The San Antonio Spurs had a strong shooting performance in this one, going 44-82 (53.7%) from the field, including 9-19 (47.4%) from three-point range, in a 120-110 win over the Detroit Pistons. San Antonio (41-16) has now won seven of their last 10 games.
Marco Belinelli came off the bench and put up 20 points on 6-8 shooting, including 4-4 on 3-point attempts, in a solid outing. Other key performers for San Antonio were Manu Ginobili with 16 points and 9 assists, Kawhi Leonard with 15 points and 6 rebounds, and Tim Duncan with 13 points and 9 rebounds. Despite the loss, Josh Smith scored 24 points for Detroit on 10-19 shooting, including 2-3 from behind the arc. Will Bynum chipped in 18 points and 9 assists and Andre Drummond finished with 16 points and 17 rebounds.
Like the metrics suggested, the sweet-stroking offense of San Antonio was able to scorch the nets (59.1% eFG%) against the bottom-tier defense of Detroit, which ranks second-worst in the league in eFG% defense at 52.0%. Along with their eFG% of 59.1%, the Spurs connected at a rate of 47.4% from 3-point range. On the season, they are 18-2 when they record marks above 55% and 40% in those respective categories. Conversely, the Pistons are 1-9 when allowing their opponents to reach those percentages.
Detroit (23-35) has now dropped their last three straight contests.
Coming up, the Spurs battle the Charlotte Bobcats, who are 27-30 on the season. The Pistons match up with the Houston Rockets, currently sitting at 39-18 this year. The Spurs are 1-0 versus Charlotte this season. The Pistons have a 0-1 record against Houston this season.