SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio Spurs bombarded Rudi Gay after his victorious fight against Phoenix, but this holiday received a cold dose of reality as soon as they hit the locker room.
Gay hit a 21-foot paratrooper in a buzzer, and the Spurs overcame Devin Booker's 38 points to win with a score of 126-124 on Tuesday evening, increasing the Sun's defeat range to nine games.
“We were really lucky to win the game,” said San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich. “I thought they beat us, outwitted us, outwitted us, beat us. We had no respect for them or for the game. We did not play with each other. It was a pitiful idea, and Phoenix got robbed. "
The Suns lost an average of 23 points in their previous four games and did not have the opportunity to choose the best traction, Deandre Ayton, but Spurs needed a clutch punch on the buzzer to win.
"This is a victory," said Gay. “I am not happy with how this happened, but we got the victory. This is part of a good team – you need to find ways to win. "
Lamarcus Aldridge had 29 points and 14 rebounds for San Antonio, which is 2-0 in a four-game home game, despite the fact that he played without an injured DeMar DeRosan. Gay finished with 16 points, five rebounds and five assists.
Suns lost their 11th place in a row in San Antonio, even though Booker was in season with glasses.
“Rejecting nine in a row and losing three or four winners of the game, you realize that you have to be blocked in the whole game,” Booker said. "This is not just the last shot."
Phoenix tied it up with the remaining 19.6 seconds. Booker stole a pass from Marco Belinelli and fed Josh Jackson for an indisputable dunk to do it all.
When the time was up, Gay was isolated and took a drop to jump over Kelly Obre Jr on the left wing, as the clock expired to help San Antonio avoid frustrated experiences.
“Greet Rudy for hitting him,” Obre said.
Spurs entered, allowing 109.7 points per game, 13th in the NBA, but struggled to contain the Sun. Phoenix had six players with double numbers, including 22 points for Jamal Crawford.
“We’re just not as physical as we were when we were really good at playing,” said point guard San Antonio Derrick White, who had 15 points. "We have moments when we do the right thing, but we disagree with that."
The suns were 13 to 29 at 3 points and shot 60% from the field to turn the deficit into 12 points in the third quarter into an almost win.
San Antonio ran 14: 2, starting in the middle of the third, with a score of 94–82. Phoenix rose to 96-95 at the beginning of the fourth, 106-105 in the middle of the period and up to 119-118 with the remaining two minutes.
“We have just withstood the storm,” said Crawford. “They threw several hayfields at us, but we didn’t throw them away. We have shown some growth and continue to move forward. We gave ourselves a chance, that's all you can ask. ”
Spurs finished with seven players in double numbers, including each starter. Davis Bertans scored 18 points, and Belinelli scored 17 from the bench.
Suns: The last Phoenix victory in San Antonio was on February 27, 2013, when Jermain O'Neil scored 22 points off the bench in a victory with a score of 105-101. … Ayton missed his sixth game in a row with a sprained left ankle.
Spurs: DeRozan sat his third game in a row with a sick left knee. This season, he missed four games, all in the last two weeks. … Belinelli was 4 on 7 on 3 pointers to reach 1,100 career 3s in his 12th season. … Aldridge has 17,968 career points, he passed Mira B. Free, Kelvin Murphy and Lou Hudson and was among the 75 best scorers in NBA history.
INSERT IT, TRAINERS
Bertans was not invited to participate in shooting competitions of 3 points during all the starry days, despite the fact that he was the leader in the league with 3 points.
This confuses his teammates.
“I think he's one of the best 3 point shooters in the league,” Gay said. "I do not know why he does not participate in the three-point competition."
TO TAKE A BREAK
Phoenix has three days off before playing in Atlanta. Suns are looking for their first victory since January 12th.
“At the moment everyone is a bit beaten,” said Crawford. "It may be good to get away from it for one day and then return to it."
Suns: take the Atlantic Hawks on Saturday evening.
Spurs: Host Brooklyn Networks Thursday Night.