San Antonio Spurs Show Versatility in Win Despite Missing Tim Duncan

By winstonharris
Gregg Popovich
Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

The San Antonio Spurs have not taken their foot off of the gas pedal and it doesn’t matter who is driving. As Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili rested, the Spurs rolled to their 13th-straight win by knocking off the formidable Golden State Warriors in a final 99-90 score.

It was the second game in a back-to-back for the Spurs so Gregg Popovich decided to give his veterans a break. But unlike most teams, San Antonio has so many pieces that can contribute at any given time; they were able to grind out a win on the Warriors’ home floor. Tiago Splitter stepped up in Duncan’s absence with a double-double of 17 points and 14 rebounds. He was solid all night and really controlled the tempo down low.

Tony Parker was his usual self in the point-guard battle with the Warriors’ prodigy in Stephen Curry. Parker and the Spurs were able to hold Curry to a respectable 20 points. On the flip side, Parker added his own 20 points and five assists as well.

The contributions kept coming from all facets of the San Antonio offense. Marco Belinelli was huge off the bench with 15 points, but it was Danny Green’s shooting that stifled any comeback that Golden State had planned. Green was 5-of-9 from three-point range and ended the game with 18 points.

After the dust settled, Spurs had proved why they are the most dangerous team in the NBA. Everyone on their team is capable of making a significant contribution and it makes them almost impossible to guard. While teams like the Miami Heat are slowly coming apart at the seams, the Spurs are only growing stronger with every win on this hot streak.

Winston Harris is a San Antonio sports writer at Follow him on twitter @winstonharris34. “Like” him on Facebook and add him on Google.

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