Marco Belinelli scored 18 and the San Antonio Spurs took down the New Orleans Pelicans, 96-80. San Antonio (57-16) has now won 17 straight contests, dating back to a 120-110 victory over the Detroit Pistons on February 26th.
Belinelli went 7-11 from the field (4-5 on 3-point attempts) in a quality offensive outing. Other top contributors for San Antonio included Kawhi Leonard with 15 points and 5 rebounds, and Tim Duncan with 12 points and 8 rebounds. On 7-16 shooting, Brian Roberts put up 18 points off the bench for New Orleans in the loss.
In addition to 25.0% from 3-point range, the Pelicans tallied an eFG% of just 41.4%. They are 1-8 on the season when registering marks below 30% and 45%, respectively, in those statistics. The Spurs, conversely, are undefeated (15-0) when holding the opposition to such dismal shooting numbers.
This defeat means an end to a five-game winning streak for New Orleans, pushing their record to 32-41 for the year.
Coming up, the Spurs square off with the Indiana Pacers, who are 52-21 on the season. The Pelicans meet the Sacramento Kings, currently sitting at 25-48 this year. The Spurs have a 0-1 record against Indiana this season. The Pelicans have fallen to Sacramento the last two times they have met.