Spurs 129, Suns 81: Who shined and who didn't?
The San Antonio Spurs faced off against the Phoenix Suns and walked away with a convincing 129-81 win. With the victory, they bring their overall record to 35-21 on the season as well as boasting a 13-15 road record.
This was the first game of the Spurs’ Rodeo Road Trip and from the opening tip, the Spurs were in complete control of the game outscoring their opponent 28-9 in the first and never trailed in the game. The Spurs biggest lead was 53 points but was marred by Dejounte Murray suffering a left ankle sprain in the second quarter. He did not return to the game.
To add on to this win, head coach Gregg Popovich and veteran point guard Tony Parker secured their 850th win together. The only other coach and player duo to have more in Pop and Tim Duncan.
Let’s take a look at who shined and who didn’t for the Spurs in the third-largest win margin in team history.
The team shined bright:
As mentioned before, this was the first game of the 6-game trek and the entire team stepped up big time to secure the win. The Spurs had five different players score double digit points and also limited their turnovers to only 12.
The Spurs would finish with a 62-44 rebounding edge over the Suns and a 26-15 assist edge.
LaMarcus Aldridge led the way for the Spurs with 23 points and 13 rebounds, followed by Patty Mills who had 18 points.
And as for who didn’t shine, there was nobody who failed to impress. Everyone played their part in this win and it showed in the final score, as the Spurs handed the Suns their worst defeat in team history.
The Spurs will look to carry this momentum into Saturday as they face off against the Golden State Warriors Feb. 10 in game 2 of the Rodeo Road Trip.
Aldridge, Spurs hand Suns their most one-sided loss ever
By BOB BAUM, AP Sports Writer
PHOENIX (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs opened their long, annual "rodeo road trip" with one of the biggest routs in the team's history.
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 23 points in 28 minutes and the San Antonio Spurs demolished Phoenix 129-81 on Wednesday night.
The 48-point blowout matched the most one-sided loss in Suns history — set against Portland in this season's opener — and was the third-largest margin of victory for San Antonio.
Only a 51-point Spurs win at Philadelphia on Dec. 7, 2015, and a 49-point blowout of Vancouver on Nov. 5, 1995 were bigger.
"We made shots," San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. "You make shots, things get easy."
Patty Mills added 18 points and Danny Green 17 for the Spurs. Dejounte Murray scored 14 before leaving with a sprained ankle in the second quarter.
Alex Len scored 14 for the Suns, who shot 34 percent from the field and were 3-of-32 on 3-pointers.
"I think it was an embarrassment for all of us out here tonight," veteran Jared Dudley said. "I think the fans definitely earned an apology for the display. It's definitely unexcusable."
But Popovich thought the Suns did have some mitigating factors.
"Suns' didn't have all their bodies," he said. "You got to have your bodies at this level or it is tough. To have the guys that they have out really hurts."
Phoenix was without leading scorer Devin Booker for the second game in a row due to a hip pointer. Center Tyson Chandler missed the game with a sore neck and Tyler Ulis left with back spasms in the first half.
"We are, I think, obviously undermanned and they just walked all over us," Phoenix interim coach Jay Triano said. "They're a veteran team, they play well and we had no answer."
The Spurs never trailed against a Suns team that has lost four straight and nine of 10. Phoenix's 38 losses are the most in the NBA.
San Antonio dominated from the opening tip and led 69-31 at the half. The 38-point margin was the largest halftime lead for the Spurs against a team in their history. Phoenix never got any closer than 36 points in the second half and trailed by as many as 53 in the fourth quarter.
The Suns averted a 50-point loss with Danuel House's dunk on a fastbreak lob pass with six seconds to play.
"Guys made shots, the ball moved and guys competed on defense," Aldridge said, "so hopefully it will carry over."
The level of competition will go up in a hurry. The Spurs play at Golden State Saturday night.
Spurs: The "rodeo road trip" occurs when the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo takes over the AT&T Center. ... San Antonio swept the season series with Phoenix 4-0 and has won 13 of the last 14 meetings. ... Spurs won't play at home again until Feb. 28 (against New Orleans). ... The center Bertans got his fifth start of the season, replacing Pao Gasol. ... San Antonio will travel 6,546 miles on their annual "rodeo trip." Spurs have been taking the trip every year since 2003.
Suns: In the 49 seasons before this one, the Suns' biggest loss was by 44 points. ... Phoenix started a lineup with the ages 24, 21, 20, 21 and 22. ... Suns are 3-9 without Booker this season. ... With Booker and Ulis hurt, Josh Gray — called up last week from the G-League's Northern Arizona Suns — was the team's' lone healthy point guard.
Spurs: at Golden State Warriors Saturday night.
Suns: host Denver Nuggets Saturday night.