The San Antonio Spurs (52-12) bounced back from an embarrassing loss by beating the Detroit Pistons (23-42) 111-104 and clinch a playoff berth.
The Spurs hit their first 14 shots and finished with a season high 40 points in the first quarter to take a 14 point lead and never looked back.
Now it's time to check out some numbers in this Spurs' recent victory.
64.3 - The Spurs shot a blistering 45-of-70 (64.3%) from the floor while holding the Pistons to just 42-of-93 (45.2%) shooting from the field.
48 - San Antonio won the inside battle, outscoring Detroit 48-38 on inside points.
46.2 - The Pistons shot well from behind the arc, making 6-of-13 (46.2%) three point attempts. The Spurs only made 6-of-16 (37.5%) shots from beyond the arc.
39 - Detroit controlled the boards, outrebounding San Antonio 39-32.
23 - Tony Parker led all scorers with 23 points. He also added seven assists and four steals on 11-15 shooting from the field.
20 - Richard Hamilton led the Pistons with 20 points off the bench.
19 - The Spurs beat the Pistons on transition, outscoring Detroit 19-7 on fast break points.
17 - Manu Ginobili had 17 points and five dimes in 30 minutes of action for the Spurs.
16 - Tayshaun Prince and Greg Monroe scored 16 points a piece for the Pistons.
15 - Tracy McGrady started at point guard for the Pistons and delivered, he had 15 points, nine assists and seven rebounds in 35 minutes of action. Tim Duncan bounced back in a big way, he had a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Gary Neal added 15 points off the Spurs' bench.
12 - Richard Jefferson added 12 points and three rebounds for the Spurs. Ben Gordon also scored 12 points for the Pistons.
9 - Duncan passed Robert Parish to move into sole possession of ninth place on the NBA career blocked shots lists with 2,362.
8 - Antonio McDyess had eight points and five boards in his first start of the season for the Spurs.
0 - Jefferson and Matt Bonner did not commit a single turnover while playing 20 minutes or more for San Antonio.
Rookie Watch: Neal had 15 points, two steals and one assist in 24 minutes, James Anderson had two rebounds and one assist in 8 minutes of action, Tiago Splitter was scoreless in one minute on the floor.
What's Next? The Spurs will host the Sacramento Kings on Friday at the AT&T Center in San Antonio.
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Nice win by the Spurs! I expect more of the same against Sacramento. Defense and shooting was the key to this game. "The Spurs hit their first 14 shots and finished with a season high 40 points in the first quarter to take a 14 point lead and never looked back. " I also think the Pistons didn't even have the chance to at least tie the score in this game. That is what the Spurs should do against weaker teams.
Great Stats of the Game Robby as always. If I may add another Spur reach another milestone against the Pistons. Antonio McDyess played his 1,000th career game last night.
I just wished Splitter got more playing time last night especially when we had a big lead. It's a nice win and congrats to TD for another great accomplishment in his NBA career. Go Spurs Go!
Tony Parker was the difference he was amazing down the stretch breaking down the Piston defense. Go Spurs Go!
The Spurs did what they suppose to do and that is to beat an inferior opponent. Congrats to TD for reaching another milestone.
@Troy28 Great observation. The Piston never tied or take the lead in the game, the Spurs biggest lead was 19 and closest the Pistons got was within five points. I expected a much easier game but the fact that the Spurs never trailed in this game means they played good enough. Thanks for the comment and read.
@DennisM Thanks for the compliment and the info on McDyess. It looks he your favorite Spur. Thanks for the comment and read.
@Mark_M Totally agree on you about Splitter maybe he will get his chance to play more against the Sacramento Kings. Thanks for the comment and read.
@LFJeremy If the Spurs can shoot this way in the playoffs and hold their opponents into the low 40's (field goal percentage wise) pencil down title # 5 for the Spurs. Thanks for the comment and read.
@Tonyforlife Parker was really the difference in this game. It's like he's a full step ahead against every Piston in the final quarter, it was a joy to watch. Thanks for the comment and read.
@Ramon Very well said. Thanks for the comment and read.
@JasonD Yeah, Tony played great in this game thanks for the comment and read.