NBA Game Recap - San Antonio at Phoenix
Mon Jan 20, 2020 9:00 PM EST

DET
100
WAS
106
F
TOR
122
ATL
117
F
PHI
117
BKN
111
F
ORL
106
CHA
83
F
NO
126
MEM
116
F
CHI
98
MIL
111
F
SAC
113
MIA
118
F(OT)
OKC
112
HOU
107
F
NY
106
CLE
86
F
LAL
107
BOS
139
F
DEN
107
MIN
100
F
IND
88
UTA
118
F
SA
120
PHO
118
F
GS
124
POR
129
F(OT)

San Antonio 120, Phoenix 118

Jan 20, 2020, 9:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

3

4

T

San Antonio (19-23)

28

38

30

24

120

Phoenix (18-25)

26

25

32

35

118

Spurs cough up big lead, recover for 120-118 win over Suns
Tue Jan 21, 2020 1:01 AM

PHOENIX (AP) Bryn Forbes lived a shooter's dream during the first half on Monday night, making seven 3-pointers as the San Antonio Spurs built a big early lead.

The second half wasn't nearly as fun. But Forbes made one more from long distance and it was huge for the Spurs, who coughed up a 20-point cushion before rallying in the final minutes for a 120-118 win over the Phoenix Suns.

Forbes' eighth 3-pointer with 2:33 remaining put the Spurs up 114-113, providing a pivotal morale boost right after they had lost the lead for the first time all night. San Antonio didn't trail again and won for the fifth time in eight games.

"It felt good, man. It felt good to see a big shot go down," Forbes said. "I think my teammates did a great job finding me, slashing and kicking. Just keep shooting. It should be the same mentality always - ups, downs, keep shooting."

Derrick White scored a season-high 25 points and Forbes added 24, all on 3s. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 19 and DeMar DeRozan added 18.

San Antonio led 78-58 midway through the third quarter and 96-83 going into the fourth, but Phoenix chipped away. Suns center Deandre Ayton made two free throws with 3:55 left that tied it 108-all and capped 15-0 run. Ricky Rubio hit a layup while drawing a foul, adding the free throw to push the Suns ahead for the first time at 113-111 with 2:55 left.

"The guys in our group fight until the end and I'm proud of that," Phoenix coach Monty Williams said. "That's a DNA that we're about every day."

San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich wasn't surprised by the Suns' rally in the second half. He also wasn't surprised his team was able to recover.

"It's called basketball, it's the NBA and it happens all the time," Popovich said.

The Suns trailed 119-117 with 6.4 seconds left and Rubio had a chance to tie the game with two free throws, but missed the first attempt before making the second. Aldridge responded by making one of two free throws to leave the Spurs up 120-118 with 5.6 seconds left.

That set up a dramatic final possession, and Devin Booker missed a long 3 with about two seconds left that would have won it.

Booker led the Suns with 37 points. He had 22 during the third quarter in a nearly single-handed effort to keep Phoenix close, but his final look wasn't particularly clean. He was forced far beyond the 3-point line and shot it from about 35 feet.

"I think the whole world knew it was going to Booker," White said. "He was killing it the whole night. Just tried to make it tough and contested."

Forbes was 7 of 8 from 3-point range in the first half and made six in the second quarter. The 6-foot-3 guard peeled around a screen in the final seconds of the period, making his seventh 3 over the outstretched arm of Kelly Oubre Jr. to give the Spurs a 66-51 halftime lead.

The Suns climbed out of that hole, but couldn't get the win.

"The margin for error is zero, simple as that," Oubre said. "We have to put ourselves in a different mind-frame than where we're at. We have to think bigger picture, think of the next play, think of putting our brother before ourselves."

San Antonio made 12 of 20 shots (60%) from 3-point territory in the first half. Dario Saric and Ayton both scored 10 points for the Suns before the break. Ayton finished with 25 points and 12 rebounds for his fourth straight game of at least 20 points and 10 boards.

TIP-INS

Spurs: DeMarre Carroll and Rudy Gay both missed the game because of illness. ... The Spurs shot 17 of 31 (55%) from 3-point range.

Suns: Oubre was back in the starting lineup after missing two games while in concussion protocol. ... F Aron Baynes (left hip soreness) and G Cameron Johnson (bruised right quad) were also out. ... It was the first time since opening night that Rubio, Booker, Oubre, Saric and Ayton started in the same game. ... The Suns are one win from 19, which would match last season's total. ... Booker played the entire second half.

UP NEXT

Spurs: Play at New Orleans on Wednesday.

Suns: Host the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday.

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Leaders

San Antonio PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
D. White 25 -6 7 3 0 0
B. Forbes 24 9 2 1 0 0
Phoenix PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
D. Booker 37 6 5 7 0 0
D. Ayton 25 -5 2 12 1 1

Team Comparison

SA PHO
Points For 120 118
Field Goals 43/87-49% 42/80-52%
Three Pointers 17/31-55% 8/22-36%
Free Throws 17/22-77% 26/30-87%
Offensive Rebounds 6 8
Defensive Rebounds 25 35
Rebounds 42 49
Blocks 7 3
Steals 12 3
Turnovers 8 14
Points Scored Off Turnovers 23 14
Points in the Paint 36 44
Fast Break Points 10 8
Personal Fouls 23 19
Technical Fouls 0 0
Flagrant Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - SA Leads Series 2-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Sat Dec 14 SA 121 @ PHO 119 D. White 2 T. Johnson 2
Mon Jan 20 SA 120 @ PHO 118 P. Mills 2 J. Carter 3

Game Information

Stadium: Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, Arizona
Attendance: 14,847
Game Time: 2:15