Phoenix Suns did not give the San Antonio Spurs an option and continues to fight to be first in the West | NBA.com Argentina

Phoenix Suns he bid to finish first in the Western Conference in the best possible way. The San antonio spurs They had no option against Monty Williams’ men, being outmatched practically from the start of the crash, conceding a 22-7 partial. A situation that conditioned the rest of the game on the Texans, unable to recover after such a brilliant start from Arizona.

Far from staying there, the Suns continued to press the accelerator, increasingly opening the gap and leaving any kind of comeback impossible. Thus, lThe visitors took from the AT&T Center a very important victory by 140 to 103, thus equaling the widest margin of victory of the season (37), tied with that achieved over the Thunder in April.

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A match in which, surprisingly, he was not Gregg Popovich. Something extremely unusual and whose reason has to do with the celebration of the introduction ceremony of Tim Duncan in the Hall of Fame, where the technician will intervene. In his place was assistant manager Mitch Johnson, just 34 years old and in his second season in the franchise.

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Devin Booker led the Suns scoring in a superb pitching series, scoring 10 of his 18 attempts (3 of 8 on triples) to finish with a total of 27 points, adding 2 rebounds and 4 assists. A success that spread to the rest of the whole of Arizona with Chris Paul going 7 of 10 shots from the field and signing a double-double of 16 points and 10 assists, as well as the always reliable Mikal Bridges who reached 18 points on 7 of 9 shooting.

The partial boot of 34-17 by Phoenix in the first round it affected a few Spurs too much who missed their veterans like DeMar DeRozan and Rudy Gay as well as youngsters Dejounte Murray and Jakob Poeltl.

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In front of San Antonio was left only Keldon Johnson, who saw his performance tarnished by the external mistake (1 of 6), but which left very good feelings, ending with 18 points and 2 rebounds. Alongside this, rookie Devin Vassell had a correct night with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists on 6 of 15 attempts.

This victory maintains Phoenix’s options to get the first place in the Western Conference still open and it is that in the absence of a match only the difference with respect to Utah Jazz is only 1 game. If those of Salt Lake City fall in their next match against the Sacramento Kings and the Suns are imposed again on San Antonio, who would finish at the top of the table would be those of Arizona.

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