The San Antonio Spurs were without their leading scorer Kawhi Leonard Wednesday night. San Antonio battled back with an all out team effort to win their sixth straight at home.
It would be the play of 39 year old Manu Ginobili that would give the San Antonio Spurs a much needed boost off the bench.
It was a first half that fired up Head Coach Gregg Popovih with the defense, or lack-there-of by the Spurs who gave up 64 points in one half. The talk at the half seemed to have lit a fire under the team on the defensive end as they held the Suns to just 34 over the next two quarters.
Offensively, the second half San Antonio exploded for 61. It was led by an all out charge. Six players for San Antonio reached in double figures.
Led by LaMarcus Aldridge who finished with 27 points on 10 of 12 shooting from the floor and eight rebounds, he had a lot of help from the supporting cast. Pau Gasol finished with a double-double grabbing 10 rebounds to go with his 16 points.
Tony Parker who just days ago we wrote on how he is still an important piece for San Antonio, had one of his best games of the season, offensively as he finished with 20 points on 10 of 16 shooting in 28 minutes.
As great as the trio played without Leonard, it would be Ginobili’s intensity and fire that would help San Antonio in the second half.
Ginobili scored all 12 of his points in the second half doing a little bit of everything. His defense on this particular play helped spark a Spurs run.
— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) December 29, 2016
That play for Ginobili is vintage Manu. Fighting his way through screens to eventually pick off the pass and score at the other end.
”I try to bring it every game,” Ginobili said.
San Antonio shot 54 percent from the floor and assisted on 20 of their 47 makes. Their 11 steals and seven blocks were also key in the win.
Phoenix got a great game from T.J. Warren who did what he could off the bench in 34 minutes. He finished with 23 points on 6 of 12 shooting.
- San Antonio outscored Phoenix 61-34 in the 2nd half, after giving up 64 in the first.
- San Antonio were +13 in rebounds (46-33). They also grabbed 16 on the offensive end.
- San Antonio had 64 points in the paint.
- Phoenix showed they are a fast break team as they were +14 (26-12).
- Aldridge and Gasol combine for 43 points and 18 rebounds.
- Kyle Anderson got the start for Leonard. In 22 minutes he had five assists and four rebounds. He was 0 for 6 from the floor.
- Dejounte Murray is still a work in progress but does have a lot of upside. He played just three minutes but had six points and one assist (alley-oop to Dedmon).