NBA Game Summary - San Antonio at Phoenix
(Tuesday, December 15th)
Final Score: Phoenix 116, San Antonio 104
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Amare Stoudemire scored 28 points with 14 rebounds and Steve Nash added 25 points with 13 assists, as Phoenix drained 11 three-pointers in a 116-104 victory over San Antonio.
"Definitely a big win for us, we came out with a lot of intensity from the start. We gave 100 percent effort out there," said Stoudemire.
Grant Hill contributed 17 points, Channing Frye donated 15 and Goran Dragic added a career-high 18, including 4-of-5 from beyond the arc, for the Suns, who improved to 9-0 at US Airways Center.
Tim Duncan led all scorers with a season-high 34 points and 14 rebounds, Roger Mason collected a season-best 19 points off the bench and Tony Parker scored 15 points in defeat. San Antonio's three-game winning streak came to an end.
"We didn't maintain aggressiveness for 48 minutes. The only good part is that we put a group out there that showed some character and got us back in the game. We had too many pathetic games from too many people and we can't do that against a good team," said Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich.
Frye's hook capped eight straight points for the home team in the early going, opening up an 18-7 edge. He stepped up and hit a rare three moments later for a 22-11 advantage, and the edge remained 11 at 28-17 after the first quarter.
Dragic drained two threes in less than two minutes for a 46-32 lead with just under six minutes remaining in the first half, and treys on three straight possessions -- capped by Frye's long-range jumper -- made the score 61-45 with 2:19 left in the first half.
Phoenix took a 67-52 edge into the locker room.
The lead grew to 20 at 76-56 after a Jason Richardson three and a driving layup from Hill. Mason's bank shot less than four minutes later cut the deficit in half to 82-72, and George Hill tallied five points in a row with his layup making the score 87-82 with just over one minute remaining in the period, completing a 26-11 scoring stretch.
The large advantage was nearly gone after Duncan's bank shot drew the Spurs within 89-88 early in the fourth, but the Suns scored the next two crucial buckets, and Dragic's three halfway through the period pushed the lead back to double digits at 103-93. The Spurs only got as close as nine points the rest of the way.
Phoenix shot 51.6 percent from the floor and made 11-of-18 from beyond the arc, shooting a better percentage from long distance (61.1) than from the free-throw line (53.8)...San Antonio shot 46.5 percent from the floor and made 7-of-16 three-pointers...The Spurs had won the previous three contests with the Suns...Phoenix has won 18 in a row at home dating back to last season...The 116 points Phoenix scored is its most in a regulation game against San Antonio since January 29, 1993.
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