The San Antonio Spurs rightfully sported their fatigue-colored jersey as they battled the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday night. The Spurs looked to their general of the post in Tim Duncan to turn back the clock and carry them to their second consecutive victory.
The Spurs have been getting off to pretty sloppy starts in their past few games. Wednesday night against the Detroit Pistons, San Antonio registered 11 turnovers in the first half and the trend spilled over into this game. While 19 was the total amount of turnovers sitting in the Spurs stat line at the end of the night, they were still able to pull out the 92-82 victory. Mostly unforced turnovers, San Antonio grouped around Duncan’s 17 points and 16 rebounds.
During the game, Duncan’s 12th rebound helped him surpass Hakeem Olajuwon on the NBA‘s career rebounds list with 13,753 rebounds. His 791st double-double sits him sixth all-time on the list, trailing Hall of Famer Karl Malone.
Another great sight to see was Kawhi Leonard regaining his game form, playing 30 minutes and registering 12 points on 4-of-9 shooting. The temporary playing cast that sits on his right hand does not seem to inhibit his shooting and handling ability. Boris Diaw also played a large amount of minutes and impacting the game in ways that did not show up in the box score.
A drawback of Duncan’s big night was the fact that he clocked in 33 minutes, which could be a tad over Gregg Popovich‘s liking for the big man. Luckily, the Spurs have a day to rest the “Big Fundamental” before they face their in-state rivals in the Dallas Mavericks.