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San Antonio Spurs vs. Phoenix Suns: Takeaways and Star Performer

By George Middleton
Jan 21, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) celebrates with forward David West (30) and guard Ray McCallum (3) in the first half against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 21, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) celebrates with forward David West (30) and guard Ray McCallum (3) in the first half against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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The San Antonio Spurs (37-6) beat the Phoenix Suns 117-89 on Thursday night. Tim Duncan and Tony Parker missed the contest due to rest.

After taking a 51-39 lead at the half, the Spurs didn’t look back. It was a terrific team win as the Spurs were without two key contributors. San Antonio shot 49 percent from the field and only committed eight turnovers as a team in the win. The Spurs contained Phoenix to 40 percent from the field and forced 15 turnovers. Kawhi Leonard led the Spurs with 21 points in 22 minutes. The Spurs have won 12 straight games.

Key Takeaways

-Bench Play incredible

The Spurs bench combined for 66 points and 12 assists. Boban Marjanovic was sensational as he went for 17 points and 13 rebounds in 22 minutes. Jonathon Simmons had one of his best games of the season finishing with 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting.

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-Suns shorthanded as well

Phoenix knew they would play this game without star guard Eric Bledsoe who is out for the season with a torn meniscus. The Suns didn’t expect to be without Brandon Knight (abductor strain), Mirza Teletovic (sprained ankle), Jon Leuer (back spasms), and Markieff Morris (shoulder strain). Phoenix played only nine players in the contest.

Ray McCallum filled in nicely

With Parker out, Ray McCallum was asked to fill in as the starting point guard. McCallum wound up with 11 points, four rebounds, and three assists. Most importantly the 24-year-old didn’t commit a single turnover.

Star Performer:

Spurs fans are used to seeing Leonard or LaMarcus Aldridge on here. Tonight the star was Marjanovic as he was spectacular. Games like this will me it hard for Coach Popovich to not play him more.

Notes:

-Aldridge was quiet with seven points and five rebounds.

Kyle Anderson/Rasual Butler scored nine points apiece.

-San Antonio is 13-6 on the road.

-The Spurs made 9-0f-14 from 3-point range

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