San Antonio Spurs get season-high 144 points in win without Dejounte Murray against the Pistons, 144-109. Keldon Johnson led the Spurs with 27 points shooting 83%. While the Pistons played without rookie Cade Cunningham, Hamidou Diallo led the Pistons with 28 points.
Everybody Dteps Up With Murray Out
With Murray for possibly the next ten days, the Spurs needed to step up, and they did that tonight with team-high 144 points against the Pistons. Four starters scored double-digits tonight, including Keldon Johnson with 27 points, Doug McDermott with 13 points, Keita Bates-Diop with 10 points, and Jakob Poeltl with 14 points.
The only starter to score in single-digits was Derrick White, who had only 7 points, three attempted shots, and ten assists.
The Spurs outscored the Pistons in bench points 73-21. Two essential helpers with 73 bench points were Jock Landale with 18 points, 8 points, and 11 assists.
Pistons Have No Answers
With no Jerami grant or Cade Cunningham, no believed in the Pistons getting their sixth season win against the Spurs without Murray. With only 11 players available, four starters carried the Pistons in scoring. Those four players include Hamidou with 28 points, Saddiq Bey with 23 points, rookie Luka Garza with 20 points, and Frank Jackson with 17 points. The rest of the Pistons had a total of 21 points.
Hot Start by San Antonio
The Spurs allowed the Pistons to get an early one-point lead, 5-4. But that was the last lead for Detroit for the night. Frank Johnson led the Pistons with ten first quarter points to help Detroit score 30 points in the first quarter. San Antonio had season-high 38 points in the first quarter, shooting 58.6% from the field.
Spurs Take Demand Of The Game
The Spurs were upset with the eight-point lead to finish the first quarter. So they went on a 30-9 run in the first seven and half minutes. That includes three straight three-pointers by Doug McDermott to finish the run, 68-39. The most significant lead of the 2nd quarter for San Antonio was 30 points. San Antonio shot 62% from the three and 66% from the field.
Detroit scored only 24 points, which was the lowest amount of points in a quarter tonight. They shot 14% from the three in the second quarter.
Spurs Keep Lead In The Second Half
The game was already over after the fantastic start by San Antonio. The Spurs outscored the Pistons in the 2nd half 66-55 to make the final score 144-109. But, the Spurs managed to build their lead 39 points in the third quarter. Some team stats that stick out include assists with 39, points in the paint with 72 points, and shooting 56% from the field.
The Spurs stay hot and extend their win streak to three. The question will be how they play against a playoff team without Murray tomorrow night against the Jazz. No upset tonight in Texas.
Detroit will look to get more healthy before their matchup on Wednesday against New York. But the Pistons will be motivated to get revenge against the Spurs to start the new year on January 1st. Hopefully, Cunningham and Grant get back to the court soon.
San Antonio will host Utah on Monday.
Detroit return home to take on New York on Wednesday.
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