Phoenix – Rudy Gay scored 19 points, Drew Eubanks added 13 points and 13 rebounds at the first start of the season, short-handed San Antonio Spurs surprisingly dominant over Phoenix Suns on Saturday night 111 -85 wins.
The Spurs played without a few main Lausant players, including top scorer DeMar DeRozan, but still controlled almost the entire game. The 6-foot-9 Eubank has increased its role in the past few weeks, finishing with a second double-double in the last four games.
“No one on our team is interested in their stats or play. We’re just focused on winning,” Eubanks said. “My job is to bring energy.”
Rookie Devin Vassell added 18 points with a 7-of-9 shot, including a 4 of 6 with 3 points. Spurs improved to 27-28 this season.
“As a team, we tried to chase them,” Wassel said. “My teammates were finding me for 3 seconds and they gave me a lot of confidence.”
Sands recorded 10 consecutive home wins and fell to 40-16 during the season. They are trying to get into the difficult part of the schedule in 12 of the last 16 games.
Phoenix came in fourth within 87-68 with a pair of three-pointer in the second half of the third by Jevon Carter and Torrey Craig. Carter hit another three and pulled Sands within 87-71, but never got any closer.
“I hate losing the game, but it sees what we preach and how we play around here,” said Sands coach Monty Williams. “Protect, compete and share the ball. That’s what we have to do every night and we haven’t done it consistently.”
Carter led Sands 17 points away from the bench. Devin Booker added 15 points, but shot 6 out of 18 from the field. Sands shot only 40% as a team. This includes 22% from the 3-point range.
Williams emptied the bench by the middle of the fourth quarter.
“In the middle of the third quarter, you felt it wouldn’t be your night,” Williams said.
Sands has been prolific since the last few weeks, but on Monday he defeated the Rockets to set a franchise record of 25 3, but struggled in a long-distance race against the Spurs. Phoenix missed the first eight shots from behind Ark and eventually broke the streak when Cam Johnson knocked down one in the middle of the second.
By that time, the sun was already in a big hole. The Spurs led 23 people in 2 seconds, gaining a 64-45 advantage in half-time.
“They were making a lot of shots and we couldn’t find the rhythm,” Booker said. “It’s a tough match right there.”
Dejounte Murray led the Spurs with 10 points before the break. Booker had 13 for Sands, and it made only one of 10 3 pointers in the first half.
Spurs: San Antonio was resting a few players such as G Patty Mills, DeRozan and F Jakob Poeltl. F-Trey Lyles was also out with a sprain on his right ankle. … Gorgui Dieng left the game with 25 seconds left. Immediately after he and Sands forward Frank Kaminsky were asked for double technical.
Sands: F Abdel Nader missed 14 games in a row due to pain in his right knee. Johnson played despite his broken nose.
The Spurs contributed to the entire roster. Wassel, who didn’t play the previous two games, was pouring points, but Keldon Johnson was 17, Murray was 14, and Derrick White was 12. The Spurs shot 51% from the field and 41% from the 3-point range.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was particularly complementary to Wassel.
“He played well,” Popovich said. “He’s a great shooter. He’s long understood how to play. Defensively, he’s starting to understand the physics of the game.”
Spurs: Visit the Indiana Pacers on Monday.
Sands: Visit Milwaukee Bucks on Monday.
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Spurs wins 111-85, stopping Sands’ 10 home streak
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