The Spurs took their ninth straight game from the Phoenix Suns by out-executing the visitors in the second half, and getting into a bit of garbage time by the end of the fourth to win 119-98. But it wasn’t a laugher throughout, in fact, the first two quarters were fairly dismal.
Both clubs started the night out with a serious case of butterfingers. Phoenix turned the ball over 8 times in the first quarter and the Spurs had such a hard time getting themselves together without Kawhi Leonard, who was out with tummy yuckies.
After 12 minutes, the Spurs were up 30-27, and it’s not every 30 point quarter that feels like points were left out on the court, but San Antonio should have been up by double digits with how the Suns were giving up the ball.
But when Phoenix wasn’t turning it over, they were putting it through the hoop. The Spurs got everything they wanted early, but the Suns pressuring defense made it difficult through the 2nd. Even though they got into the bonus early in the period, they found themselves down to a team who got hot from outside, and was scoring at will inside.
LaMarcus Aldridge himself was getting inside and getting to the line, but overall the Spurs were outworked, and with 1:11 left in the half, they were down 10. Even though Phoenix shot 68% from the field for the first two quarters, the Spurs pulled within 6 at intermission.
The Spurs started the 3rd quarter on a mission — an early 9-0 run was stalled by back to back turnovers from Green, prompting an angry timeout from Pop.
Soon after the bench went in, San Antonio went on a run:
Manu from deep, Mills with a floater, Manu steals and slams. Spurs extend the lead from 2 to 7. Crowd gets into it. pic.twitter.com/HQKF1O7NBi— J.R. Wilco (@jollyrogerwilco) December 29, 2016
And then things got a bit crazy
One of the craziest sequences in the season so far for the Spurs. pic.twitter.com/a7569puIcP— J.R. Wilco (@jollyrogerwilco) December 29, 2016
And then Pop lost it:
Pop lost it with Manu wanting the ball slowed down. pic.twitter.com/Gfw9gHdAeX— J.R. Wilco (@jollyrogerwilco) December 29, 2016
And then Pop had everyone in stitches.
This is about as funny as the Spurs bench gets. Pop cracks Green up as Murray tries to figure it all out. pic.twitter.com/wraoHQbXBF— J.R. Wilco (@jollyrogerwilco) December 29, 2016
And then the home team won the game.