Role Players Step Up For San Antonio Spurs In Double OT Victory
A double-overtime thriller against the Washington Wizards was not the most likely scenario for the San Antonio Spurs, but that was the exact result of last night’s meeting. In a game that saw Tim Duncan foul out for the second time this season, the Spurs came away with the 125-118 road win.
In their second game of their nine-game road trip, the Spurs had to rely on a team effort to carry them through some second-half adversity. The troubles began when San Antonio lost Tony Parker to lower back tightness; he did not participate in the second half and neither of the two overtimes. With their offensive initiator on the bench, Duncan stepped up and scored a season-high 31 points and added 11 rebounds. He was efficient in his offensive attack with 13-of-20 shooting from the field. Once fouling out in the second overtime, the Spurs were at a distinct disadvantage from an offensive standpoint.
In his second game back since a hand injury, Danny Green came up huge in the second overtime as he hit a crucial three in the baseline corner to seal the deal for the Spurs. Green finished with 22 points and was 5-of-11 from downtown.
San Antonio’s bench was lead by Patty Mills and his 23 points on the night. Mills only committed one turnover all game and went a perfect 5-of-5 from the charity stripe. On a saddening note, the Spurs did lose Tony Parker as he will not be ready for their next road game against the Brooklyn Nets. If the Spurs can get help from their role players like they did against the Wizards then they should have no trouble with the struggling Nets.