It was the kind of game expected between the San Antonio Spurs and the Phoenix Suns — a down-the-wire finish. With a big game from Richard Jefferson, the Spurs (3-1) came out with a 112-110 victory over the slumping Suns (1-3) and make it two-in-a-row on the road.
The Spurs hit some big shots down the stretch to win this game. Now, let’s check some of the stats on how the Spurs got this one.
54.5 – The Spurs shot the ball well, making 42-77 (54.5%) attempts from the floor, including 11-13 from Tim Duncan.
44.6 – For the second straight game, the Spurs have held their opponents below 50% shooting from the field. The Suns converted 41-92 (44.6%) of their shots for the game.
42.9 – The Spurs missed nine of their first ten 3-point attempts before making their last five. They finished the game converting 6-14 (42.9%) of their shots from behind the arc. The Suns connected on 8-21 (38.1%) from the three point area.
45 – With George Hill out with an injury, the Suns’ bench torched the Spurs’ reserves 45-26, with Hakim Warrick scoring 19 .However, the Spurs won the rebounding battle, 45-40. With 17 boards coming from Duncan.
25 – Duncan had a great all-around game as he scored 25 points, grabbed 17 rebounds, blocked three shots and dished out two assists. Duncan also became second in scoring in franchise history by surpassing George Gervins’ 20,708 point total and is right on the heels of Spurs’ legend David Robinson.
23 – The Spurs were sloppy in this game and it nearly cost them. They had 23 turnovers compared to the Suns’ 13.
21 – Jason Richardson led the Phoenix Suns with 21 points and 3 rebounds.
6 – Jefferson was 6-6 from the floor in the fourth quarter and made all six free throws for the game, he had a game-high 28 points. The Spurs also held Suns’ starting forward Hedo Turkoglu to just 6 points.
4 – Jefferson hit 4 fourth quarter three-pointers including the go-ahead basket with 1:38 remaining in the game. DeJuan Blair also has 4 points and seven rebounds for the game.
Rookie Watch: Tiago Splitter looked more comfortable on the floor on his second game, he had 7 points and 3 rebounds in 15 minutes of action. James Anderson is steady off the bench, he had 6 points and 3 assists, with two of those resulting into a Jefferson three-pointer in the final period. Gary Neal only played 7 minutes but had two points and a steal.
What’s Next? The Spurs will try to extend their winning streak to three when they face the Houston Rockets in San Antonio on Saturday.