After being on the wrong end of a beatdown at the hands of the 76ers on Sunday, the Spurs responded with a blowout of their own against the reeling Pistons on Monday. While the final score of 109-99 suggests that the game was close, San Antonio led by as many as 23 in the second half en route to a convincing, if not necessarily inspiring, bounceback win.
A quick look at the standings was all that was needed to know this should be an easy game for the Silver and Black. The Pistons are last in the East and were coming off three straight losses. The only way they were going to hang around was if San Antonio took them lightly, which is unfortunately what happened early. The Spurs simply were not playing with enough energy on defense and were not executing on offense. Both teams allowed dribble penetration, which helped Detroit to create good looks from outside despite lacking shot creators. A few threes and some opportunistic points in the paint was all the Pistons needed to keep up in a low scoring first period.