The last meeting between the San Antonio Spurs and the Phoenix Suns resulted in a Spurs loss that would spark a 19-game winning streak. What happened this time? Oh, just clinching the top seed in the Western Conference and solidifying home-court throughout the playoffs.
The best record in the NBA was not easily achieved on Friday night thanks in part to the continual issue that the Spurs face. San Antonio plays down to the level of their competition, and that was the reason they found themselves down 21 points to a team fighting for a playoff spot.
The Suns are much improved, but there was no reason for the Spurs to be in the position that they put themselves in. However, thanks to the hot hand of Danny Green, boys from the Alamo were able to skate away by the skin of their teeth. Green scored a career-high 33 points on 12-of-17 shooting from the field. His seven 3-pointers were even more impressive, especially the one he hit late in the fourth to seal the deal.
Green is a product of great ball movement and great movement without the ball. He cannot create his own shot consistently so when scoring outburst like this happens, it is directly related to his teammates’ ability to get the ball to him in his spots. San Antonio had 24 assists on the night, and many of those were to Green, who will have to have these types of games for the Spurs to take advantage of their new-found home-court insurance plan.