The San Antonio Spurs Magical Season Continues
While most NBA eyes are pointed toward the Golden State Warriors’ chase for 73 wins, the San Antonio Spurs are busy breaking some records of their own.
The San Antonio Spurs set their franchise record for wins in a single season after improving to 64–12 with a victory over the Toronto Raptors on Saturday. The Raptors were only two losses behind the Cavaliers for the top seed in the East, but coach Dwane Casey still opted to rest his starting backcourt, with All-Stars Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan both sitting this one out.
San Antonio’s new “Big Two” scored their final 21 points of a 29-point period. Everyone else accounted for just 3-of-8 from the field. Where things really went haywire was in the third quarter, where the Thunder-esque streak between them extended to 37 points as they were literally the only two to score in a 16-point quarter in which their teammates shot 0-of-12. Danny Green, in particular, took an 0-of-5 collar.
The Raptors, meanwhile, shot 50 percent in the quarter. However, they were held to 20 points thanks to five turnovers, only one made three and just one free-throw. Uncharacteristically, the Spurs were saved by the charity stripe tonight, sinking 27-of-30, including a perfect 18-of-18 between Aldridge and Leonard, while the visitors only got 10 attempts.
San Antonio never trailed in the game, pulling off a 102–95 win in what proved to be a very tight game. The Spurs were led by Kawhi Leonard and LaMarus Aldridge, who finished with 64 combined points. Leonard’s 33 points were a career high.
The Spurs previous-best regular season came in 2005–2006, when they finished 63–19.
San Antiono Spurs Looking to Finish the Season Undefeated at Home
The Spurs have two regular season home games left this season. Going undefeated at home is unprecedented in the NBA, but doing so will be a tall task. The Golden State Warriors got punched in the stomach by Boston at home on Friday, blinking at home before the Spurs have. Now, San Antonio stands all alone with an unblemished 39-0 home mark, two away from an unbreakable record.
They’ve not only set a new franchise record with those 39 home wins, besting the 38 they had in 2004-05, but they’ve also set a franchise record with 64 wins overall, with a half dozen left in which to improve upon it. The Spurs still have two games agaisnt the Warriors.
With the second seed secured, expect to see Coach Pop begin to rest some of the older players. Beware Golden State, the Spurs are coming.