Spurs Illustrated: San Antonio’s Scintillating Run, in Two Graphics

They have won 19 games in a row. They haven’t lost since way back on February 21. Since then they have ranked first in the NBA in the following categories: 3-point field goal percentage, assists per game, points per game, defensive rating, NET rating, defensive rebounds per game, assist percentage, assist-to-turnover ratio, effective field goal percentage, and true shooting percentage.

On offense they have been putting the ball in the basket a lot. During the streak they have outshot opponents almost everywhere, but especially in the key spots near the basket and beyond the arc.  

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The Spurs are hard to beat in part because they have so many ways to beat you. They have Tim Duncan scoring near the basket, Tony Parker hitting pull-ups in the midrange, and a gaggle of great shooters from beyond the arc. One big development recently has been the return of Danny Green’s freakish 3-point shooting. During the winning streak, he’s been especially great on the right wing and in the right corner, where he’s a combined 20-of-32. 

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There’s a good chance the Spurs’ 19-game win streak will end tonight as they travel to Oklahoma City to play their fifth game in seven days. They go up against a Thunder team that hasn’t played since Sunday. Regardless of the outcome tonight, this streak has reestablished the Spurs as the team to beat in the West.

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Kirk Goldsberry is a professor and Grantland staff writer.

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