The Suns won 13th in a row, beating Tottenham 115-111
San Antonio Devin Booker scored 23 points, Dendry Eaton 21 points and 14 rebounds, and the Phoenix Suns beat the San Antonio Spurs 115-111 on Monday night for their thirteenth consecutive win.
The Suns matched the third longest winning streak in franchise history. It is the longest since they had 17 consecutive victories from December 28, 2006 to January 29, 2007.
“I don’t think of anything, it’s just a number,” said Suns goalkeeper Cameron Payne. “Honestly, we just went 1-0 today.”
Phoenix was able to do just that after a 126-97 win in Denver on Sunday. The Suns showed no fatigue on the second night of the back-to-back, but admitted some mental lapses of late.
Payne added 20 points from the bench for Phoenix, whose six players finished in double digits. Phoenix finished 25 assists and went 45 to 87 (51.1%) from the field.
San Antonio goalkeeper Dejaunt Murray scored 18 points, made 11 assists and 10 rebounds in his seventh three-pointer career. Murray shrugged off the achievement with an explanation, instead focusing on Spurs losing five goals in a row.
San Antonio (4-12) lost eight out of 10 in their second worst start in franchise history.
“I mean it with all my heart,” Murray said. “I am a winner. I was a winner and I want to win.”
Phoenix controlled most of the match, and was patient despite San Antonio’s faster pace.
“I always say the best shot available every time,” Booker said. “I think our team dynamic with (Aton) is an edge threat and he can play in the pocket also surrounded by so many shooters and playmakers. We have the ability to get good shots every time in the area.”
Tottenham outstripped Phoenix 20-10 to open the fourth quarter, withdrew within 100-95 with 6 minutes remaining.
Having played for San Antonio coach Greg Popovich and was an assistant coach on his staff, Phoenix coach Monty Williams was anticipating a late career.
“I’ve been on the bench, I’ve been in that organization in those moments they’re out of those games,” Williams said.
The Suns went in a 10-0 run after a timeout. San Antonio responded, beating Phoenix 10-2 to pull through 114-109 with 38 seconds remaining.
“We just have to be more precise about what works,” Booker said. “The team has nothing to lose when they go down 15. They were desperate. They were stealing and they were getting spins. When you hit the ball down 15, it’s a lot easier.”
Tottenham don’t win when they trail by two numbers, and have had their lowest level of the season with five three-pointers in 20 attempts.
“People have to find ways to get (3 pointers),” Popovich said. We have to try to help them. But I’d be very disappointed if we didn’t get help or were killed on the board or constantly turned over.”
Suns: Frank Kaminsky missed his fourth game in a row due to a stress reaction in his right knee. Kaminski has averaged 10.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 22.8 minutes this season as the primary big man on the Phoenix bench. … Cameron Johnson had 18 points after scoring 22 career points in Sunday’s win over Denver.
Tottenham: Doug McDermott missed the match due to an infection in his right knee. He sat three games earlier this season due to soreness in the same knee. … Keita Bates-Diop began his fourth career and first since the junior season in 2019. … Jock Landal remains subject to COVID-19 health and safety protocols. … San Antonio’s worst start came in 1997 when the club went 2-13.
Popovich was pragmatic after a bit of fun when asked about keeping the spirits of their young roster up during a tough season.
“We give them gifts,” Popovic said. “Cocoa puffs, try to make them smile, that kind of thing.”
Popovich laughed before saying that patience is key.
“We’re training, we’re trying to get better,” he said. “We are getting older and more regular and consistent. It is a lot of young people. You have to be patient. They are doing their best.”
Suns: In Cleveland on Wednesday.
Tottenham: Hosts Atlanta on Wednesday.
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