Nov. 7, 2012, at Los Angeles Clippers (106-84): This was an old-fashioned whoopin' at the hands of the Clippers, who had seven players score in double-digits. Meanwhile, no Spurs starter played more than 24 minutes. Parker had four points, four turnovers and shot 2 for 7. Ginobili shot 2 for 8 and had nine points.
Nov. 28, 2012, at Miami (105-100): The Big Three, plus Danny Green, flew home, and what remained of the Spurs' roster scared the living daylights out of the world champion Heat, leading 98-93 with 2:14 left in the game. “Man,” Spurs forward Matt Bonner said, “it would've been great if we won.” No kidding.
Note: On the final two regular-season games of a 66-game schedule, Popovich and the Big Three were home in San Antonio when the Spurs won at Phoenix on April 25, 2012, and won again the following night at Golden State.