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Season 49, Game 52 San Antonio 119, Miami 101 44-8, 2nd in the West After yet another sluggish 1st quarter, the Spurs got scrappy and did to the Heat what many teams have been doing to them as of late: outmuscled and out-hustled them. Despite shooting a blistering 57%, the Heat lost control of the game midway through the 2nd quarter, and the Spurs seized control for good on an…

Season 49, Game 51 San Antonio 106, Los Angeles Lakers 102 43-8, 2nd in the West Sometimes going through the motions is just good enough. Against most NBA teams, the Spurs would have lost Saturday night playing with the energy and focus that they did. Thankfully, the Lakers just don’t have enough to beat a team like the Spurs, and Kobe had no more miracles in his final appearance in…

Season 49, Game 50 San Antonio 116, Dallas 90 42-8, 2nd in the West Beating the Mavs has lost a bit of its luster. After nearly a decade of the Mavs-Spurs secretly being the best rivalry in the NBA, the thrill is mostly gone. I still get a kick out of beating them, but I am unable to summon the “sports hate” I once had for them. I’ve always enjoyed…

Season 49, Game 49 San Antonio 110, New Orleans 97 41-8, 2nd in the West I have to imagine the Pelicans wish the NBA was just a two team league, and that they could play every game against the Spurs. I’m told by reliable sources that the Pelicans are having a pretty bad season, and that they’re plagued by injuries. I can verify the second claim, as I barely recognized…

Season 49, Game 48 San Antonio 107, Orlando 92 40-8, 2nd in the West The Magic kind of kicked our butts. Orlando is the type of team that can give the Spurs a certain kind of trouble: those young and lively athletes flying around the court can make San Antonio look old and past their prime. Experience always wins out, though. So while the Magic made it more interesting than…

Season 49, Game 48 San Antonio 103, Cleveland 117 39-8, 2nd in the West If this week was a test for the Spurs, they just barely passed. We’re talking D+ (not a grade they like to give out [that’s for Tommy Boy fans]), and that plus is only for the 31-point win against the Rockets. But in the games that really mattered, the Spurs failed to show. Thankfully, this week…

Season 49, Game 46 San Antonio 130, Houston 99 39-7, 2nd in the West Lose a game by thirty, win a game by thirty (one). It all comes out even in the wash. Of course, no amount of beatdown to the Rockets can change what happened on Monday, but it’s nice to know that the Spurs didn’t magically lose their ability to dominate in that game, that the Warriors didn’t…

Season 49, Game 45 San Antonio 90, Golden State 120 38-7, 2nd in the West There’s the Golden State Warriors… and then there’s the rest of the NBA. There’s Steph Curry… and then there’s the rest of the league. The Warriors emphatically answered the ‘Who is the best team in the NBA?’ question on Monday night, leaving very little doubt that they are the measuring stick by which all other…

If you’ve watched much Spurs basketball this season, there are a couple things you might have noticed: They start slow. They do NOT mess around in the third quarter. Number one is probably fresh in your mind if you watched last weekend’s Spurs vs. Mavericks game, in which San Antonio was losing 16-14 to Dallas at the end of the first quarter. Yuck. Number two is probably also fresh in…

Season 49, Game 44 San Antonio 108, Los Angeles Lakers 95 38-6, 2nd in the West On a night lacking in energy–and in a game where energy alone would be enough to win–it was two “old guys” that sparked the Spurs, lifting them past the Lakers. I don’t want to live in a world where I can no longer root for Manu Ginobili in a Spurs’ uniform. Sadly, that day…