Back at full strength, Spurs seek to rediscover joy

The ball came to Drew Eubanks at a familiar angle and a familiar speed, but in an unfamiliar fashion.

Spurs point guard Dejounte Murray was probing the Oklahoma City defense Wednesday, saw Eubanks rolling to the basket and figured the best way to get the burly big man the ball was to bounce backward between his own legs first.

As the highlight-reel pass hit Eubanks in perfect stride, the pressure was on.

“My first thought was, ‘OK don’t mess this up,’” Eubanks said.

Eubanks lived up to his end of the bargain, completing a two-handed dunk that served as the signature play of the Spurs’ 118-96 manhandling of the Thunder.

On The triple take: Spurs 118, Thunder 96

Murray finished the night with 14 assists, matching a career best, part of his eighth triple-double of the season.

His between-the-legs dish to Eubanks by far was the most spectacular.

“I guess we’re the Showtime Spurs now,” Eubanks said.

Wednesday’s victory proved significant for reasons of both style and substance.

With backup guard Tre Jones becoming the last straggler back from NBA health and safety protocols, coach Gregg Popovich had his entire rotation available for the first time since Dec. 23.

The Spurs won on the road at the Los Angeles Lakers that night, with a record of 13-18 after winning 10 of 15 games.

From that point forward, the Spurs had at least one player in protocols for the next…

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