Starting in place of Kyle Anderson, who sprained a ligament in his left knee in Sunday night's 90-87 loss at Oklahoma City, Gay also had four assists in a season-high 32 minutes.
He started for the first time as a Spur and had his first double-double of the season in the Silver and Black's 96-93 victory against the Detroit Pistons.
The outcome wasn't decided until Gay blocked Tobias Harris' 3-point attempt with 2.4 seconds left and the Spurs leading by the final score.
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Reggie Jackson had 27 points for Detroit, which led by as many as nine points before dropping its third straight. The Spurs held the Pistons to 33 percent shooting in the second half, including 7 for 20 in the fourth. "It's been good. Still just gotta go through a few more processes doing that and should be back soon". "We have to be able to sustain our offensive energy better". "On that last play, I need to find a way to get a shot up that I can make, and I didn't do as well on that as I can". Van Gundy has 498 career wins. San Antonio is 4-0 when Parker plays.
Injury Report: The Pistons enter play relatively healthy outside of Jon Leuer, who will miss the game with an ankle injury. The Pistons slipped to 14-9. Detroit has lost seven of its past eight games in San Antonio.
The Pistons rank 17th in three pointers attempted per game (29.2) while the Spurs rank 25th (24.7). Reserve forward Joffrey Lauvergne missed the game with an injured right middle finger.
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"He was wonderful", Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said of Gay. Green, Patty Mills and Davis Bertans each scored 11. "I mean, if he knew I was coming, I'm sure he probably would have dunked the ball but I don't think he saw me weakside".
The Detroit Pistons, who are one of the best teams in the National Basketball Association eastern conference, came to San Antonio looking to steal a game from the Spurs.
Spurs: Host Miami on Wednesday night in the second of a three-game homestand.
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