Facing elimination and needing a stellar performance to save their season, the Spurs got a new lease on life from Jarell Eddie. At least for one more night, as the Austin Spurs defeated the Santa Cruz Warriors 100-91 on Sunday.
For the Spurs, Eddie led all scores with 35 points thanks to his 63% shooting from the field (12/19) and 64% from beyond the arch (7/11), while tallying eight rebounds. Orlando Johnson nearly triple-doubled with 14 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists, and Jonathan Simmons stuffed every bit of the box score with 22 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals.
The Santa Cruz Warriors were helped by Ognjen Kuzmic who had 21 points and 11 rebounds in 30 minutes of action, with the now solo D-League Splash Brother, Mychel Thompson, adding 20 points, four rebounds and four assists on 9-of-20 shooting from the field.
Santa Cruz would race out to a 12-point lead in the first quarter, but Austin’s Jonathan Simmons cut it down to just seven in a matter of seconds to give the Warriors a 24-17 advantage at the end of the first.
Simmons would ride his quick hot streak that ended the first quarter by throwing in 12 of his 22 points in the second, giving the Spurs a six point lead going into the half.
Simmons’ first half shooting was apparently contagious, with the rest of the Spurs catching fire in the third quarter. Austin would shoot 63% from three point land in the third and push their lead out to 15. By the beginning of the fourth, the Spurs would lead by as much as 19 points until the Warriors came to life with the help of Dominique Sutton, but his 10 fourth quarter points weren’t enough to mount a comeback and clinch a trip to the NBA D-League Finals.
And now the stage is set for another series clinching Game 3. But the teams won’t have much time to change their gameplan, with Game 3 being Monday night at 9 PM from Kaiser Permanente Arena. We’ll have a complete preview of the game coming up on ATXSpurs.com.