Spurs look to find scoring vs. last-place Pistons

Depth and fitness will be put to the test when the San Antonio Spurs host the Detroit Pistons on Thursday night with both teams playing the second game of a back-to-back.

The Spurs will look to pick up the pieces after a 107-87 home dismantling by Miami on Wednesday. San Antonio was up 53-51 at halftime after shooting 51.3 percent from the floor over the first two periods but never solved the Heat’s half-court, zone-press defense in the second half.

The Spurs shot just 28.9 percent after halftime and went more than six minutes of the fourth quarter without a field goal.

“Based on how we played and on how they stuck with their press, [Miami] deserved to win,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said after the loss. “It was a good effort through about 3 1/2 quarters; then they got hot on top of us playing poorly on the offensive end, and that was a bad combination. They ended up kicking our butts.”

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