Manu Ginobili knifed one through the Orlando Magic defense last time, sending play-by-play commentator Bill Land and the AT&T Crowd into delirium. His off-balance floater sealed the Spurs 106-97 victory and brought smiles and elicited roars from those South Texas residents who swear by silver and black.
The fun times and jubilation keep rolling in San Antonio, where the team has managed the best start in its more than 36-year history. The victory was the Spurs' 11th in a row, matching their longest streak since 2008.
Does anyone still possess the cojones to question this squad's commitment to title contention? The New Orleans Hornets handed the Spurs their lone loss on Oct. 30. San Antonio can avenge that rare 99-90 defeat, in which the team had a chance to knot the score in the final minutes, Sunday night in the Big Easy.
Next up on the buffet line: the pathetic, defenseless and cooked Minnesota Timberpuppies. If the Spurs can avoid overlooking a 4-11 opponent, they will enjoy a pre-Thanksgiving feast of layups, dunks and more good vibrations.
There will come a time this season when fans wonder if the Spurs can win another game. It might arrive as soon as this weekend. It happens every year. Why should this one prove different?
If San Antonio does indeed suffer through a January slide, as history suggests it will, the cushion created by this magnificent 12-1 start will help ease the damage. The Spurs have put themselves in position to secure home-court advantage in at least the first round, doing it with career lows from Tim Duncan in points, rebounds and minutes.
Here are five reasons for the victory deluge.