The San Antonio Spurs went into Phoenix looking to stay healthy and end the season with the best record in the NBA; but those two objectives weren’t accomplished as the Spurs fell to the Suns 106 to 103 while losing one of their all stars.
The first quarter was close as the Spurs and Suns matched baskets, Phoenix held an early six to seven lead.
Then, Spurs guard Manu Ginobili ran off a Tim Duncan set-screen and got his right elbow caught between Duncan’s body and Suns’ guard Grant Hill’s arm. Ginobili fell to the ground in pain and left to the locker room. Word came out in the second quarter that Ginobili had a right hyper-extended elbow and would not return to the game. The results were negative and Ginobili was scheduled to have an MRI test done as soon as the team arrived in San Antonio.
At the end of the first quarter, the Spurs trailed the Suns 27 to 43.
After seeing one member of the “Big 3” go down with injury, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich opted to keep playing Duncan and Tony Parker. With seven minutes remaining in the second quarter, and the Spurs down by 16-points, the two players were out on the floor.
Late in the second quarter, Spurs guard Gary Neal connected on a transition three pointer to cut the Suns’ lead to single digits.
As halftime approached, the Spurs only trailed 53 to 61. The team was down 18-points at one time but held Phoenix to 18 second quarter points and poured in 28 themselves.
Tim Duncan led with 14-points and seven rebounds. Danny Green had a major impact off the bench for eight first half points.
Phoenix was able to stretch their lead back into double digits but late in the third quarter, Green made a three pointer to make it a single digit game as the Spurs trailed the Suns 70 to 79 with 2:44 remaining.no comments