It was the first action in 11 games since suffering a broken finger, but Danny Green made his much anticipated return as he helped the San Antonio Spurs to a 102-95 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans.
It was plain to see that Green had been out by his stat line of 1-of-7 shooting from the field. Despite his seven total points, it just seemed like he provided the Spurs with the energy to muster through a pretty difficult game.
The Pelicans tried to avenge a loss earlier in the season at the hands of the Spurs. San Antonio found themselves quickly down 40-29 during the first half. Pelicans’ Eric Gordon pushed the pace with 12 first half points, and the Spurs trailed most of the first half to be down 54-42 at halftime.
The second was all Tony Parker and Tim Duncan. Both of the veterans were able to combine for an impressive 37 points. Green was able to knock down his first and only three-point field goal since returning from his hiatus, but it was not the offensive execution of the Spurs that should get the credit for the win. San Antonio made a collective effort on defense to shut down Pelicans’ star forward Anthony Davis.
Despite Davis finishing with 17 points and 16 rebounds, the Spurs made it difficult for the big man to be effective in the second half. He saw most of his shots contested by either Duncan or Boris Diaw. The Spurs’ big men were physical yet intelligent with the way they played Davis, and that allowed for easy transition into their offensive sets. The win puts the Spurs on a two-game winning streak, and with Green and Tiago Splitter back, San Antonio looks to regain their championship form.