Spurs take on Pistons in second game of Rodeo Road Trip
The San Antonio Spurs may have Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili back when they visit the Detroit Pistons on Friday.
Even if both stars remain sidelined, it is hard to bet against the Spurs, who have won 11 straight, including the 104-94 opener of their nine-game road trip Wednesday in Minnesota.
Duncan (knee) and Ginobili (hamstring) watched as Danny Green erupted for a career-high 28 points, going 8-for-12 from long distance.
The Pistons are streaking in the opposite direction, having lost three straight and seven of their last nine after a 93-90 setback against Brooklyn on Wednesday.
Greg Monroe remained his steady self with 23 points and 10 rebounds, recording his 21st double-double, but the Nets made the plays down the stretch and Will Bynum missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Jose Calderon had nine assists in his first home game since being acquired in a three-team trade last week.
ABOUT THE SPURS (39-11): Green's breakout performance simply falls in line with the way San Antonio goes about its business. "The system doesn't change when guys are out," coach Gregg Popovich said. "If Tony (Parker) was out, somebody else would play. We just run the same stuff; we don't change anything. I think they're pretty used to the execution no matter who's on the court." The Spurs have done well without their stars, going 6-1 in games without Duncan this season and 8-2 without Ginobili.
ABOUT THE PISTONS (18-32): Detroit won its first game after trading away longtime starter Tayshaun Prince in the move that brought Calderon to the Pistons, scoring 117 points in the process. Since then, Detroit has averaged just over 90 points in the losing streak, shooting 25 percent from 3-point range and 64.6 percent from the line. Monroe has been the mainstay. He is averaging 18.5 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks in February, shooting 54.2 percent from the floor in the process.
BUZZER BEATERS1. Pistons rookie C Andre Drummond played just four minutes Wednesday before leaving with back pain. It was the second straight limited game for Drummond since he first hurt the back Sunday against the Los Angeles Lakers.
2. The Spurs' franchise record for consecutive regular-season wins is 17. If they were to tie it on this trip, it would have to come at the Los Angeles Clippers on Feb. 21. To surpass it they'd have to win at Golden State the next night.3. Parker had 31 points and eight assists to complement Green's effort Wednesday.
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