The San Antonio Spurs were on a tear during March, only once scoring less than 99 points on March 29, and holding nine of 16 opponents to less than 100 en route to a flawless month. San Antonio’s “work the shot clock and defense” philosophy has sparked the Spurs to win 11 contests during the streak by at least a baker’s dozen.
On March 31, San Antonio picked up its 18th consecutive victory, a franchise record, over the Indiana Pacers 103-77. Indiana, who fell percentage points behind the Miami Heat for the top spot in the Eastern Conference, was held below 80 points for the fifth time during their last six games while the Spurs, despite a modest 18 assists, once again got plenty of production with six guys scoring at least nine points and five more making at least one shot.
San Antonio made 21-of-25 free throws and actually shot better from 3 than 2, hitting 8-of-17 compared to 29-of-63. The Pacers’ reserves were outscored 45-17 by the Spurs’ counterparts. Indiana went 8-10 for March, including defeats during 10 of their last 16 contests while San Antonio was 16-0, the second time ever the Spurs have completed a perfect March. In 1996, Bob Hill led San Antonio to a 16-0 March.
Ten of the Spurs’ 16 March opponents ended up with the leading scorer. Not that it’s mattered much for Gregg Popovich’s crew has been led by Tony Parker with a team-high 17.1 points per game off of another team-high 30.1 minutes.