San Antonio Spurs Set NBA Record with 13 Different Players Recording an Assist

Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffMarch 5, 2014

San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan, right, visits with Cleveland Cavaliers' Tristan Thompson, left, and Spencer Hawes after an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 4, 2014, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
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The San Antonio Spurs set an NBA record in Tuesday's 122-101 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, becoming the first team in league history to have 13 players record an assist in one game, per NBA Stats.

39 of San Antonio's 43 baskets (90.7 percent) were assisted in the easy victory, and 10 Spurs had multiple dimes, including all five starters. Shooting guard Manu Ginobili, who came off the bench, led the team with a mere six assists.

It's rather fitting that the Spurs set this specific record, as deep rotations and team-oriented basketball have come to define Gregg Popovich's style as the Spurs coach. 

Under Popovich's direction, the Spurs have had just one player top 20 points per game since 2008-09, with Tony Parker (20.3 PPG) accomplishing the feat last season. The veteran point guard is down to just 17.5 points per game this season, yet he still comfortably leads the Spurs in scoring average, sitting ahead of Tim Duncan (15.4) and Ginobili (12.1). 

Seven Spurs are averaging between 8.3 to 12.1 points this season, with Ginobili and Tiago Splitter (8.3) providing the endpoints for a group that also includes Kawhi Leonard (11.9), Marco Belinelli (11.6), Patty Mills (10.0), Boris Diaw (9.8) and Danny Green (8.4).

Given how well the Spurs share the ball, the only surprise from Tuesday's game is that San Antonio didn't set this record sooner.