Phoenix Suns Hang Tough Against San Antonio Spurs Until Crunch Time, Lose

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Good ballgame to watch last night down at the US Airways Center, but San Antonio's veteran stars proved too much in the end, as the Spurs pulled away late from the Phoenix Suns to win 107-100.

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Locals lose tough one to Spurs, Clippers up next in LA

​The Suns dropped to 25-25 with the loss, which came after they were leading (shades of the recent 4th-quarter meltdown against the Miami Heat) as late as the end of the third quarter.

Shannon Brown was excellent for Phoenix, scoring a career-high 32 points as he got a lot more playing time than usual in the absence of sore-kneed Grant Hill. Dude plays very hard.

Key part of the game came midway through the fourth when Spurs guard Tony Parker scored eight points during a 10-0 run that basically put Phoenix away.

 

Point guard Steve Nash looked, or should we say moved, like an oldster in the final quarter, and we heard after the game that his back had tightened up and was giving him problems. His line--16 points, eight assists, five turnovers--was fine, but he was a liability down the stretch, much as it pains us to say it.

The Spurs' Tim Duncan, another grizzled vet who (like Nash) will be a first-ballot Hall of Fame pick someday, put up 26 points and 11 rebounds, a great outing.

The Spurs (34-14 on the season) look awfully good, and may even compete for the NBA title in this abbreviated season.

Phoenix has the day off, and plays the entertaining Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night at the Staples Center.


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