The San Antonio Spurs took quality shots in this one, going 44-79 (55.7%) from the field, including 13-27 (48.1%) from three-point range, to easily get by the Philadelphia 76ers, 113-91. San Antonio (54-16) has now won 14 consecutive games, dating back to a 120-110 victory over the Detroit Pistons on February 26th.
Austin Daye came off the bench and put up 22 points on 8-13 shooting, including 6-10 on 3-point attempts, in a strong performance. San Antonio also got solid performances from Tim Duncan with 19 points and 5 rebounds, and Cory Joseph with 12 points and 7 rebounds. Despite the loss, Thaddeus Young scored 17 points for Philadelphia on 7-20 shooting. Byron Mullens contributed 15 points and 8 rebounds, James Anderson finished with 10 points and 6 rebounds, and Henry Sims put up 10 points and 7 rebounds.
As expected, the efficient offense of San Antonio (ranked fifth in the NBA in offensive efficiency) picked apart the porous defense of Philadelphia (ranked 26th in defensive efficiency), putting up 1.16 points per possession. The Spurs combined an eFG% of 63.9% with 48.1% 3-point shooting. They are 25-2 this year when registering marks above 55% and 40% in those respective statistics. The 76ers, on the other hand, are 1-14 when allowing opponents to hit those marks.
Philadelphia (15-56) has now lost 25 straight games.
Coming up next, the Spurs take on the Denver Nuggets, who are 32-39 on the year. The 76ers match up with the Houston Rockets, currently 48-22 this season. The Spurs have a 1-0 record against Denver this season. The 76ers have a 1-0 record against Houston this season.
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