In their first game since winning the 2014 NBA title, the San Antonio Spurs lost to ALBA Berlin by a final score of 94-93 on Wednesday. It ended in dramatic fashion, too:
Yep, that was a very un-Spurs-like turnover from Tim Duncan on an inbounds pass with a one-point lead and 5.1 seconds to go. ALBA's Reggie Redding came up with the steal and flipped the ball to Leon Radosevic, who found Jamel McLean for the game-winning runner. The crowd in Berlin went appropriately crazy.
San Antonio head coach Gregg Popovich wanted to make sure ALBA got the credit it deserved for the preseason victory:
Don't take anything away from Alba. It's not like we didn't care. We tried to win. They kicked our ass. - Popovich pic.twitter.com/k8y8t5wph4— Alexander Chernykh (@chernykh) October 8, 2014
McLean had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and the Spurs' Tony Parker had a game-high 28 points in 35 minutes. Tim Duncan and Boris Diaw played 30-plus minutes, as well, so it's not as if ALBA just beat San Antonio's reserves here.