Everything seems to be progressing smoothly for the San Antonio Spurs. They can’t complain about much since their 12th consecutive victory came in the form of a 99-79 routing of the Sacramento Kings. It was a tough game to watch, but thanks to Marco Belinelli, the Spurs continue to sit pretty.
San Antonio’s bench leads the NBA in many categories, and it is no wonder why, since they wield many weapons off of the pine. One of those sharpened tools of destruction is Mr. Belinelli, who finished the night with 17 points in 22 minutes off the bench. But it wasn’t just his scoring total that was worthy of attention, it was the fact that 13 of his 17 was scored in the 4th quarter.
It was an offensive struggle all night for the Spurs, who only mustered a poor 38.7 percent shooting from the field. Tim Duncan scored his 10 points on a rough 3-of-12 shooting. He missed his first seven attempts before finally getting one to fall, and Danny Green only totaled three points in a 1-of-6 shooting effort. Belinelli was the bright spot, and started off the last period with a big three ball to set the tone.
Besides the lack of scoring efficiency, the Spurs were able to maintain good defensive pressure to give the Kings some trouble. Sacramento coughed up the ball 15 times and got out-rebounded by a margin of four.
The ugly wins often build resiliency, and that is exactly what San Antonio can take away from this one. This type of game resembled the adversity that may be faced in a seven game series during the playoffs, and the best bench in the league responded with a performance that is sure to continue in the future.