1. Vs. Wizards – 125-118 – February 5
Fast forward to 1:30 left in regulation. Pop draws up another mastermind play and Mills delivers a beauty from down under to cut the Wizards’ lead to 2 points. After the Spurs got the stop, Mills found Duncan as he was falling to the ground, and Duncan hit a wonderful floater to tie it up at 99. Great defense by Green on Wall, got the Spurs the ball back and Belinelli and Mills just missed shots that would have won the game.
OVERTIME 1; Huge baskets by Mills, Green, Duncan, and Belinelli should have won the game for the Spurs, but critical turnovers and some defensive breakdowns for layups, including a steal and last second layup for Wall, sent the game into double OT. Two possessions sandwiched between clutch Patty Mills free throws put the Spurs in the driver's seat again. Belinelli hit a running jumper, and with the shot clock running down, with just over a minute left and the Spurs up by 2 points, Diaw fired a pass from the baseline to Green in the corner, and Green delivered a dagger three-pointer to put the Spurs up by 5 points and gave them the win. Duncan had 31-11-5-3-2. Green (22), and Mills(23) both played very well and hit clutch shots right when the Spurs needed them.
2. Vs. Blazers – 111-109 – February 19
a back to back, one night after beating the Clippers, the Spurs without Parker, Duncan, and Leonard defeat the Blazers sans Aldridge. The Spurs with injuries galore, somehow still summon the magic on the Rodeo Road Trip as they do year after year, and got a huge win. The stats: Mills (29), Belinelli (20), Ginobili (16-5-4 in only 19 minutes) Green (16), Splitter (15), Diaw (11). Spurs are now 22-7 on the road.
3. Vs. Timberwolves – 117-110 – December 13
When basketball games are this entertaining, no sport can compare. I must pay the Wolves their respect. Love was 8 of 9 on 3 pointers at one point and finished with 42 points and 14 boards. In the 4th, the Spurs shot well, but couldn't stop the hot shooting Wolves either. Finally, Ginobili hit a game-tying three pointer to tie it at 102 with just over 5 minutes left. With the game tied again at 104, Ginobili pulled up on the break and drilled a clutch three-pointer as he has so many times before to put the Spurs back up 107-104. Duncan (12-14-8), Parker (29 and 6) and Ginobili (20 and 9)all converted three more baskets as the Wolves kept scoring themselves to keep the Spurs narrowly ahead. Finally with a three point lead and 37 seconds left, Pop drew up a classic Spurs play. Parker cut back door, and Duncan found him and the Spurs were up five. A stop and a couple of Ginobili free throws and the Spurs had the win.
4. Vs. Warriors – 104-102 – December 19
Without the big three and on the road against the Warriors, the Spurs found a way to win. Belinelli was unbelievable with 28 points. Mills was also fantastic with 20, and Leonard had 21 points. Then enter the x-factor, Boris Diaw, who made the plays at the end to get a big road win. On the Spurs’ last possession, Belinelli missed a contested jumper, and Diaw came up with the offensive rebound, and put up a reverse layup which just rolled off the rim. Splitter, who was 0-6 tipped in the game-winner with 2 seconds left. The Spurs then swarmed Curry on the Warriors’ last shot, forcing him into a wild shot that missed the mark.
5. Vs. Hawks – 102-100 – December 2
After the Hawks’ Teague, hit a game-tying three-pointer, Pop drew up a play for Duncan, who was freed by a Belinelli screen. Duncan caught a pass from Manu, and released a beauty of a jumper to put the Spurs ahead with .4 left to win the game. Duncan had 23 points and 21 rebounds in a monster game. A great game throughout and a classic ending with Duncan delivering yet another clutch shot for the Spurs