Thursday NBA Takeaways: It’s Time to Recognize Spurs as the League’s Best Team

January 14th, 2016 by Josh Martin Leave a reply »

The last time the San Antonio Spurs hosted LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, they left the AT&T Center with a 128-125 overtime loss, courtesy of Kyrie Irving's career-high 57-point night.

A lot has happened in the Alamo City since then. The Spurs lost a first-round playoff series to the Los Angeles Clippers, let a slew of key reserves walk and scored the biggest free-agent coup in franchise history by luring LaMarcus Aldridge from Portland back to his home state.

Along the way, the Spurs strung together 32 straight wins in their own building—the latest, a 99-95 rebuttal over those same Cavs—and have now staked their claim to the title of "NBA's Best First-Half Team."

The victory over Cleveland, while far from pretty, was an eye-opening showcase of that superiority.

For pretty much every other team in the league, the list of imperfections that plagued the Spurs would've been its undoing against the reigning Eastern Conference champions.

Aldridge, the shiniest of San Antonio's new toys, was limited to six points on 2-of-7 shooting, despite spending most of the nigh ...

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