Unlike last Friday’s victory over the Los Angeles Lakers, where the San Antonio Spurs went into the second quarter ahead 15 points and eventually won by 34. Wednesday was a different story, but had the same outcome. Tony Parker (25 points) and Kawhi Leonard (22 points, 10 rebounds) led the Spurs to a 125-109 win over the Lakers, however, it was a game where the Lakers made San Antonio earn the victory all the way until the fourth quarter. Here were some key factors to the Spurs’ 11th win in a row in which seven players scored in double-figures.
The Machine continues to roll
The Spurs came in Wednesday with seven players averaging double-figures in scoring Post-All Star break. That trend continued against the Lakers as Danny Green scored 16 points, Manu Ginobili scored 13 points, Tim Duncan scored 12 points while also grabbing 16 rebounds, and both Marco Belinelli and Tiago Splitter scored 10 points each. Check out the Spurs’ players scoring by quarter numbers (with five or more points).
1Q: Green 11 points, Splitter 6 points
2Q: Parker 9 points, Ginobili 5 points
3Q: Parker 8 points, Leonard 7 points, Diaw 5 points, Belinelli 5 points
4Q: Leonard 7 points, Belinelli 5 points
In order for the players above to score those points, ball movement and efficient shots were necessary. The Spurs did well in both of those aspects as they threw 34 assists on 50 made baskets (68%), and shot 53% from the floor. Of their 34 assists, 14 were secondary assists, and San Antonio tallied four assists that led to free throw attempts. Duncan, Parker, Ginobili, and Diaw all threw over five assists in the game, while Parker had six secondary assists as well.
Of the Spurs’ 95 shots, more than half were uncontested (52 uncontested shots on 48% shooting), and only 42 were contested, as the team still shot 60% on those contested looks. The high output scoring continued for San Antonio as they reached 125 points on the night, and scored 33 or more points in all but the second quarter. The team also continued to keep their turnovers below their season average with just 12 on the night.
Turning up the defense in the fourth quarter
Heading into the fourth quarter, the Spurs were only leading 92-87, after having given up 28 – 30 points in each of the first three quarters to the Lakers. In the fourth, however, the Spurs’ defense would lock-in and hold the Lakers to their lowest scoring quarter of the game. The Spurs held the Lakers to 22 points in the fourth, 4-of-21 shooting (21%), just 2-of-7 from three (29%), and they shut down the paint, as San Antonio outscored Los Angeles 10-4 in the paint.
Check out visually what the Lakers’ shot chart looked like in the fourth quarter.
Another key aspect to the win defensively was limiting Xavier Henry in the second half. By halftime, Henry had already scored 19 points on 8-of-14 shooting. In the second half, Henry was shut down by the Spurs’ defense going 1-of-8 shooting in the next two quarters, for just five points.
Of the Lakers’ 91 shots on the night, the Spurs contested 52 of them, forcing the Lakers to shoot 44% on those looks, and San Antonio only allowed the Lakers 39 uncontested shots, where the Lakers couldn’t take advantage only shooting 41% on those attempts.
A look into the 11-game winning streak
During their 11-game winning streak, the Spurs are beating teams by an average of 15.4 points per game. The Spurs are scoring 113.7 points, shooting 50.5% from the field, 45.9% from three, collecting 30.0 assists, and only turning the ball over 14.2 times per game. Defensively, they’re holding teams to 98.4 points per game during the streak.
The Spurs are ranked first in Offensive Rating with 114.8 points per 100 possessions and ranked fourth in Defensive Rating by holding teams to 99.6 points per 100 possessions during the streak.
The Nine Core Players Post All-Star Break
The Spurs have the best record post All-Star Break at 13-1. Check out how their nine core players are scoring on average, each night after the All-Star break.
Parker (17.2 points), Leonard (14.5 points), Ginobili (13.9 points), Duncan (13.2 points), Mills (11.6 points), Belinelli (11.5 points), Green (11.4 points), Diaw (9.0 points), Splitter (8.7 points).
Where San Antonio Stands
- Regular Season: 51-16 (Lead the NBA)
- Road Record: 25-8 (Lead the NBA)
- Vs. Opponents with -. 500 records: 28-2 (Lead the NBA)
- Vs. The Western Conference: 29-10
- Post All-Star Break Record: 13-1 (Lead the NBA)
- 28 of the Spurs’ 51 wins have been by 10 or more points
- The Spurs are 9-0 in the month of March.
- The Spurs are 20-0 when Tiago Splitter scores in double-figures.
- The Spurs are 12-0 when the team grabs 50 or more rebounds in a game.
(All Stats and Player Tracking data via NBA.com)