Home at last, the Spurs exhaled after touching down at San Antonio International Airport late Sunday night, the fourth-best record in the 11 years of the rodeo road trip happily secured.
While there was universal regret at having let a winnable game slip away in Oakland, where the Warriors came from 13 down in the fourth quarter to steal a 107-101 victory in overtime, the 7-2 record ranked behind only the 8-1 inaugural rodeo trip in 2003, an 8-1 trip last year and a 6-1 trip in 2004.
The task now for the Spurs? Don’t get so comfortable contemplating the longest home stretch of the season that the gains of the trip are squandered by losses at the AT&T Center.
A six-game homestand begins Wednesday night with another game against the Phoenix Suns. It will end with a March 11 game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, the defending Western Conference champions who began the week three games behind the Spurs.
“If you would have asked us before the road trip and said 7-2, I would have said, ‘Yes, sign me up for that,’” said Manu Ginobili, who began the trip on the injured list and finished it with a solid outing against the Suns that included a season-high 14 free throws.
“We lost a tough one in Golden State in overtime after we had been up. At the same time, you are not going to win every single game. Overall, we’ve got to be pretty satisfied with the results of this road trip. I think 7-2 is about as good as it gets.”
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