Playing without their top three perimeter players, not even the defending Western Conference champion San Antonio Spurs could sustain enough offense to compete with the high-flying Phoenix Suns on Friday night. As a result, Phoenix improved their already impressive record to 33-21 with a 106-85 victory in their home building.
The story of the night was the side of the floor occupied by the Phoenix defense and the San Antonio offense, as they Suns were highly effective in containing the Spurs. San Antonio shot a dismal 34.8% from the floor and 9.5% (2 for 21) from 3-point range in the game, and it was a particular woeful night from two members of their rotation. Point guard Patty Mills and 3-point champion Marco Belinelli combined to shoot 3-for-22 from the floor (yikes), and because they are being asked to do a lot on that end, it was a recipe for disaster.
On the Phoenix side, it was a balanced effort, but Markieff Morris stood out above the rest. One half of the famed Morris twins (his brother Marcus had 13 points in 25 minutes), Markieff scored a team-high 21 points on 8 for 10 shooting, and he was able to out-duel a deep San Antonio front line in this spot. In addition, Phoenix cracked the 50% mark for shooting as a team, and by the latter part of the second half, they were in full cruise-control mode in route to the win.
There isn’t a ton to be gleaned from this game in the long run given the state of the San Antonio injury situation, but Phoenix continues to roll on toward a mark that no one expected.