San Antonio Spurs Huge Fourth Quarter Key In Win Against Phoenix Suns

By George Middleton

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For most of the game, it appeared that the San Antonio Spurs were headed for another loss against the Phoenix Suns. The Suns beat the Spurs on Halloween night in Phoenix, 94-89.

The Suns in fact had control through three quarters, as they were up 69-59. The Spurs began the fourth quarter with 3 straight three-point baskets. The Spurs went on to outscore the Suns 41-26 in the last period.

Patty Mills was huge in the fourth, as he had 13 of his 15 points in the quarter. Cory Joseph and Danny Green had nine points apiece in the final period as well. Green finished with a game high 20 points.

The key to the Spurs victory was the three-point shooting, as they shot 11-23 from three. The Suns, who are typically a good three-point shooting team, shot 7-26. On the season, the Suns are 37% from three.

The Suns actually out rebounded the Spurs 48-40.

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Tiago Splitter had arguably his best game of the season, with 7 points and 14 rebounds in 31 minutes. It was the first time that Splitter played more than 30 minutes in a game all season.

The Spurs also did a good job of forcing turnovers, as the Suns finished with 19 of them.

The win kept the Spurs (22-15) at the seventh spot, two losses ahead of the Phoenix Suns (22-17), who are currently in eighth place.

Game Notes: Kawhi Leonard remains out with a hand injury.

Up next for the Spurs are the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Target Center on Saturday night. The game is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. CT tipoff.

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