PHOENIX (AP) – Rudy Gay scored 19 points, Drew Eubanks added 13 points and 13 rebounds in his first start of the season, and the short-handed San Antonioover the Phoenix Suns on Saturday night. The Spurs were playing without a handful of their leading rotation players, including DeMar DeRozan, but they still controlled almost the entire . The 6-foot-9 Eubanks has had an increased role over the past few double-double in the past four games.
The Suns had their 10-game homesnapped and fell to 40-16 for the season. They’re about to enter a tricky part of their schedule with 12 final 16 games on the road. Phoenix used a pair of 3-pointers late in the third by Jevon Carter and Torrey Craig to pull within 87-68 going into the fourth. Carter another 3 to remove the Suns within 87-71, but they wouldn’t get any closer. Carter led the Suns with 17 points off the bench. Devin Booker added 15 points but shot just 6 of 18 from the field. The Suns , including 22% from the 3-point range.
The Suns have been prolific from 3 the past few weeks – including making a franchise-record 25 3s in a win over the Rockets on Monday – but struggled from long range against the Spurs. Phoenix missed its first eight shots from behind the arc, finally breaking the streak when Cam Johnson knocked one down midway through the second. By then, the Suns were already in a big hole. The Spurs led by as many as 23 in the second andinto halftime. Dejounte Murray led the Spurs with 10 . , who made just 1 of 10 3-pointers in the first half.
Spurs:rested a handful of players, including G Patty Mills, DeRozan, and F Jakob Poeltl. F Trey Lyles was also out with a right . … Gorgui Dieng was ejected from the game with 25 seconds left, moments after being called for a double technical. Suns: F Abdel Nader because of a sore right knee. G/F Cam Johnson played despite a nasal fracture.
The Spurs got contributions all over the roster. Devin Vassell scored 18 points, Keldon Johnson scored 17, Murray added 14, andscored 12. The Spurs shot 51% from the field and 41% from the 3-point range.
Spurs: Visit the Indiana Pacers on Monday.
Suns: Visit the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday.
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