Phoenix Suns defeat San Antonio Spurs 106-99, stay undefeated (in preseason)

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The Suns traveled to San Antonio and took down the Spurs with a 106-99 victory.

The Phoenix Suns beat the San Antonio Spurs 106-99 behind strong performances from Gerald Green, Dionte Christmas and PJ Tucker.

The Suns began the game with a starting five of Goran Dragic, Archie Goodwin, Gerald Green, Markieff Morris and Marcin Gortat. Meanwhile, the Spurs didn't rest any of their big three (Duncan, Parker and Ginobili) but surprisingly elected to give young Kawhi Leonard the day off, rolling with a starting group of Tony Parker, Danny Green, Corey Maggette, Tim Duncan and Tiago Splitter.

The Suns began running from the very start, with Gerald Green and Marcin Gortat leading the way. Both teams' "stars" played sparingly today. The Suns dynamic duo of guards didn't play much and weren't great in their limited minutes. Goran Dragic went to the bench after 07:32 of play and an 0-3 shooting start and got the rest of the night off. Eric Bledsoe then checke din and struggled mightily with his shooting and shot selection initially, missing all of his first eight shots before finding some rhythm and making his next three shots to finish with 7 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists in 16 minutes of play.

Tim Duncan played 22 minutes (more than any Suns starter) and finished with 12 points and 4 rebounds. Tony Parker went for 11 points in 19 minutes and Manu Ginobili came off the bench in his sixth man role to play 22 minutes, tallying 11 points, 5 assists and 2 rebounds.

Highlights:

  • Marcin Gortat was very good in his limited playing time, tallying 6 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and a block in 17 minutes.

  • Gerald Green took the most shots of any player in the game, finishing with 19 points in 19 minutes on 8-15 shooting and making some difficult shots he'd probably miss most of the time. He also had the easiest-looking windmill dunk I might have ever seen.

  • Dionte Christmas provided a great spark off the bench and finished with 14 points in 19 minutes, including 3-4 from beyond the three point arc. If he can keep making those threes, he'll have a great shot of sticking to this roster.

  • PJ Tucker bullied his way to 14 points off the bench in just 14 minutes in typical PJ Tucker fashion, finishing strong drives and bulldozing his way to the hope. He even made a couple jumpers!

  • Alex Len played the most minutes of any Sun and although he struggled and looked tentative initially, he finished the game in strong fashion and looked better overall tonight than in the last two games. He finished with 6 points, 9 rebounds and 2 blocks in 25 minutes, finishing inside and making a long jumper. That rebounding rate is the most impressive sign at this early stage of his career.

  • Archie Goodwin started the game alongside Goran Dragic and played nearly 20 minutes, finishing with 6 points and 3 rebounds on 3-7 shooting from the field. He looked great on a strong drive and while finishing an alley-oop pass from Marshall but understandably needs to improve his feel for the game.

  • Kendall Marshall didn't stand out statistically (5 points and 1 assist in 12 minutes) but he played well and showed an improved jumpshot (1-2 from the three point line).

The biggest takeaway from the game is that these Suns, no matter what, will look to run and push the pace against anyone. It remains to be seen how much success they'll have in the regular season but so far, they're undefeated. Andrew Wiggins who?

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