SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Spurs knew the Philadelphia 76ers have been coming in on a long losing streak.
They had no intentions of taking it easy on them.
Austin Daye had 22 points and Tim Duncan added 19 because the Spurs earned their 14th straight win with a 113-ninety one victory Monday evening that sent the 76ers to their twenty fifth consecutive loss.
Philadelphia will face Houston on Thursday with the dubious distinction of being a loss shy of tying the NBA file for consecutive losses set by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2010-eleven. Before the sport, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said he felt horrible for former assistant Brett Brown, now the 76ers' coach. But he added that he did not feel sorry for "considered one of my finest mates," as a result of pity would upset his former protege.
"Clearly, it's a rough season for them," Duncan stated. "It's a rebuilding season for them. [Brown] is aware of that, they know that. They've a number of young guys. He is simply trying to get the system in place that has them taking part in the best way he wants them playing. It's a process. He is aware of that."
Kawhi Leonard and Patty Mills scored 15 points every and Cory Joseph added 12 for San Antonio, which maintained the league's best report at fifty four-16. The Spurs did not play starters Tony Parker, Tiago Splitter and Danny Green, however didn't want them towards the lowly 76ers.
Thaddeus Young and Michael Carter-Williams every scored 19 factors, Byron Mullens added 15 and Elliot Williams had 14 for Philadelphia (15-fifty six).
Daye, who was averaging 2.three minutes whereas playing in solely four video games since being acquired from Toronto on Feb. 20, completed 6-for-10 on three-pointers and had six rebounds in 29 minutes. It was familiar to Brown, who served as an assistant under Popovich for seven seasons.
"He is lucky," Brown stated, "and I've seen this over so a few years – people can come into that system and shine. This system creates opportunities for everybody, and he took advantage of these. The eye you need to give others and the movement that they've in their construction allowed him to get freed up loads.
"He reaped the benefit of enjoying in that system."
The Sixers kept tempo early in opposition to the Spurs, with Carter-Williams fearlessly driving into the paint for a collection of quick jumpers and Hollis Thompson hitting a pair of 3s.
Popovich called timeout with three:forty four left in the first quarter after Williams dunked over Duncan to tie it at 19.
Philadelphia's early success awoke the Spurs and introduced out one of the best in Daye. His athleticism and energy have been just what San Antonio wanted after a listless begin.
"He's a skilled guy," Popovich stated. "Obviously he can shoot it. However he is additionally a good passer. He is aware of the right way to play the sport. It was good to be able to get him some time tonight."
San Antonio went on a 26-5 spurt bridging the first and second quarters, capped by a 19-0 run.
Daye first ran down Carter-Williams, swatting his layup try from behind, resulting in Leonard's driving layup for a 23-19 lead with 3 minutes left within the opening quarter.
Mullens' three-pointer snapped a 6 ½-minute drought, however the Spurs have been up 45-27 with 6:35 left within the first half.
Daye then stole an outlet go on the run, driving instantly at a backpedalling Mullens on a 3-on-1 break. Daye faked a behind-the-back go to Duncan on the left and dished to Joseph on the proper, who fed an open Duncan for a layup and a 47-27 lead.
"He acquired a chance," Duncan mentioned. "He actually stepped up and shot the ball really well. The boy is de facto lengthy. He made some great plays defensively [and] rebounded the ball. He did plenty of good issues on the market."
The Spurs began Ginobili to provide the group another facilitator on the court docket with Parker out. Ginobili did that and extra, scoring seven points and grabbing two rebounds in eight minutes. He drove to the basket for a series of reverse layups, but was blocked by the rim on a one-handed dunk try in starting 2-for-3 from the field.
San Antonio completed with 31 assists while capturing fifty six p.c from the sector.
"It's powerful," Carter-Williams stated. "They transfer the ball really well with the additional pass. They try to transfer the ball and virtually tire you out on defense. You bought to be able to rotate and play all through the shot clock."
The victory did little to satiate the Spurs or Popovich, who're hoping to return to the NBA Finals after falling to Miami final season in a heartbreaking seven-game sequence.
"We're taking part in well by this stretch and winning some video games," Duncan stated. "Pop continues to be not glad, obviously, with what we're doing. We wish to stay wholesome. We need to stay transferring in the correct direction.
"Hopefully we can ride this into the playoffs and feel good going into the playoffs."
San Antonio's Large Three of Duncan, Ginobili and Parker have played for 39 seasons, which is seven years more expertise than your entire Philadelphia roster mixed. The 76ers have six rookies on this yr's roster… Former Spurs F Malik Rose, a Philadelphia native, now serves as an analyst for 76ers tv. He stuffed in for the Spurs in the same capacity earlier than joining Philadelphia's broadcast workforce.
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