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Spurs vs. Suns recap, reactions: An embarrassing blowout for one team

By Rob Wolkenbrod
SAN ANTONIO,TX - JANUARY 30 : LaMarcus Aldridge #12 of the San Antonio Spurs eyes official Leroy Richardson after receiving a technical during a game against the Denver Nuggets at AT&T Center on January 28, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that , by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Cortes/Getty Images)
SAN ANTONIO,TX - JANUARY 30 : LaMarcus Aldridge #12 of the San Antonio Spurs eyes official Leroy Richardson after receiving a technical during a game against the Denver Nuggets at AT&T Center on January 28, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that , by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Cortes/Getty Images) /
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The San Antonio Spurs took to the national-television stage to face the Phoenix Suns.

Well, if the San Antonio Spurs needed a game to get into a groove, Wednesday night’s matchup vs. the Phoenix Suns was it. This featured quite the disparity between the teams, if you made it through all four quarters of lopsided play.

Without Devin Booker, Phoenix never stood a chance. None. It started from the moment this game tipped off, with the Spurs’ 9-0 opening run and a subsequent 28-9 dominance in the first quarter. Danny Green found open shots like it was gift wrapped, hand delivered and signed by the Suns’ perimeter defense. That’s without mentioning LaMarcus Aldridge, who took Marquess Chriss and Dragan Bender to school under the rim; the Suns did not have Tyson Chandler available, which led to this game-long mismatch.

After the first quarter, Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich perfectly summed up what he saw:

"They couldn't make a shot. We were fortunate." Never change, Pop.

— Air Alamo (@AirAlamo) February 8, 2018

The lopsided game continued into the second quarter. The Spurs found everything they wanted, with Green continuing to knock down everything from behind the arc. Along with his 3-point shots, the Silver and Black at one point had eight-made shots from long range in the second quarter, while the Suns had 13 field goals made.

There was a scary moment near the end of the first half. This saw Dejounte Murray attempt a drive to the basket, get fouled, and sprain his left ankle in the process. He stayed to shoot the ensuing free throw but did not return to the game.

Spurs 38-point lead at halftime tonight is the largest lead San Antonio has ever had in an NBA game at halftime in franchise history. Previously 36.

— Jordan Howenstine (@AirlessJordan) February 8, 2018

The second half saw nothing change, as San Antonio took its lead to 40 points around the midway point. It stayed this way from continued dominance on the low back, with Pau Gasol getting in on the action.

Another horrible thing for the Suns? After the third quarter, the team was at a 9-percent mark from 3-point range. The Spurs have a well-regarded defense, but that’s a painful stat for anyone. It also resulted in this remarkable stat from Jordan Howenstine, a member of the team’s public relations who provided the previous tweet:

Spurs 47-point lead at the end of the third quarter is the largest lead through three quarters in San Antonio franchise history.

Previously 46 vs. Boston in 1979.

— Jordan Howenstine (@AirlessJordan) February 8, 2018

The fourth quarter saw the Spurs empty their bench and make for a mostly quiet fourth quarter. Fans booed, left the venue and missed out on what continued to be a 40-50 point game. The final score was a dismal 129-81 blowout.

Pau dime. pic.twitter.com/0DEoU1XqHr

— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) February 8, 2018

Next: Top 25 players in Spurs history

Thursday is the 2018 NBA Trade Deadline at 3:00 p.m. ET. If anything happens, we will see how it impacts the Spurs vs. the Golden State Warriors on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 10:30 p.m. ET.

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