The San Antonio Spurs had a strong shooting performance in this one, going 35-67 (52.2%) from the field and 26-31 (83.9%) at the free throw line, in a close 101-95 win over the New Orleans Pelicans. San Antonio (30-8) has now won five in a row.
Tony Parker had another strong game, putting up 27 points on 9-15 shooting from the field and 9-10 from the free throw line. Other key performers for San Antonio were Tim Duncan with 18 points and 9 rebounds, and Kawhi Leonard with 13 points and 6 rebounds. Despite the loss, Anthony Davis put up 22 points for New Orleans on 9-18 shooting from the field and 4-5 from the free throw line. He also recorded 11 rebounds.
Along with their eFG% of 56.0%, the Spurs connected at a rate of 41.7% from 3-point range. On the season, they are 12-1 when they record marks above 55% and 40% in those respective categories. Conversely, the Pelicans are winless (0-6) when allowing their opponents to reach those percentages.
New Orleans (15-22) has now dropped their last six consecutive games.
Coming up next, the Spurs play the Utah Jazz, who are 12-26 on the year. The Pelicans go up against the Houston Rockets, currently 25-14 this season. The Spurs won their last two meetings with Utah. The Pelicans are 0-1 versus Houston this season.