The San Antonio Spurs (52-12) bounced back from an embarrassing loss by beating the Detroit Pistons (23-42) 111-104 and clinch a playoff berth.
The Spurs hit their first 14 shots and finished with a season high 40 points in the first quarter to take a 14 point lead and never looked back.
Now it’s time to check out some numbers in this Spurs’ recent victory.
64.3 – The Spurs shot a blistering 45-of-70 (64.3%) from the floor while holding the Pistons to just 42-of-93 (45.2%) shooting from the field.
48 – San Antonio won the inside battle, outscoring Detroit 48-38 on inside points.
46.2 – The Pistons shot well from behind the arc, making 6-of-13 (46.2%) three point attempts. The Spurs only made 6-of-16 (37.5%) shots from beyond the arc.
39 – Detroit controlled the boards, outrebounding San Antonio 39-32.
23 – Tony Parker led all scorers with 23 points. He also added seven assists and four steals on 11-15 shooting from the field.
20 – Richard Hamilton led the Pistons with 20 points off the bench.
19 – The Spurs beat the Pistons on transition, outscoring Detroit 19-7 on fast break points.
17 – Manu Ginobili had 17 points and five dimes in 30 minutes of action for the Spurs.
16 – Tayshaun Prince and Greg Monroe scored 16 points a piece for the Pistons.
15 – Tracy McGrady started at point guard for the Pistons and delivered, he had 15 points, nine assists and seven rebounds in 35 minutes of action. Tim Duncan bounced back in a big way, he had a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Gary Neal added 15 points off the Spurs’ bench.
12 – Richard Jefferson added 12 points and three rebounds for the Spurs. Ben Gordon also scored 12 points for the Pistons.
9 – Duncan passed Robert Parish to move into sole possession of ninth place on the NBA career blocked shots lists with 2,362.
8 – Antonio McDyess had eight points and five boards in his first start of the season for the Spurs.
0 – Jefferson and Matt Bonner did not commit a single turnover while playing 20 minutes or more for San Antonio.
Rookie Watch: Neal had 15 points, two steals and one assist in 24 minutes, James Anderson had two rebounds and one assist in 8 minutes of action, Tiago Splitter was scoreless in one minute on the floor.
What’s Next? The Spurs will host the Sacramento Kings on Friday at the AT&T Center in San Antonio.
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