The best road team in the NBA was looking to maintain their traveling dominance by overtaking the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night. With eight prior wins against the youthful Cavs, the San Antonio Spurs were able to execute the long ball in a 122-101 victory.
For anyone who tuned into the game, they received a free crash course in shooting the three-point shot from the Spurs’ backcourt. As a team, San Antonio knocked down 14-of-33 buckets from beyond the arc to finish with an impressive 42.4 three-point field goal percentage. Patty Mills scored 12 of his 16 points on just the three-ball alone and Kawhi Leonard was a perfect 2-for-2 from downtown.
Tony Parker and Tim Duncan were relatively quiet on the night as they each only scored seven points in almost three-quarters of the court time they usually see. It was Danny Green who had the breakout night with his 24 points on his nine made field goals. His team-high was attributed to the great ball-movement in the Spurs’ offense. And the shooting efficiency allowed San Antonio to tally a season-high 39 assists.
With all the high notes that made up the Spurs’ easy victory, it was the glaring issue of turnovers and a slow start that was difficult to overlook. The Spurs dug themselves a 23-13 hole at the end of the first quarter and racked up 11 turnovers to total the game. It seems as if San Antonio is still trying to regain the chemistry and roles of all the healthy players back in the lineup. Despite the early struggles, they still continue to compete and will continue to pick teams apart if healthy.