Spurs rally without Big 3 to beat Suns
Danny Green had 20 points and the San Antonio Spurs fought through the second half without their Big Three, rallying to beat the Phoenix Suns 100-95 on Friday night.
Patty Mills had 15 points, including two 3-pointers in the final 2 minutes, and Cory Joseph scored nine of his 11 points in the fourth quarter to help San Antonio snap Phoenix’s four-game winning streak.
P.J. Tucker and Eric Bledsoe had 19 points each and Goran Dragic added 17 points for the Suns. They have lost five straight in San Antonio.
The Spurs were able to rally without the Big Three, scoring a season-high 41 points in the final quarter.
Tim Duncan had 12 points and seven rebounds, but played less than a minute in the fourth quarter as coach Gregg Popovich chose to rest Duncan and Tony Parker. Parker left at the 4:24 mark of the third quarter with seven points in 21 minutes. Manu Ginobili sat out the second half because of back spasms.
Three days after blowing an 18-point lead to Detroit, the Spurs were again in danger of falling after gaining a sizable advantage.
After Tiago Splitter scored the opening basket of the second half, Phoenix went on a 12-0 run for its first lead and a 55-51 advantage. The Spurs had two turnovers and missed five shots during the drought.
Following San Antonio’s 13th turnover, Gerald Green slammed home an alley-oop pass from Isaiah Thomas for a 69-59 lead with 2 minutes left in the third quarter.
But P.J. Tucker and Markieff Morris picked up consecutive technical fouls after arguing with officials with 1:57 left and the Spurs leading 85-82. Mills sank both free throws and later added the two 3-pointers to keep San Antonio from another heartbreaking loss.
Suns: Phoenix acquired forward Brandan Wright from Boston on Friday. Wright was traded to the Celtics by the Dallas Mavericks on Nov. 18 as part of the deal that brought Rajon Rondo to the Mavericks. … C Alex Len was averaging 2.8 blocks in his previous 13 games since being inserted into the starting lineup on Dec. 15. … The Suns are averaging 113.4 points in their previous 12 games. … Phoenix has five players averaging at least 14 points. …. Phoenix’s last victory in San Antonio was Jan. 11, 2009.