LaMarcus Aldridge had an extra day off on Wednesday night and 24 hours later, it proved to be the difference. The tired San Antonio Spurs would need his energy in the final 12 minutes to get past the fast paced Phoenix Suns.
Aldridge scored nine of his 14 points in the final quarter as he helped lead the Spurs to a 107-92 win over the Suns inside Talking Stick Resort Arena on Thursday.
Kawhi Leonard and Pau Gasol each had 18 to lead the Spurs, with Gasol adding nine rebounds. Tony Parker and Dewayne Dedmon chipped in 11 apiece for San Antonio, who improved to 14-1 on the road.
Aldridge had just five points going into the fourth quarter with the Silver and Black trailing by one. He would score seven consecutive points as part of a 21-3 run to put the game away for the Spurs.
“I was just trying to find a rhythm…and it’s a process,” said Aldridge.
The Suns were led by Devin Booker’s 17 points. Brandon Knight added 11 off the bench for Phoenix (8-18), who led by three in the final quarter.
”Our guys fought and gave all they could. Some games end up like this,” Phoenix coach Earl Watson said.
Sager Strong: TNT broadcaster Craig Sager passed away at the age of 65 on Thursday after a battle with Leukemia. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich paid tribute to the legendary broadcaster in a pregame two-minute speech.
#Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was shaken up on the passing of Craig Sager. Didn't take any questions afterward. pic.twitter.com/cHvzH3R8vb
— Gerald Bourguet (@GeraldBourguet) December 16, 2016
Up next: The Spurs are now 21-5 on the season and will return to the court on Sunday when they welcome Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans to the AT&T Center for Tim Duncan Retirement Night at 6 p.m.