The San Antonio Spurs got their first win of the preseason as they held on to beat the Detroit Pistons 96-92 in the AT&T Center on Sunday afternoon.
Kawhi Leonard and Manu Ginobili led the way for the Spurs in their first home game in four preseason contests. Leonard totaled 21 points on 7 of 12 shooting from the floor, including 3 for 5 from beyond the arc with four rebounds and three assists. Ginobili added 15 points on 5 for 6 shooting from the field with a team-high five assists, three rebounds and two steals off the bench.
LaMarcus Aldridge struggled with his shot finishing with nine points on 4 for 14 shooting with seven rebounds while Tim Duncan had six points and a team-high 10 rebounds.
Reggie Jackson and Andre Drummond paced the Pistons who fell to 2-4. Jackson had 20 points on 6 for 14 shooting with nine assists and three rebounds while Drummond registered 12 points, 15 rebounds and two steals.
Ersan Ilyasova and Marcus Morris also scored in double figures in the loss. Ilyasova managed 14 points on 50 percent shooting from the field while Morris came off the bench to record 10 points, two rebounds and two assists.
While the Spurs used 10 players off their bench on the afternoon, Jimmer Fredette wasn’t one of them as he got his second DNP-CD (did not play-coaches decision) of the preseason. Plenty of his competition for playing time/a roster spot did see action and had mixed results.
Patty Mills started in place of Tony Parker and finished with eight points on 2 for 10 shooting from the floor to go along with two rebounds, two assists and two steals with two turnovers.
Ray McCallum and Keifer Sykes got the backup minutes at the point guard spot. McCallum had five points on 2 for 5 shooting from the floor, including 1 for 3 from beyond the arc. He added an assist, a steal and four turnovers in 20 minutes. Sykes went scoreless in six minutes on 0 for 2 shooting.
Jonathon Simmons and Kyle Anderson saw time on the perimeter. Simmons totaled three points on 3 for 4 shooting from the lin,but missed his only two field goal attempts. He added two rebounds and a steal with two turnovers in 10 minutes. Anderson had two points to go along with five assists, three rebounds and two turnovers in 20 minutes.
Reggie Williams and Rasual Butler also saw some time on the wing, but did produce much. Williams had two points after making his only shot in eight minutes while Butler had two points on 1 for 2 shooting with two rebounds and a turnover in 10 minutes.
Up next for Jimmer and the Spurs is another home contest in their second to last game of the preseason as the Phoenix Suns come to town on Tuesday night.