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San Antonio Spurs: First Impressions from Philadelphia Game

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Garrett JochnauCorrespondent IIFebruary 9, 2012

Wednesday night, the San Antonio Spurs took on the Philadelphia 76ers in Philly as they continued their road trip.

After an up-and-down game, San Antonio proved to be too much to handle for Philadelphia, and the Spurs pulled away with a 100-90 victory. The victory extended their win streak to six, and their away win streak to three.

The Spurs started off the season with a fantastic home record, but a dismal one on the road. Before these last three road wins, the Spurs had only won two of their 10 away games. However, since the depressing overtime loss in Dallas, San Antonio have won six straight, and three on the road.

With seven games left on their long nine-game road trip, they could not have asked for a better way to start things off.

Tony Parker put up another impressive performance, scoring 37 points and dishing out eight assists. He has been one of the best players in the league during these recent weeks, as he leads his team to victory after victory.

Once again, an impressive bench performance helped the Spurs end up on top. Tiago Splitter, the second-year big man from Brazil, pitched in with 15 points of his own. He is proving to have strong potential in his sophomore campaign. 

Veteran Tim Duncan put up his third straight double-double, proving he is still a valuable player to the Spurs.

Gary Neal has filled in for Ginobili nicely, contributing to the Spurs' success with 18 points, five rebounds and six assists of his own.

The 10-point win over Philadelphia improved the Spurs' record to 18-9.

While they are not the toughest opponent that the Spurs will face during their long road trip, the Sixers are still one of the best teams in their conference, and hold an impressive 13-4 home record.

The win was impressive for San Antonio whose next game is against a far easier opponent. They will take on the New Jersey Nets. Better yet, a familiar face is said to be making his return in the contest against New Jersey: Manu Ginobili.

Hopefully, that game will prove to be much easier for the Spurs, as they play a worse (and injured) opponent, as well as regain one of their top players.  

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