NBA Game Summary - Phoenix at San Antonio
(Wednesday, November 8th)
Final Score: San Antonio 111, Phoenix 106 (OT)
San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) - Fabricio Oberto scored 22 points on a perfect 11-of-11 from the floor as San Antonio came back to best Phoenix, 111-106 in overtime at the AT&T Center.
The Spurs dominated the first four minutes of the extra frame, outscoring Phoenix 10-2 to take a comfortable 111-103 lead. Tony Parker's running jumper with 1:14 left capped the spurt.
Raja Bell finally answered with a long three from the left corner but the Suns would get no closer as San Antonio held on for the win.
Parker netted a game-high 29 points with six assists for the Spurs, who won at home for the first time this season and garnered their third straight victory. Tim Duncan added a double-double with 26 points and 14 rebounds.
"Most of the time I play close to the basket so I just had a good night," said Oberto. "The most important thing is we played well in overtime and won the game."
Steve Nash and Bell each tallied 20 points for the struggling Suns, who lost their third straight game. Amare Stoudemire tallied 16 points but fouled out in just over 15 minutes of action.
"When you play a team like the Spurs it's always going to go down to the wire," said Bell. "They are a great team. Unfortunately today we lost."
The Suns sported a 25-21 edge after the first 12 minutes but the Spurs batted back in the second quarter to take a slim 50-49 advantage into the locker room.
The see-saw continued in the third and the Suns went back on top 75-70.
Phoenix continued to hold San Antonio at arm's length heading toward the stretch. The Spurs tried to press the Suns and four consecutive points by Parker drew San Antonio to within four, 93-89, with 3:27 left in regulation.
Twenty-two seconds later, Bell stopped the bleeding momentarily with a tip-in but the Spurs ripped off a 9-2 run to take the lead. Parker capped the burst with a three-point play. The electric guard raced in the paint for a left- handed layup and was fouled. He connected on the ensuing free throw and San Antonio found themselves up 98-97 with just 39.1 ticks left.
The Suns isolated Leandro Barbosa on the left wing but the Spurs defense was equal to the task and drew a charge to get the ball back.
San Antonio then used some beautiful passing to find a wide-open Duncan under the hoop. The All-Star forward deposited the easy lay-in and was fouled with 10.8 seconds remaining. Duncan then drained the free throw to put the Spurs up, 101-97.
San Antonio would need the extra point by Duncan because Bell drained a three from the left corner with 7.5 on the clock to make it a one-point game, 101-100.
The Suns quickly fouled Duncan, who missed both from the stripe with 6.3 second left, giving Phoenix a chance to steal the win.
After a time out, Bell inbounded the ball and got it right back. The wingman then drove down the right side of the lane and was fouled by Oberto with 1.5 seconds left. Bell hit just 1-of-2 to send things to overtime.
The Suns are 0-3 on the road this season. They now return to US Airways Center for a three-game homestand against Dallas, Memphis and Philadelphia...Last season, the Spurs won three of four from Phoenix. The Suns have lost six straight and 11 of their last 12 at San Antonio.
11/08 23:44:25 ET