It wasn’t their finest hour on the defensive end, but the San Antonio Spurs had more than enough offense in order to cruise past the Detroit Pistons by the final score of 120-110 on Wednesday night.
The San Antonio defense wasn’t very “Spurs-like” by allowing 50% shooting from the floor and 50% from long-range (in route to 110 points) from the Pistons, but it didn’t matter. San Antonio’s offense was sparkling from the opening tip, scoring 28 points or more in all 4 quarters and posting some insane numbers in the efficiency categories. The Spurs shot a blistering 54% from the field, 47% from 3-point range, 92% (23-for-25) from the free throw line, and frankly, that was just the beginning.
Ball movement is at the center of everything that Gregg Popovich and company do on the offensive end and it was on full display here. The Spurs, playing without Tony Parker (!!!), assisted on 34 of their 44 baskets, and the distribution of points was even across-the-board. For reference, the home team saw a staggering 9 players in double-digits (plus Danny Green with 8 points), and the two leading scorers on this night (Marco Belinelli with 20 and Manu Ginobili with 16) came off the bench in less than 30 minutes of court time.
To be honest, this was a brutal loss for the Pistons as they fight for the playoffs. On the bright side, the current #8 seed (Atlanta) lost on this night, but with Detroit playing high-level offense for much of the night, it seems almost incomprehensible that they would lose by double-digits, but when you run into the buzzsaw that is San Antonio, these things happen.