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Season 50, Game 33 San Antonio 110, Portland 94 27-6, 2nd in the West As the 2016-17 Spurs are wont to do, they let a subpar team stick around for nearly three quarters before asserting their will and pulling away for a blowout win. Without superstar Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio leaned on Danny Green and Jonathon Simmons – not the white-hot LaMarcus Aldridge – to put the Portland Trailblazers in…

Season 50, Game 32 San Antonio 119, Phoenix 98 26-6, 2nd in the West For a while there, it looked like the Suns were going to run the Spurs right out of the gym. Yes, the 9-23 dead-last-in-the-West Phoenix Suns were just too much for the Spurs to handle. For a half. In the second half, the world was once again righted, and the Spurs won going away rather easily….

Season 50, Game 31 San Antonio 119, Chicago 100 25-6, 2nd in the West Other than Roger Mason, Jr.’s 3 to win the game in Phoenix way back in 2008, the Spurs have a bad Christmas Day history. Frankly, I’ve gotten used to the Spurs losing on this day. It’s the price of admission for being a Spurs fan: win 50-60 games a year, but lose on Christmas day. Not…

It’s over! I’m calling it now – the New Orleans Pelicans are no longer the thorn in the Spurs’ side that they’ve been in the past. After costing the Spurs the #2 seed in the 2015 playoffs and robbing Manu Ginobili of a testicle this February, San Antonio has finally exorcised their demons from the Big Easy. Truth be told, I probably could have made this proclamation after the Spurs…

Season 50, Game 29 San Antonio 101, Los Angeles Clippers 106 23-6, 2nd in the West Remember when the Spurs owned the Clippers? Remember when the Spurs swept the Clippers out of the 2012 Playoffs, and in Game 3 the Clippers had like a 20-point lead in the 2nd quarter, and coming out of halftime, the cameras showed Pop and Duncan on the bench laughing, like they knew there was…

Season 50, Game 28 San Antonio 102, Houston 100 23-5, 2nd in the West I love beating the Rockets. I particularly love beating the Rockets in Houston. And I especially love beating the Rockets in Houston by overcoming a 13-point deficit in the final 4:30 of game time. My colleagues did a fine job digging into this game. I don’t have too much to add, and I’m not sure either team…

In the fourth installment of 3 in the Key™, Andrew Flores and Trace Ronning discuss the 28th game of the season, the Spurs 102-100 win on the road against the Houston Rockets. Let’s start with Andrew’s three key takeaways… When the Spurs trail by 13 points with only 4:39 left in a game against one of the highest scoring teams in the league, you can easy slip into thinking that…

Season 50, Game 27 Spurs 113, Pelicans 100 22-5, 2nd in the West On the night of Tim Duncan’s jersey retirement, the Spurs honored TD in the most fitting way possible: winning. We could fill pages and pages with words describing the importance and greatness of Duncan and tell only a fraction of the story. But his most lasting legacy on the court is that the team still wins… and…

Season 50, Game 26 San Antonio 107, Phoenix 92 21-5, 2nd in the West The Spurs used two strong extended surges – an 18-4 run to end the 1st half, and a 21-3 run in the middle of the 4th – to seemingly beat the Suns handily. Surrounding those two spurts, however, was some pretty mediocre play: 39-7 in those two stretches, 68-85 in the rest. The Suns were 17 points…

Season 50, Game 25 San Antonio 108, Boston 101 20-5, 2nd in the West As the Spurs approached a game that would make them the second team in the 2016-17 NBA season to reach 20 wins, there were several factors that made a seasoned fan like myself cautious about expecting the win. With LaMarcus Aldridge out, the first unit would operate differently and sometimes that isn’t a good thing. Secondly…