Coming off eight straight victories the Spurs renaissance has come off the heightened defensive play and the continued emergence of Derrick White. The Golden State Warriors came into the AT&T center owning the Western Conference’s best record. The improved Spurs defense was put to the test against the highly powered Warriors offense. Led by Demar’s near triple double (26 p, 8 a, 9r) and another solid contribution by Aldridge, who chipped in 23 points and 13 rebounds. Our defense was able to contain Klay and KD, KD never seemed to get it going due to foul trouble. The Spurs extended the win streak with a 111-105 win.
After an impressive win that gave the Spurs confidence with the playoffs looming, a dud of a performance ensued. In Dwayne Wade’s final game in San Antonio, which has seen multiple finals battles over his storied career, the Heat humbled the Spurs with a wire-to-wire performance. Down by 15 at the half the defensive mindset we had grown accustomed to was non-existent as we surrendered 38 in the second frame. A late push saw the Spurs take the lead briefly but were unable to overcome a night that lacked a sense of urgency.
San Antonio 105 Miami 110
The Spurs closed out the weekend with road games against Houston and Boston, respectively. A tale of two teams was the case as a dominant Lamarcus scored 48 against Boston. Against the Rockets the story of the game was reigning MVP James Harden. Harden notched 27 points in the first quarter alone. At halftime, we found ourselves down 15 for the second game in a row but were able to overcome a lead that ballooned to 19 in the third. In the final minutes of the game, we held a 100-94 but at that moment, James Harden struck again scoring Houston’s next 13. Harden’s Rockets were able to escape with a win.
Houston 111 San Antonio 105
Boston 96 San Antonio 115
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