Seven days ago the San Antonio Spurs had begun a sequence of five games in seven nights with a win in Denver. From there they would travel from the Rockies back down to San Antonio for a few games at home before traveling up to the East coast where they would defeat the New York Knicks by 31 points on Sunday.
Monday, with a matchup against former Spurs assistant Brett Brown and the upstart Philadelphia 76ers, the Spurs would look to win their 5th game in a row, though they would be without forward Tim Duncan who sat out of the game for rest.
Fast-forward to 48 minutes of play and the number 55 sticks out. Why, 55 stands for the number of points the Spurs have won by in the last two days as the Spurs defeated the 76ers in Philly by 24 points 109-85.
Danny Green, who was scorching back home in New York on Sunday with six 3-pointers and 24 points, continued his hot shooting mark in Philly where he connected on 5-of-7 three pointers to lead the Spurs with 18 points and seven rebounds.
The Spurs came out on fire once again in the first quarter as they jumped on the Sixers with a 31-13 lead. In the second quarter, the 76ers would bring the lead back down to six points, but the Spurs’ 3-point barrage kept the game at a distance throughout the night as San Antonio connected on 13-of-28 three pointers.
In the second half, Kawhi Leonard would come out with an aggressive quarter as he scored 11 of his 13 points in the third quarter. Meanwhile, in the third, the Spurs’ lead would get as high as 29 points, but Philadelphia would keep it in the 18-20 point range through the fourth quarter until the end of the game.
The Spurs’ offense continued to show consistency as six players scored in double-figures as Tony Parker scored 14 points and threw nine assists, Marco Belinelli came off the bench with 12 points, Tiago Splitter scored 11 points and grabbed six rebounds, and Patty Mills continued to show his feisty defense off the bench with four steals and 10 points.
Defensively, the Spurs held the Sixers to two quarters below 25 points, 42% shooting, and breakout rookie Michael Carter-Williams struggled on his way to eight points (on 2-of-11 shooting), four assists, three steals, three blocks, two rebounds, and two turnovers.
With the win, the Spurs are now 7-1 and continue to lead the Western Conference. They are averaging 100.4 points per game while holding teams to 91.5 points (a +8.9 margin). Their defense in points per game is only second to the Indiana Pacers (8-0), who are holding teams to 84.5 points per game. The Spurs have scored 100 points in 5 of their 8 games, while they’ve held teams to below 90 points in 4 of their 8 games.
The Spurs will fly back to San Antonio where they’ll have an off-day on Tuesday before resuming play at the AT&T Center on Wednesday as they host the Washington Wizards where they’ll wear the new military-inspired uniforms.