Tony Parker once again led the offense with 20 points and five assists, the bench played a prominent role but most impotantly, the Spurs took advantage of the early exit of Marc Gasol on their route to a 102-86 win.
The reigning Defensive Player of the Year left the game in the second quarter after suffering a sprained left knee and the Spurs took full advantage of it, attacking the rim successfully and trying to get easy shots near the basket. As a result, the Spurs ended the game with 52 points inside the paint but it wasn’t their only offensive resource.
The bench, led by shooters Manu Ginobili and Marco Belinelli, notched 45 points and the team as a whole was pretty efficient shooting the ball. The Spurs shot 41 percent from beyond the arc and 53 percent overall on their route to an easy win that was only sealed in the final stages of the game.
The Spurs seem to be riding a hot streak and based on their solid efforts on both ends of the court, it seems like everything is going their way. The defense is working flawless, they are receiving contributions from all players in the roster and they have a legit MVP candidate in Tony Parker who’s been capable to lead the team when they have needed it.
It was clearly not necessary this time as the Spurs controlled the game basically from start to finish. If they continue this kind of play, they will be difficult to stop as the season advances.