The San Antonio Spurs resumed the regular season after the All-Star break with a back-to-back set against the Washington Wizards and Miami Heat, splitting with both teams over the weekend.
In case you missed it, here’s a mini recap of both games:
Spurs 157, Wizards 153 (2 OT)
Yes, you are reading that final score correctly. The San Antonio Spurs returned from the All-Star break with a thrilling 157-153 double-overtime victory over the Wizards at Capital One Arena.
Dejounte Murray led the Spurs with 31 points, 14 rebounds, and 13 assists coming off his first All-Star appearance. Keldon Johnson scored a career-high 32 points, and Jakob Poeltl added a career-high 28 points.
”He looked like he got a little tired. Might have been too much All-Star break that he didn’t get,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. ”I put him in a one-on-one situation a few times and maybe I shouldn’t have done that, judging that he was a bit tired, but he’s our guy. He made a big 3, a couple of free throws, so, I think Michael (Jordan) missed some shots at the end of games, too.”
Kyle Kuzma matched his season-high with 36 points for the Wizards but it was not enough to take down the high-scoring Spurs squad.
Heat 133, Spurs 129
As a result of their wild double-overtime game, Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich opted to sit Murray, Johnson, and Poeltl. The Spurs were shorthanded and fell 133-129 to the Heat on Saturday night.
Devin Vassell, Keita Bates-Diop, and Lonnie Walker IV all scored 22 points for the Spurs. For Vassell, it was his career-high.
Tre Jones added 19 points and 11 assists.
The shorthanded Spurs were no match for Bam Adebayo, who scored season-high 36 points. Tyler Herro added 27 off the bench and Jimmy Butler scored 27 points in 30 minutes.
”We just kept on playing,” Popovich said. ”That’s the character of these guys. It’s probably the most special thing about them – a young group that keeps on playing. Very, very proud of them. Did a wonderful job against a fine basketball team, obviously.”
The San Antonio Spurs are now 24-37 on the season and will return to the court on Monday to face the Memphis Grizzlies at FedEx Forum.