Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Spurs best Suns in OT thriller, 110-101.
Brandon Knight made a fabulous shot over two defenders with the shot clock expiring, capping a 12-2 run by the Suns to notch the score after the first quarter.
Tim Duncan had 9 early points on a 8-0 run by the Spurs, with Shawn Marion making plays in the second. Then suddenly, Danny Green twisted his ankle and the Suns capitalized for a lead at halftime.
The Spurs persevered and outplayed Phoenix in the 3rd quarter, but fouls and poor shooting plagued SA. Suns tied the game again and Eric Bledsoe hit a hail mary prayer at the buzzer to take the lead.
The 4th quarter was a war of attrition, with the Spurs missing two easy layups and the Suns missing four free throws in the final minute that would have made a 4 point lead over the visiting champs. San Antonio went on to tie the game with only 3.6 seconds left on the clock. Bledsoe missed at the buzzer, lightning not striking twice.
Overtime saw a 10-2 run by the Spurs, with Kawhi Leonard nabbing a 4-pt lead off free throws, unlike the Suns could do before. Tim Duncan made a layup in the fast break and got fouled too, making the free throw to ice the game.
Tyson Chandler had 25 points and a monstrous 18 rebounds. Eric Bledsoe had 24 points, and Brandon Knight had 21 points. For the victors, Tony Parker had 26 points and 8 assists; Kawhi Leonard had a strong 25 points, Duncan achieved a double-double (16pts/12rebs), Manu Ginobili had 15 points and Boris Diaw had 11 points. Ray Allen struggled in this game, and even fouled out but resilient team play by the Spurs made up for it.