Spurs still crush Piston, without injured Tony Parker
Center Greg Monroe had 16 points, while point guard Jose Calderon scored 14 points for the Detroit Pistons, who dropped five of six games on Sunday in absolutely despondent manner.
The San Antonio Spurs combined for 45 assists, while the team seemingly shot better from every spot on the floor. Point guard Corey Joseph, who made his first start career start contributed eight points, four assists while also producing one turnover for the San Antonio Spurs while filling in place of Tony Parker, who sprained his ankle in the Friday’s win over the Sacramento Kings. Hence, the San Antonio Spurs made a great start to their time without Tony Parker, who is expected to miss a month with the ankle injury.
Despite trailing the Detroit Piston’s up to mid-first quarter, the San Antonio Spurs stabilized the game by the end of the quarter, leading by 13 points and racking up 10 assists in the process.
Manu Ginboli, who played 22 minutes Sunday night, made his first had six points in the last 3 ½ minutes of the first quarter, including a 3-pointer off Stephen Jackson's inbounds pass with .8 seconds left in the quarter. However, he was fouled by Khris Middelton and shot 1-of-1 from the free throw line to complete a four-point play.
The Detroit Pistons failed to score over 20 points in each of the first third and fourth quarters. The Detroit Pistons were in a 20-point deficit (60-40) by the halftime break. Into the third quarter, the San Antonio Spurs extended their lead to 30-points, and there was no turning back.
The San Antonio Spurs held the Detroit Pistons to a season-low 32.6 shooting from the field and the Pistons’ higher number of turnovers (19 in Sunday’s game) also contributed to their loss in a rematch of the Feb.8 119-109 victory over the Spurs.
Forward Tim Duncan had 16 points, 11 rebounds and six assists while shooting guard Danny Green and forward Kawhi Leonard also contributed 16 and 14 points respectively in the San Antonio Spurs’ most effective win this season, on Sunday.