The Spurs started off the week facing the Phoenix Suns, their 20-point loss from Nov 14 was without a doubt avenged. The Spurs came into the game having won two in a row and were led by Bryn Forbes in both points and assists. The total team effort saw all players who logged minutes’ notch points. DeMar DeRozan scored a season low 5 points, however, the game only allowed Bryn Forbes to play more than 30 minutes. Spurs 111 Suns 86
The home stand continued on Thursday against a top 4 seed in the West, the Los Angeles Clippers. The Clippers jumped out of the gate this season and have been a surprise in the west after surrendering the final piece of their core, DeAndre Jordan. The Spurs showcased their highly powered offense in the first jumping out to an 11-point lead. However, the clippers were able to hang around until the Spurs blew the game wide open in the third. What was most impressive was the resurgence of the Spurs defense which allowed less than 90 points for the second straight game.
Spurs 125 Clippers 87
The Bulls came to town having recently fired their head coach and enduring turmoil as the players held a players’ only meeting due to the interim head coach’s tactics. An almost guarantee win on the surface against the 7-win Bulls turned out to be a 5-point loss. The Spurs held a 24-point lead at one point and were unable to seal the deal on a potential 5 game winning streak. LaMarcus Aldridge has begun to show signs of returning to last season’s peak form as he notched 29 points in the effort.
Spurs 93 Bulls 98
The 76ers came into town for their lone meeting in San Antonio in the regular season. The final game at home before heading on the road would be a tough one against the potential eastern conference representative in the NBA finals. The Spurs were able to overcome a slow start and eventually open up an 11-point lead at the half behind double-digits from DeRozan and Aldridge. In the third they were able to blow open the game leading by as much as 27 at one point. The Spurs were able to close the home stand with a 27-point victory which saw the big 3 of Rudy Gay, LaMarcus Aldridge, and DeMar DeRozan combine for 61. Spurs 123 76ers 96
Note: The win over the Phoenix Suns thrusted Gregg Popovich to 4th all-time in wins by a head coach.
12/19 at Orlando
12/21 vs Timberwolves
12/22 at Rockets