SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Spurs continued their winning ways with a 125-87 victory over the LA Clippers (17-11) at the AT&T Center on Thursday night to continue their homestand.

The win was the fourth straight for San Antonio, who have won four of their last five games. The Spurs moved to 4-0 in their six-game homestand with two remaining before they hit the road again.

“I thought we played a really good defensive game,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “It really fueled our offense.”

Here what went good for the Spurs, as well as three standout players: LaMarcus Aldridge, Rudy Gay, and Marco Belinelli.

The Good:
  • San Antonio is starting to string together wins and are looking like a team who is starting to figure things out on both ends of the court.
  • The Spurs are now 8-1 when they hold the opponent to less than 100 points this season.
  • The Spurs used two 30-plus point quarters to put the game out of reach and on the defensive end held LA to a 10-point fourth quarter.
  • San Antonio’s defense has improved over the past few weeks and now the Spurs are 4-1 in their last five games.
  • The Spurs are back above .500 (fist pump!)
Three Standout Players:

LaMarcus Aldridge:

The forward was a monster inside for the Spurs all night long, while hitting from the outside as well.

Aldridge finished with a team-leading 27 points on 86 percent shooting. He added four rebounds, two steals, and an assist to the stat sheet as well in 26 minutes of action.

San Antonio’s defense limited LA to just 10 points in the final quarter, the fewest points they’ve given up in a quarter all season.

“It was a good defensive night tonight,” Aldridge said.

Rudy Gay:

Gay continues to light up the corner on both ends of the floor and he did just that on Thursday night, ensuring the Spurs would get another win.

He finished with 21 points on 6-of-8 shooting to go along with six rebounds. His only three was a deep attempt with the shot clock running out. But that just goes to show how much Rudy has been locked in the past week or so.

And he can only be even better from there. If that is even possible.

Marco Belinelli:

The Italian came off the bench and scored 14 points to pace the second unit. He may use his awkward off balance leaners but they are very effective. It is safe to say that Beli has been a help off the bench with the second unit so far in 2018.

Despite him not scoring a ton, his veteran presence does help more than hurt. And as we all know, it only takes one game to spark a nice run for a player. Just ask Rudy Gay.

UP NEXT:

The Spurs are now 15-14 on the season and will return to the court on Saturday night when they welcome the Chicago Bulls (6-23) to the AT&T Center at 7:30 pm Central Time to continue their homestand.

 

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