San Antonio Spurs Blow Lead and Lose to Phoenix Suns

By George Middleton

On Friday night the San Antonio Spurs took on the Phoenix Suns at the US Airways Center. The Suns came out on top by the score of 94-89. The result wasn’t a surprise as the Suns are a young team that feed off their home crowd, what was a surprise was how the result happened.

The San Antonio Spurs dominated the first quarter 24-11. The Suns only scored five points in the last 8 minutes of the first quarter. The Suns got comfortable in the second quarter, thanks to the energy of Isaiah Thomas, who finished the game with 23 points. The Spurs still led at the half, by the score of 45-36.

The second half was dominated by the Suns, as they outscored the San Antonio Spurs 58-44. Markieff Morris had a big game for the Suns, as he went for 20 points and 11 rebounds. Kawhi Leonard made his season debut as he missed the opener against Dallas. Leonard finished with 8 rebounds and made all six of his free throws, but didn’t connect from the field in five attempts.

Tony Parker finished with 19 points and 6 assists, while Tim Duncan had 16 points and 9 rebounds. The Spurs had their chance tie to the game with five seconds, down three but they got an uncharacteristic five second violation, when Boris Diaw was taking out.

The Spurs did do a good job taking care of the ball, finishing with only 12 turnovers, but the Suns only had seven. The points off turnovers were the difference in the game, as the Suns got 15 points off the Spurs mistakes, compared to the Spurs seven points.

The San Antonio Spurs did a good job of containing Eric Bledsoe and Goran Dragic, as they combined for 22 points on 7-25 (.28% from the field). Boris Diaw chipped in with 13 points and 6 rebounds off the bench. Austin Daye drew the start for the Spurs against an athletic Suns team, after not playing in the first game. He finished with 6 points and 2 steals in 19 minutes.

The San Antonio Spurs are now 1-1 and they take on the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday, November 5th at the AT&T Center.

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