Suns wins 13th in a row, beats Spurs 115-111 | Sports News


By RAUL DOMINGUEZ, Associated Press

SAN ANTONIO (AP) – Devin Booker scored 23 points, Deandre Ayton had 21 points and 14 rebounds, and the Phoenix Suns beat the San Antonio Spurs 115-111 on Monday night for their 13th straight victory.

The Suns tied the third longest winning streak in franchise history. It’s their longest since a franchise record of 17 consecutive wins from Dec.28, 2006 to Jan.29, 2007.

“I really don’t think about anything, it’s really just a number,” said Suns goaltender Cameron Payne. “Honestly, we just went 1-0 today.”

Phoenix was able to do so after a 126-97 victory in Denver on Sunday. The Suns showed no fatigue on the second night of a game in a row but admitted a few mental failings late.

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Payne added 20 points off the bench for Phoenix, six of whom finished in double digits. Phoenix finished with 25 assists and went 45 for 87 (51.1%) from the field.

San Antonio point guard Dejounte Murray had 18 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds for his seventh career triple-double. Murray brushed off the achievement with an explanation, instead focusing on the Spurs having lost five in a row.

San Antonio (4-12) lost eight of 10 for their second worst start in franchise history.

“I mean that with everything in me,” Murray said. “I’m a winner. I’ve been a winner and I want to win.

Phoenix dominated much of the game, showing patience offensively despite San Antonio’s faster pace.

“I always say the best shot available every time,” Booker said. “I think our team’s dynamic with (Ayton) is a rim threat and he can play pocket also surrounded by a lot of shooters and playmakers. We have the ability to get good shots every time in. the court.

The Spurs outscored Phoenix 20-10 to open the fourth quarter, shooting 100-95 with 6 minutes left.

Having played for San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich and been his team’s assistant coach, Phoenix coach Monty Williams expected a late rally.

“I’ve been on that bench, I’ve been in this organization in the times they take these games off,” said Williams.

The Suns recorded a 10-0 streak after a timeout. San Antonio responded, edging Phoenix 10-2 to move closer to 114-109 with 38 seconds left.

“We just need to be stronger with what works,” Booker said. “A team has nothing to lose when they lose 15. They were desperate. They were getting thefts and turnovers. When you shoot the ball down to 15 it’s a lot easier.

Spurs are winless when led in double digits, and they tied a season low with five 3-pointers from 20 attempts.

“People have to find ways to get it (3 points),” Popovich said. “We have to try to help them. But I would be very disappointed if we didn’t get any assists or get murdered on the board or flip it over constantly. “

Suns: Frank Kaminsky missed his fourth straight game with a stress reaction to his right knee. Kaminsky is averaging 10.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 22.8 minutes this season as the main big man off the bench in Phoenix. … Cameron Johnson had 18 points after scoring a career-high 22 in Sunday’s win over Denver.

Spurs: Doug McDermott missed the game with a flaming right knee. He missed three games earlier this season with pain in the same knee. … Keita Bates-Diop has made his fourth career start and the first since his rookie season in 2019.… Jock Landale remains under the league’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols. … San Antonio’s worst start came in 1997 when the club went 2-13.

Popovich was pragmatic after a bit of playfulness when asked to keep the morale of his young team up during a tough season.

“We bring them gifts,” Popovich said. “Puffs of cocoa, try to keep them smiling, that sort of thing.” “

Popovich laughed before declaring that patience is the key.

“We train, try to improve,” he said. “We have to grow old and become more habitual and more consistent. It’s a lot of young people. You have to have patience. They are doing their best. “

Suns: In Cleveland Wednesday.

Spurs: Host Atlanta on Wednesday.

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