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Suns Run Out of Steam and Lose to San Antonio, 132-121

The Phoenix Suns were home for the second straight game against the San Antonio Spurs. In the first match-up between these two teams the Spurs won, 115-114, after overcoming a double digit deficit in the fourth quarter. Bradley Beal and Devin Booker were not available in that game. Booker was available for this one.

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First Quarter

The Spurs carried their momentum over from the fourth quarter of the previous game. The Spurs started the game on a 13-0 run.

The Suns’ offense would finally wake up at the eight minute mark of the quarter as Kevin Durant made a pull-up jumper.

After that Durant jumper broke the slump, the Suns offense would get going but San Antonio also continued to score. The Spurs were up 23-13 with 4:06 left in the quarter. San Antonio would continue to play well and expand their lead to 31-16 with 2:27 left in the quarter.

The Spurs would continue to play well and end the quarter with a lead of 39-20.

Kevin Durant had more than half of the Suns points with 11 in the first quarter.

The Spurs leading scorer was Devin Vassell who also had 11 points.The Spurs were the ones coming in hot in that first quarter as they shot 60% from the floor and 8/13 from three.

Second Quarter

The Suns and Spurs would exchange scores to start the second quarter. San Antonio was up 45-28 with ten minutes left in the quarter. Phoenix would not be able to stop San Antonio at all.

The Suns needed stops but continued to exchange baskets. The Spurs were up 57-34 with 6:50 left in the second quarter.

The exchange of buckets would continue for the next few minutes. Then the Suns would start to make a run where they got the deficit down under 20.

This was short lived as Victor Wembanyama knocked down back to back three point shots to close the half for the Spurs. San Antonio led 75-55 at halftime.

Players of the Half

Victor Wembanyama led all scorers with 20 points. He was 8/14 from the floor. Devin Vassell was second in scoring with 17 points. The Suns didn’t have much to smile about outside of Kevin Durant shooting the ball well.

Third Quarter

The Spurs would continue to play well on the offensive end even expanding their led to over 20 points at one point in the third quarter.

The Spurs were up 89-77 with just over seven minutes left in the game. Despite the Suns best efforts they were not able to close the lead as the Spurs continued to shoot well.

Phoenix started to make some headway late in the third quarter and got the game within 15 with less than two minutes left in the third quarter. San Antonio was up 99-84 with less than two minutes left in the quarter.

Both teams would exchange buckets until the end of the quarter. San Antonio was up 103-89 at the end of the third quarter.

Fourth Quarter

The Suns would come out strong to start the fourth quarter behind the play of Devin Booker. San Antonio was up 109-101 with just under nine minutes left in the quarter.

Phoenix would continue to cut into the lead over the next few minutes and get it down 111-108. Devin Booker had 29 points at this point in the game. Cedi Osman hit a huge three pointer to put them up 114-108.  After that three pointer, the Suns would go on a 5-0 run to cut it to 114-113. Jeremy Sochan responded with a nice drive and spinning lay-up. The Suns would come down and get the ball rotating until it Keita Bates-Diop in the corner for a three pointer that tied the game at 116 a piece with 4:21 left in the game.

The Spurs would respond to this run with a run of their own. San Antonio was up 121-116 with three minutes left in the game. The run would continue for San Antonio as the lead expanded to 128-116 with 1:27 left in the game.

The Spurs would continue to hold on to their new found lead through the end of game and win 132-121. San Antonio improved to 3-2 while the Suns fell to 2-3.

Players of the Game

Victor Wembanyama showed the world what the hype is about in this one. Wembanyama filled up the stat sheet with 38 points, 10 rebounds, and two blocks.

Devin Booker was great in this losing effort. He nearly had a triple double with 31 points, 13 assists, and nine rebounds. Booker shot 10/19 from the floor and 5/7 from three point range.

Key Stats of the Game

The Spurs were not going to beat themselves as they did an excellent job of taking care of the ball. San Antonio only turned the ball over eight times compared to 14 for the Suns. San Antonio won the rebound battle 41-34 and this included nine offensive rebounds that led to lots of second chance opportunities.

Up Next

The Phoenix Suns are on the road against the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday, November 4th. The San Antonio Spurs are at home against the Toronto Raptors are Sunday, November 5th.

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