The San Antonio Spurs continue to finish the season with a bang, recording their 11th straight win on Sunday night by defeating the Phoenix Suns 107-91 at home.
The Spurs continued to rise up the standings with the win, moving themselves into second place in the conference with just one game left in the regular season.
San Antonio did not get off to quite the start they wanted, leading by only two at the end of one, but were able to take control by halftime, leading by 12.
The Suns tried to get back into the game in the third quarter, cutting the deficit to eight at one point, however, they were unable to dig themselves out of the hole they had created after the first two quarters.
Now that the game is over, let’s take a look at our studs and duds of the game, along with key statistics.
Studs of the Game
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Tim Duncan turned back the clock again on Sunday, registering a very efficient 22 points on 7-of-11 shooting in 26 minutes. The former Finals MVP was also stellar defensively, coming up with 10 rebounds, two blocked shots, and two steals. Throw in the fact that Duncan also moved up to 14th all-time in career points and you have a noteworthy night from the future Hall-of-Famer.
Gerald Green tried his best to try to give a spark to the Suns after they fell behind early. The former Slam-Dunk winner provided a game-high 23 points in the loss. Green was very aggressive in his 26 minutes on the floor, attempting 16 shots while on the court, making eight, and getting to the line seven times, hitting five of his tries. He also rounded out the box score decently, four rebounds and two assists.
Duds of the Game
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Manu Ginobili, while by means a non-factor in this game, did not do very much to help his team in the win. The Argentinian guard finished with the team’s worst plus-minus, minus-9, and connected on only 1-of-3 attempts. You can give Ginobili some credit for getting to the line, 10 attempts, but even there he struggled, only making six of his attempts. Not a bad game from Ginobili but Spurs fans have definitely seen better.
Archie Goodwin received his first NBA start against the Spurs but made Suns head coach Jeff Hornacek re-think his decision to start the Kentucky guard by night’s end. Goodwin did more harm than help, making only 5-of-15 attempts from the field. He also accounted for nearly a quarter of his team’s turnovers with three. Definitely not the type out outing you want for a first time start.
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28: That’s the number of points the Suns scored in the paint. The Spurs defense down-low was stout, not allowing Phoenix to get anything easy. That’s the type of defense San Antonio needs to continue to have in the final game of the season and the playoffs.
29: That’s the number of free throws the Spurs made. San Antonio did an excellent job in not only drawing contact and getting to the line, but also converting their free throws. The Spurs finished plus-12 from the free throw line which is a big part of the reason they had the margin of victory that they did.
21: That’s the number of wins since the All-Star break San Antonio has, the second-most in the league. The Spurs only trail the Warriors in number of wins since the break, making it fitting that they are now in the number two spot in the conference.