That was probably the best performance of the season, and if it wasn’t, it’s certainly top-five.
The Sixers went to San Antonio and won for the first time since 2004, holding the Spurs to 78 points in their own building. Pop’s squad was 20-3 at the AT&T Center coming into the game.
No, they didn’t have Kawhi Leonard, though Kawhi has only played nine games this season. They didn’t have Rudy Gay or Manu Ginobili. But the fact of the matter is that they’ve built a 32-19 record this season with a revolving door of player availability, so if you wanna slap the asterisk on this win, use size 12 font instead of size 18.
Now to the Sixers, who were phenomenal last night – suffocating defense, solid shooting, and mostly mistake-free basketball. They built up a big lead, held that lead, and closed out the game like a group of seasoned veterans. Brett Brown’s team shot 48.1% overall and 42.9% from deep while holding San Antonio to 40% from the field and a 3-24 three point mark (12.5%). Philly is now 9-3 since Christmas and occupying 6th place in a very average Eastern Conference.
And if we’re being honest with ourselves, the Spurs probably deserved to lose the minute they donned those black and gray camouflage uniforms.