“Big time,” DeRozan said of Bertans’ shooting. “You can tell how he shoots that thing with extreme confidence.” But it wasn’t just Bertans’ shooting that made a difference. In nearly 10 minutes in the fourth, the third-year pro also had two assists, a rebound and played solid defensively.
Bertans’ final assist led to a finger-roll layup by DeRozan that gave the Spurs a 108-103 lead with 1:23 left. Bertans’ rebound came with 13.8 seconds left and led to two victory-sealing free throws by DeRozan.
Bertans’ assist to DeRozan was on a play called by Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. “I had a lot of faith in him,” Popovich said. “I went to him and he did execute and got the assist. … He’s a great teammate. He will do whatever we ask him to do.” #gospursgo #spursinsiders #davisbertans #coachpop #demarderozan #raceforseis