The Suns survived a rough night to remain the fittest team in the league. The Phoenix squad added its 10th consecutive victory by beating the San Antonio Spurs 115-110, also becoming the first team to reach 40 wins so far in the regular season and establishing themselves as leaders of the competition. In fact, this result has guaranteed that the Arizonans will arrive as leaders of the West (and the NBA) at the All-Star break, which means that Monty Williams will make his debut as a coach in the All-Star game leading Team LeBron .
The locals managed to take the match thanks to their splendid last quarter, in which with a partial of 36-19 they turned around a match that had been getting more and more complicated as the minutes went by. The aggressiveness of Lonnie Walker, author of 22 points, and the outside accuracy of Doug McDermott, who reached 24 with a 6/9 triple, allowed the Spurs to take control of the game and begin to open differences after the break. putting the Suns on notice. At the end of the third quarter, Popovich’s men led 79-91, establishing their highest lead in the duel and forcing Phoenix to react in order not to let the victory escape.
That was precisely what the current leaders did. With a 17-2 run to start, the Arizonans regained control in just 3 minutes, and although San Antonio tried to hold on to the match, they couldn’t help but postpone the inevitable. The amount of resources of those from Arizona was too much for the Spurs, who although they managed to look at them face to face, ended up succumbing to an effectiveness in the final stages that was once again devastating.
Devin Booker, with two consecutive three-pointers in the last 2 minutes, was in charge of sentencing the match, also finishing as the top scorer with 28 points. The shooting guard narrowly surpassed Mikal Bridges, who signed his best mark of the season by reaching 26, while Chris Paul finished third in this matter with 20. The point guard also managed to sign a huge double-double by also distributing 19 assists (8 of them in the last quarter), and touched the triple-double by also capturing 8 rebounds.
The Suns also had a positive surprise, as Monty Williams chose to give important minutes to Ish Wainright and the rookie He responded with 10 goals (personal record) and several weighty actions in the final stretch of the clash. Injuries have opened a hole in the rotation for the forward in recent weeks, and he was grateful to Monty Williams for having him: “Having a coach who trusts you and shows you in every game means a lot” he assured .
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