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Season 50, Game 42 San Antonio 118, Denver 104 33-9, 2nd in the West Stop me if this sounds familiar: the Spurs play a high scoring first half lacking in defense, only to come out strong in the second half and put the game away with increased defensive effort. Denver scored 58 points in the first half, 46 in the second. The Spurs, meanwhile, scored exactly 59 in both halves. It…

Season 50, Game 41 San Antonio 122, Minnesota 114 32-9, 2nd in the West This game seemed to follow a familiar script for the Spurs this season: a high-scoring first half (read: poor defense) followed by a tough, defensive-focused second half to secure the win. That first half really was something. The teams combined to score 138 points and shoot 52 free throws. I thought the game might never end….

Season 50, Game 40 San Antonio 105, Phoenix 108 31-9, 2nd in the West January has been a weird month for the Spurs. So far, they are a middling 4-3 in the first 15 days of the new year. Those 3 losses in 15 days account for one-third of their entire losses for the season. However, they’ve lost those 3 games by a combined 7 points, and had a chance…

Season 50, Game 39 San Antonio 134, Los Angeles Lakers 94 31-8, 2nd in the West What the heck do I need to say about a 40-point shellacking of the Los Angeles Lakers? It’s always nice to bounce back so positively after a tough loss. This team has shown plenty of resiliency in that regard, and you’ll rarely see two flat games in a row. It’s always nice to beat…

The Spurs fell to the Bucks on Tuesday and I found myself gazing into the pixels of my television saying repeatedly, “Wait, what?” This game might have been one of the biggest eye rolls of the season, as the Spurs are miles ahead of this Milwaukee team, yet somehow managed to find a way to lose this game. It was honestly quite annoying from the perspective of a Spurs fan…

Season 50, Game 38 San Antonio 107, Milwaukee 109 30-8, 2nd in the West Michael. Fucking. Beasley. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Our tale of woe begins with about 2 minutes left in the first half, and the Spurs comfortably on top by 13, looking to cruise to another home win. Instead, the Spurs give up a 7-0 run (including 3 free throws on a shooting foul with 0.9…

Season 50, Game 37 San Antonio 102, Charlotte 85 30-7, 2nd in the West Fun fact: the Spurs are closer in the standings to the 1-seed Golden State Warriors than they are to the 3-seed Houston Rockets. Another fun fact: the Spurs currently rank 1st in the NBA in defensive efficiency and 4th in offensive efficiency. The only team that compares? The Golden State Warriors, who are the inverse (1st in…

Season 50, Game 36 San Antonio 127, Denver 99 29-7, 2nd in the West The funny thing is, I don’t even feel like the team played all that well in this game. The defensive execution was sloppy at times, as Denver got good looks on a lot of nifty back cuts and ball movement. The offense seemed a step slow at times, with lots of missed cutters and a bit…

Season 50, Game 35 San Antonio 110, Toronto 82 28-7, 2nd in the West More of that, please. Outside of the very first game against Golden State, that might be the Spurs’ most impressive buzzer-to-buzzer performance of the season. Those first 9 minutes of the game were the best I’ve seen the starters play as a unit, bar none. The ball was whipping around on offense, finding open shooters galore….

Season 50, Game 34 San Antonio 112, Atlanta 114 (OT) 27-7, 2nd in the West The thing I hate most about close losses is the continual second-guessing of every possible moment that might have swung the eventual outcome. (This is particularly true with OT losses, as there are two endings to scrutinize.) It’s easy to imagine that the single point Atlanta earned on the technical (hastily) awarded to Pop was…