Debate about whether LaMarcus Aldridge really has Spurs blood will continue, but as the Spurs picked up their sixth straight win Aldridge is proving he doesn’t even have to score much to be a cog in a winning machine. The Spurs mix up the scoring load as well as any team in the NBA: Tony Parker, in his 15th season, had a team-high 25 points to lead San Antonio over Denver 109-98. Kawhi Leonard added 20.
But the numbers that play like music to Spurs fans are these: Tim Duncan had 12 points and 11 rebounds, while Aldridge nearly twinned his output with 11 points and 12 boards. That board prowess is critical for a Spurs championship run. The Spurs had 33 assists and made half their shot attempts. (Well, 49% of them.) Aldridge is still looking to increase his offensive efficiency. He shot just 4-of-14, yet the Spurs never trailed.