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The Spurs Now Have a Better Average Point Differential Than the Warriors

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The Golden State Warriors have made headlines all year by dominating opponents and winning their first 24 games before finally losing to the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday. Meanwhile, the 21-5 San Antonio Spurs have been flying under the radar because of the Warriors’ run. But crazily enough, San Antonio now has a better average point differential (13.2) than Golden State (13.1) after a 118-81 destruction of the Utah Jazz on Monday night.

The Warriors still have a better net rating (14.8 to 13.9, per NBA.com), but it’s wild that the Spurs have caught them in average point differential. San Antonio has done it with an insane recent stretch:

The Spurs’ offense hasn’t been quite as prolific as recent years (at least not yet), but they’ve been playing defense at an extremely high level. San Antonio currently has a defensive rating of 91.8, which would rank as the lowest mark since the 2003-04 Spurs, who finished the year with a 91.6 defensive rating.

The bummer here is that the Spurs and Warriors don’t play each other until Jan. 25 at Oracle Arena. That’s far too long to wait for a battle between these two heavyweights, but we’re just going to have to suck it up and do it.

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