The Spurs hit a season-high 18 3-pointers enroute to a 136-109 drubbing of the Detroit Pistons on Saturday night at the AT&T Center. DeMar DeRozan had 29 points and 8 assists, while LaMarcus Aldridge added 25 points and 12 rebounds in the blowout win.
San Antonio was an efficient 18 for 35 from 3-point range, including a career-high five made threes by Aldridge. The Spurs were just a shot shy of tying their season-high for 3-point attempts and shot 57% from the field in securing their largest victory at home.
Of his teams three point field goal outburst Saturday, Coach Popovich; who’s openly expressed his disdain for the three point shot says, “That’s what the league is all about. Opening up the paint so you get penetration and you kick it and everybody shoots 3s. Boring, but that’s the game.”
Prior to Saturday’s game, the Spurs were averaging 26 3-point attempts, and are trying more long-range shots. It has been an equalizer that has helped to propel the team in winning seven of their last 12 games.
The team still sits one game out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the West behind the Portland Trailblazers.
The Spurs set a season-high with 42 points in the third quarter, fueled by a 25-9 run beginning four minutes into the second half.
DeMar DeRozan has had 20-plus points in 400 career games. The only players with more 20-point outings since DeRozan was drafted in 2009 are LeBron James, Kevin Durant, James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Stephen Curry, Carmelo Anthony and Aldridge. Not bad company to be in.
Patty Mills joined the 800 club by hitting his 800th three point field goal off the bench against the Pistons. After hitting his 801st, he passed Dell Curry and is now the second highest three-point bench shooter for one team, behind former Spurs guard teammate Manu Ginobili. Mills finished Saturday’s game with 8 points and 2-6 on three point field goals.
Tue, Dec 31 vs Golden State (9-25) 6pm