They beat the Spurs 101-81. The Suns came out and knew exactly what they needed to do. They put Kurt Thomas on Tim Duncan and moved Shawn Marion to guard Tony Parker. And, at least for one game, that was the key to the Spurs. Will it happen again? I have no idea. I think it can. But the Suns have to play the next two games in San Antonio. First on Saturday and then on Monday. But for now, the critics are silenced and the Suns are on top of the world.
Many people will say that Kurt Thomas was player of the game. And he played a heck of a game. He really played Tim Duncan well. Tim Duncan scored 29 points on 12-20 shooting, had 11 rebounds and 4 fouls. It just seemed like Kurt Thomas was keeping him off his game. And Thomas scored 12 points of his own!
But the real key to the game - in my opinion - was Shawn Marion's play on Tony Parker. Shawn only scored 5 points on 2-4 shooting. But without Shawn, this game would have been a lot closer. Tony Parker shot 5-14, had 13 points and only 3 assists.
The Suns were just unstoppable tonight after the 1st quarter. In the first quarter, they came out with almost too much energy and just kept missing their shots. But once the second quarter started, the Suns got into their game and couldn't be stopped.
Amare Stoudemire scored 27 points on 10-16 shooting and had 9 rebounds. Steve Nash had 16 assists - 8 more than last game. He also had 20 points on 7-17 shooting. So he didn't shoot well but he kept the team in the game. Raja Bell had 18 points on 6-9 shooting. As someone was saying earlier, his points just kind of appeared.
Overall, the Suns really played well tonight and should be able to go into Saturday's game with a lot of confidence. The Suns know what to do to beat the Spurs now and while I think the Spurs will make some adjustments, the confidence level of the Suns will help if nothing else. The Suns still didn't shoot great considering the first quarter so there are some improvements that can be made.
Lastly, the Suns kept within 1 rebound even though they were still doubled up again in offensive rebounds. So there are things the Suns can improve on.
This was a really fun game to watch. I'm interested to see what will happen in San Antonio. They still need to win one in San Antonio to be able to get home court advantage back. I would love to see them get the game on Saturday as opposed to the game on Monday.
What are your thoughts on the game? What could the Suns have done better? What do they need to do now that they've beaten the Spurs?