Three numbers that I find hard to believe after watching San Antonio edge Charlotte, 104-100, Saturday night:
4 -- Number of total minutes played by Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili in the fourth quarter Saturday. The Spurs' "Big Three" were hardly any factor when the game was won, as Spurs coach Gregg Popovich went with the hot hand and stayed with his young reserves during a 35-point fourth quarter that won the game.
Ginobili is hurt and couldn't play Saturday night, so that was no surprise. But Parker was on the bench the entire fourth quarter -- the Spurs are in the midst of a nine-game road trip necessitated by a big rodeo in San Antonio, and Pop is trying to be smart with doling out playing time. Duncan only played four minutes in the fourth. And the Spurs still won.
18 -- Points that Patty Mills -- Patty Mills?! -- scored in the fourth quarter for San Antonio. Mills, an Australian Olympic star, had a game-high 32 points and lit up the Bobcats from outside when it mattered most. The 18-point fourth-quarter outburst was the most points in a single quarter that any San Antonio player has had all season.
"He is not impressed with the NBA," Popovich said of Mills. "He just comes to play basketball."
789 -- The number of career double-doubles for Tim Duncan after he had 16 points and 13 rebounds Saturday night. Think about that for a second. If you played in the NBA and had a double-double every night for nine straight years, you still would only be at 736.
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