The San Antonio Sports blew out the Philadelphia 76ers.
The 76ers lost to the Spurs, 109-86, at the AT&T Center on Saturday night. The loss dropped the 76ers to 7-10 against the Western Conference this season.
The Sixers dropped to 2-6 on their annual after Christmas road trip. They ended the road trip with three straight losses.
“This would have been a tall order if we had eight days rest,” said 76ers head coach Doug Collins. “This team (Spurs) is as good as any team in the NBA. They’re deep and they execute. They run their offense harder, cut harder, and move the ball better than any team in the NBA. When you play them, you better play every possession till the end.”
The Spurs were able to win their third straight game against the 76ers for the first time since December 16th, 2006 through January 14th, 2008. The loss; however, is the 76ers eighth straight loss in San Antonio.
The Spurs outscored the 76ers in every quarter, helping them to their 27th win on the season. They are 27-9 overall, while the 76ers dropped to 15-20.
The Spurs had a 10 point lead after the first quarter and never looked back from there. The 76ers never once had a lead in the game.
"(Last night) we did a great job getting them off the 3-point line," said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. "I thought the guys really focused well on that, it was a big part of our theme."
Early in the fourth quarter, the Spurs were up by 20 points. A Gary Neal jump shot made the score 85-65. They would increase the lead to 24 points a minute later with a Manu Ginobili jump shot.
They would also lead by 25 points with nearly six minutes left in the game at 96-71. Neal made a three-pointer to give the Spurs the huge lead.
They also had another 25 point lead at 3:36 after a DeJuan Blair jump shot that made the score 101-76.
The Sixers would not get the Spurs lead under 20 points for the rest of the game.
Spencer Hawes led the 76ers with 22 points off the bench. Thaddeus Young, Jason Richardson, and Jrue Holiday each chipped in 11 points apiece.
Evan Turner scored 12 points, while Nick Young also scored 10 points.
Tony Parker led the Spurs with 20 points. Tim Duncan chipped in 16 points, while Ginobili added 19 points.
Daniel Green scored 13 points, and Tiago Splitter and Neal each had 12 points.
The Spurs would build on their double-digit lead in the third quarter. They had a lead as much as 17 points, and that lead came at 76-59 with 2:44 left in the quarter after a Ginobili layup.
The 76ers were within six points within a minute of the second quarter. Thaddeus Young made a jumper to make it 31-25.
The Spurs would go on a quick 6-0 run to make it 37-25. But the 76ers would go on a run of their on to get within 7 points with two straight free throws by Thaddeus Young.
The Sixers would face a double-digit Spurs lead for the rest of the quarter.
With 6:13 in the first, Ginobili made a three-pointer to put the Spurs up 20-9. They lead increase their lead to 31-21 at the end of the first quarter.