The San Antonio Spurs closed out a brief two-game road trip with a 127-110 victory over the Golden State Warriors at the Chase Center on Friday night.
San Antonio rebounded from their first loss of the season just 24 hours prior and used their bench in a big way to get their first win of the season.
In case you missed it, here is what went good for the Spurs as well as three standout players: Patty Mills, LaMarcus Aldridge, and Rudy Gay.
- The Spurs rebounded from their first loss of the season and took care of business against a depleted Warriors squad.
- San Antonio’s bench scored 69 of the Spurs’ 127 points on the night.
- Patty Mills brought some of his Australia Boomers play to the game on Friday.
- Marco Belinelli had a nice outing and that will hopefully break him out of his slump. He finished with 9 points on 2-for-6 shooting, his best game of the young season.
Three Standout Players
The Aussie and fan-favorite had his best game of the season off the bench, putting his team on his back and letting them to the win.
Mills scored a season-high 31 points on 10-for-16 shooting and connected on 6-of-9 three-point attempts. He looked confident in his shot and showed why he’s earned Pop’s trust over the years. If he can remain consistent and scored between 10-15 points per game, San Antonio can easily win more games than they have the past few seasons.
“We’ve taken a lot of pride in how we carry ourselves as a second unit and what we have to do in terms of changing the tempo of the game and bringing that energy,” Mills said. “Not only holding our own but increasing that energy and effort level.”
The Spurs forward rebounded from a poor outing on Thursday and had a big game on Friday to help out Mills in the scoring column and on the defensive end.
Aldridge finished with 22 points on 8-of-15 shooting, with 14 of them coming in the second half. He added eight rebounds to his stat line as he overcame a season-worst five-point performance on Thursday. It is likely a game he needed as a date with Anthony Davis looms this weekend.
After struggling to start the season, the Spurs got a big night from Rudy Gay on Friday. For a natural scorer like Rudy, this should give him any confidence he may have been lacking.
Gay had 16 points off the bench on 77 percent shooting to go along with six rebounds. He was aggressive in attacking the basket, fighting for loose balls, and hitting his shots from three-point range.
The Spurs are now 4-1 on the season and will return to the court on Sunday when they welcome the Los Angeles Lakers (4-1) to the AT&T Center at 6 p.m.