All hands were on deck for the San Antonio Spurs as they trounced the New Orleans Pelicans by a score of 96-80. The 17th consecutive victory was a total team effort, which is the definition of the type of basketball the Spurs love to play.
The ease that San Antonio displayed in defeating the New Orleans was in part due to the absence of rising star Anthony Davis for the Pelicans. But it was the Spurs’ Marco Belinelli who had the hot hand once again, scoring 18 points on 4-of-5 shooting from deep. His 45.2 percent shooting from three-point land this season has been a major reason for the Spurs’ consistency.
Another reason for their domination is the versatility of the lineup. Five Spurs’ players broke double figures in scoring and the bench combined for a total of 43 points on the night. The Spurs’ offensive efficiency can be attributed to the lack of defensive effort exerted by the Pelicans.
It was even more impressive that the hot streak continued despite missing sharpshooter Danny Green, who is a major part of the Spurs’ offensive attack. Even though Green is set to be out indefinitely with a foot sprain, Belinelli has been filling his shoes and then some.
San Antonio has treated their season-high win streak with a nonchalant confidence that they treat any success they have met. It is almost as if they have expected this to happen before anyone could imagine a run of this caliber. And the fact that media outlets and fans alike refuse to pay any attention to the win streak is just adding more fuel to the Spurs’ fire.