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Suns dominated on both ends by Spurs after 24-point first half

      
 
 

Awful. Terrible. That's all we really need to say, right?

The Suns set a franchise low in scoring in a half with just 24 first half points, and the Spurs weren't even playing that well. The Suns just did not have any fire, any spark.

By the end of the game, the only fans left in the arena were Spurs fans, who cheered loudly for a three pointer by Matt Bonner to put the Spurs up 101-74 with 28 seconds left.

That's how bad it was.

First quarter

Both teams started slowly in terms of pace. It's just that the Spurs made their jumpers while the Suns did not (starting 0-5 from the floor). The Spurs got out to an 8-0 start before Eric Bledsoe and Markieff Morris got scores on drives to the rim.

The Suns pulled to 10-7 before the Spurs got a couple scores on nice ball movement ending in a Leonard shot and a transition bucket for a 14-7 lead.

The lead got to 24-13 as the Suns missed 17 of their 21 shots in the quarter. The Spurs weren't even really playing especially well, and that's the only reason the Spurs lead was only 11.

They seem to be going through the motions, hoping uninspired offensive possessions ending in bad jumpers will serve them well.

Second quarter

The first half of the second quarter was awful.

Just awful.

The Suns got down 20 by not making a single field goal for the first five minutes of the quarter while allowing the Spurs to get most of their shots on bunnies in the paint. They just kept pounding the ball in there time after time.

As the quarter inexorably rolled on, twice SA coach Gregg Popovich called timeouts on 2-0 Suns runs keyed by broken play fast break scores. LOL.

That's all I need to say about the second quarter.

Oh, one more thing: Danny Green had a three from 30 feet out to put the Spurs up 51-24 at half.

In the process, the Suns set a FRANCHISE low for scoring with 24.

Note: Brandon Knight came up lame in the first half with a hip pointer.

Third Quarter

You'd think maybe the Suns just needed a wake up at halftime...

But no.

The lead easily got to 31 simply because the Suns continued to refuse to make shots - even the easiest ones.

They scored only 5 points in almost 6 minutes of play.

For the quarter they finished with 17. It was a veritable offensive onslaught with 12 points in the last 6 minutes of the quarter.

Spurs up 75-41. Just playing basketball. Not even really playing that well. Spurs shooting 44% after three quarters, making only 2 of 14 three pointers. And they're up 34 points.

Fourth Quarter

The Suns began the 4th with Goodwin, Len, Bullock, Warren and Marcus Morris and went on a 8-0 run... and Pop didn't even call a timeout to stop the bleeding.

That's how far gone this game was.

Marcus Morris scored 15 points all by himself in the first half of the fourth, and the Suns cut the Spurs lead to a mere 18 points, but then Popovich put Kahwi Leonard back in to push the lead back to 24 with 4 minutes left.

In good news

  • the Suns defense will appear improved after this game. They "held" the Spurs to under 45% shooting and 12% on threes.
  • Alex Len had a good game on the boards (9) but was pulled with 3 minutes left, breaking his consecutive games streak of double digit rebounds at 5.
  • Marcus Morris had 19 points and 7 rebounds
  • The Suns did NOT, I repeat DID NOT, break their single-game record for fewest points (68) so this game won't be in any record books

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