Lose at home? Why would the Spurs want to do that? A late push proved they didn't.
Spurs won 84-69.
Though early on the Detroit Pistons looked oppressive and impressive on defense - as promised - something went horribly wrong when it counted - in the fourth quarter.
Racking up a 17-4 lead in the first quarter, Detroit early looked much more together at both ends of the court. The blue shirts filled the floor on defense with perfect spacing. I'll admit it they were flat out scary. The Spurs were getting picked and poked - like an eggshell from the inside.
And under the basket.
It was only at the 4:16 mark, joined by a "Big mock cheer" from the home crowd at San Antonio's SBC Center, when the first foul was called against Detroit. Ultimately for such a physical game fouls were low and didn't really play a part in the game.
"Seven straight points for the defending champions" - at 7-2 - Al Michaels over-actively called at the 8:32 mark of the first quarter.
But early it really did look like the eight days of rest would sink the Spurs in lethargy. They had four turnovers (TO's) early.
Maybe that's what led Greg Popovich to call a timeout just 2:21 seconds into the game - down a "mammoth and insurmountable" 6-2. He called another about three minutes later with his team down by nine, 13-4.
Seemed a little quick on the draw, but after looking like they'd be lucky to hit double digits in the first quarter it or something clicked.
Appropriately Obi-Wan Ginobili - as one fan's sign called hm - put the final dagger in, finishing off the enemy even though destined to meet again (Sunday 5:30 P, 8:30 E, ABC).
By my count there were four dunks in the game - one by Manu Ginobili, two by Ben Wallace and one by Tim Duncan.