Friday, January 20, 2012

Spurs Update

Another stellar outing from Tim Duncan headlined our 9th home victory of the season - 24 pts. 11 reb. 4 ast. in 31 minutes. Like most games this season, the Spurs got out to a great start, and led 56-42 at halftime. The Suns were able to cut into the lead enough that Pop had to play the starters more minutes than we would've expected (all 30+). Tony had 17 pts. on 8 of 20 shooting, and 9 ast. Phoenix closed within 5 twice in the 4th, but it was solid defense down the stretch, and a few key shot from Jefferson, Parker, and Duncan, too, to give the Spurs the 102-91 WIN.

Once again my Spurs came out of the gate HOT in Miami and Blair & Parker were key contributors, as we jumped out to a 35-26 lead after 1Q. Danny Green hit a jumper at the end of the first that was sure help our momentum. We outscored the Heat 12-2 for about 6 minutes in the 2nd, as Gary Neal got hot, but then Chris Bosh started hitting several outside shots. Neal kept it up, and Parker hit 4 late FTs. Danny Green hit a half-court shot at the buzzer to give us a 63-49 half-time lead. The 63 is our season high for a half, thus far.

The 3rd Q began with a quick Joel Anthony dunk, two more Bosh jumpers, a couple of nice shots by Duncan and Parker, but then a key jumper by LeBron. And it was all he needed to find his game. LeBron scored 17 in the Q, and the Heat outscored us 39-12 in the 3rd.

Here is's video summary of the game..

The closest we were in the 4th Q was 15, but then Mike Miller started hitting threes like a robot. He went 6-6 from three in his first game back from a sports hernia injury, and sealed the deal for Miami 120-98. Danny Green led us in scoring with a sweet 6 of 7 night from three-range, and 20 points. Parker also added 18.

In Orlando the next night nothing was pretty. Both teams struggled shooting, and both defenses were very good throughout. Duncan, Splitter, and Blair led us in the first half to a 40-37 lead. We would lead most of this game until the early 4th when Ryan Anderson got hot, and he & Dwight Howard made it a game again. An amazing Parker fall-away gave us a 73-69 lead with just less than 3 minutes left. With the score tied at 73, and 36 seconds left, Danny Green drove the lane, dished to Duncan, and he hit a one-hander. In the final seconds of regulation, JJ Reddick was fouled by Danny Green. Reddick then hit both FTs, and a Parker jumper at the buzzer missed.

Parker, Reddick, Jefferson, and Howard traded buckets, but it was Gary Neal's three with 28 seconds left that gave us a 3-point lead. Von Wafer made a layup, but Jefferson hit a clutch FT to give the Spurs our 1st road WIN of the year, 85-83 in OT.

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10-5 now. Next victim is Sacramento in our place, followed by trips to Houston and New Orleans. The back-to-back is a flight to Houston after the home game vs. SAC in this case. We should get on a roll here, but with 5 of 7 games on the road coming up, you never know. Atlanta at home next Wed. is gonna be a good measuring stick.

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