The San Antonio Spurs (28-6) defeated the Phoenix Suns (12-22) 112-79 to win their 28th consecutive game at the AT&T Center and improving to 19-0 at the AT&T Center.
The Good: Tony Parker was a man on a mission. He came out and played very aggressive against a Suns team that was lacking their leading scorer in Eric Bledsoe. Parker had his way against the Suns backcourt. Getting into the lane at will and finding LaMarcus Aldridge for his mid-range jumper, which he was knocking down all night, made for a great night for Parker. Aldridge had a game-high 21 points to go with his 12 rebounds.
As a team, the Spurs shot a blistering 56.6 percent from the floor and assisted on 26 of the teams 43 baskets. Defensively, as they have been doing all season long, the Spurs clamped down once against the Suns and made it hard for them to get any flow going on offense. Spurs held the Suns to 39 percent from the floor. They also forced 15 turnovers.
The Bad: Though the score showed their dominance against the Suns, there are areas that the Spurs did not do so well at Wednesday night. Taking care of the ball has been an issue, and on Wednesday night the team fumbled again. As a team the Spurs had 13 turnovers. Though, the Suns were not taking an advantage in the miscues, other teams will.
During parts of the game, the Spurs would not settle down, make an extra pass besides just taking an open shot. There were a few times during the game when the Spurs would over shoot their teammates.
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One in fact was Aldridge saw a streaking Ginobili down the side and overshot him. Cross court passes also are dangerous. Spurs had a few of which could of been picked off. Spurs have to take care of the ball and not force passes into the lanes or across court.
X-Factor: It has to be the play of the bench. Though they had as much points as the Suns (49), the Spurs do not miss a beat when the second unit comes in. Boris Diaw led with 13 points and four rebounds in 19 minutes of play. He continues to play at a high-level and showed an array of moves. Jonathon Simmons, whom is the closest thing to the Spurs highlight reel, came in to provide positive minutes as well. He finished with eight points on 3-of-4 shooting. Boban Marjanovic has been getting just as loud of an ovation as Kawhi Leonard this time around when he enters the game. In 15 minutes of play, Marjanovic pulled down 12 rebounds and had seven points.