NBA Game Summary - San Antonio at Phoenix
(Thursday, February 1st)
Final Score: Phoenix 103, San Antonio 87
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Amare Stoudemire backed up the reasoning for his inclusion into this year's NBA All-Star game with a 24-point, career-high 23-rebound performance, as the Suns used a blitz late in the fourth quarter to pull away for a 103-87 victory over the San Antonio Spurs.
In a game between two of the top three teams in the Western Conference, it was the Suns who got the best of Tim Duncan and Co. to win their 10th straight at home and 18th in their last 19 overall.
"We had to come out defensively against those guys; they are a top team in the west," Stoudemire said. "We wanted to hold them to limited points."
Leandro Barbosa had 25 points in a reserve role to lead the Suns, who bounced back from a 121-112 loss to Kevin Garnett and the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Target Center on Monday.
Two-time league MVP Steve Nash, also named as a reserve for the All-Star game earlier Thursday, ended with 13 points and 11 assists. Shawn Marion, another All-Star reserve for the Western Conference, had 12 points and 12 rebounds.
Manu Ginobili tallied 32 points and Tony Parker, also named an All-Star Thursday, scored 20 for San Antonio. Duncan ended with 20 points and 18 boards for the Spurs, who suffered their second consecutive defeat.
"We had a really tough game against a difficult team, and today we played a team that runs faster than anyone in the league," Ginobili said. "It's had to keep up with them, but I don't believe we lost because of being tired."
A Parker jumper brought the Spurs within 85-84 with nearly 5 1/2 minutes remaining, but the bottom then fell out for Gregg Popovich's team. Boris Diaw hit a reverse layup and added two free throws before Marion sank a running jumper for a 91-84 contest with 3:09 left.
After a Duncan layup, it only got worse for the Spurs. Stoudemire had a pair of thunderous jams in the final minute to seal Phoenix's victory, moving the team to 20-3 at home this season.
Diaw ended with 16 points for the Suns, who have not lost consecutive games since dropping four in a row, November 3-9.
The Spurs scored the game's first nine points and led 18-7 after a Duncan layup. Despite making just one of its first 11 shots, Phoenix charged back and trailed 22-16 going into the second quarter.
A three-pointer by James Jones gave Phoenix its first lead of the night at 31-29, but the Suns trailed 53-50 at the half.
Marion capped a big surge for the Suns to start the third, as they grabbed a 65-56 lead midway through the period. The Spurs came right back with eight consecutive points, but still trailed 72-70 going into the fourth.
San Antonio had won three straight meetings...Phoenix outrebounded the Spurs, 51-41...The Spurs shot 38.6 percent from the field...The Suns beat the Spurs for only the third time in the last 13 regular season meetings...The Spurs fell to 1-2 on their annual rodeo road trip, which covers eight contests this year, lasting until February 24...Nash has 10 straight double-doubles.
02/02 02:10:04 ET