FG) and Manu Ginobili (9.8 points per game). San Antonio will never be the sexiest team in the league from a market standpoint, but they are long past the point of playing “boring” basketball, and the Spurs seem to be on a mission toward returning to the NBA Finals.