The San Antonio Spurs tried to steal another game one in Phoenix, this time it was the Suns’ turn to shine. Steve Nash led the Phoenix Suns to victory, scoring 33 points on 13-19 of shooting from the field and added 10 assists and 3 rebounds in 37 minutes of action.
But how did the Suns win this one? Let’s dig into the numbers.
56 – The Spurs should be one’s dominating the paint, instead the Suns outscored the Spurs 56-48 on inside points.
51.9 – Did the Spurs leave their ‘D’ in Dallas? In this game, it looks like it when you allow a team to shoot 51.9% from the field in the playoffs you’re in trouble.
33 – Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker each scored 20 points or more for the Spurs. However, Amare Stoudemire, Jason Richardson and Steve Nash did the same for the Suns; only Nash scored more with 33.
27 – The Suns were able to run in this game beating the Spurs on fastbreak points 27-20.
21.1 – The Spurs shot an atrocious 21.1% (4-19) from behind the arc, including 0-5 from George Hill and 0-2 from Roger Mason Jr.
18 – The Spurs took care of the ball committing “only” 11 turnovers compared to the Suns’ 16. The problem? The Suns scored 18 points from those miscues.
9 – The Suns won the game by 9 points which is exactly the difference in the first quarter scores. The Spurs missed 9 free throws (22-31) including 4-9 from Tim Duncan. George Hill was not much of a factor in this game scoring 9 points on 2-9 shooting from the field.
It’s just one game, but the Spurs have to learn from it. They must dictate the pace of the game to come back in this series and will need help on offense outside of the “big three.” I’m talking to you, RJ. Game 2 is on tonight in Phoenix.