The Spurs felt the absence of Tiago Splitter due to an injury, and the fact that Tim Duncan was fouled out with almost six minutes left in the fourth quarter certainly didn’t help the team’s cause. Luckily for the Spurs, Tony Parker remained in the game and carried the team’s offense until the final buzzer, as San Antonio handled New Orleans their sixth-straight loss by a 101-95 score.
As it has been the case in recent years – in a trend that appears to intensity with each season – Parker led the team on both ends of the court. The presence of Anthony Davis made things tougher for the French guard, but several lay-ups in the final minutes proved to be the difference for San Antonio, as the game ended up being closer than expected. Parker ended the game with 27 points and seven assists in a contest where the San Antonio’s backcourt scored efficiently.
With their bigs out down the stretch, San Antonio focused on scoring from the perimeter and the strategy, judging by the numbers, worked like a charm. Aside from Parker, players like Marco Belinelli, Manu Ginobili and Kawhi Leonard all scored over 12 points, stepping it up when things got rough.
It’s a good sign that the Spurs are being able to close out the games where the opponent deserves better luck. Good teams usually find ways to win even when they don’t fully deserve it and luckily for the Spurs, they will always an edge as long as they have Parker on the hardwood. He delivered today and led the Spurs to a victory, just like he has done several times in recent years.