Suns vs. Spurs: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

Suns vs. Spurs: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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Suns vs. Spurs: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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The Phoenix Suns (34-9) play against the San Antonio Spurs (28-28) at AT&T Center

Game Time: 8:30 PM EST on Monday January 17, 2022

Phoenix Suns 121, San Antonio Spurs 107 (Final)

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Devin Booker still 🔥🔥🔥
azcentral.com/story/sports/n…2:21 AM
Ishmail Wainwright @Wainright24
I love it. Idc what y’all say or think. I’m having fun and living my life.
Big Energy 😜 – 1:52 AM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
“He cares.”
Devin Booker about Gregg Popovich as the two talked after #Suns win over #Spurs.
The two won Olympic gold together in Tokyo. pic.twitter.com/qOtzQRG2VV1:04 AM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
“He’s been like that for awhile.”
“Biz is so solid.”
“I think we got like five stops in a row.”
Chris Paul on Devin Booker staying 🔥🔥🔥 Bismack Biyombo impact and the #Suns to be within striking distance after trailing Spurs by double digits in the third. pic.twitter.com/uMmi2I0ABa1:02 AM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
“Just wanted to be aggressive from the start.”
Devin Booker after his season-high 48-point night as he scored 18 in the first quarter on 7-of-10 FGs (3-of-5) from 3. #Suns pic.twitter.com/D0d7LzR9nB12:53 AM

Phoenix Suns @Suns
Good night Suns Twitter.
#DevinBooker x #NBAAllStar pic.twitter.com/YSyhIwideh12:50 AM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
“I did the points with losses, and that’s not it. I just try to win basketball games. That trumps everything.”
Devin Booker can now do the points thing and win on a team that has a knack of stepping up for each other in key moments: arizonasports.com/story/2974157/…12:44 AM
Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
The triple take: Suns 121, Spurs 107
1. Booker had 48, CP3 was CP3 but it was Bismack Biyombo who did the Spurs in.
2. The Suns were ruthless in exploiting Spurs’ turnovers.
3. Jakob Poeltl is back, and also back expressnews.com/sports/spurs/a… via @expressnews – 12:24 AM
Tom Orsborn @tom_orsborn
Keldon on Zach Collins:
“We are going to be welcoming him with open arms. He’s got that grit, that tenacity, he’s mean, he has attitude. We are looking forward to playing with him.” – 11:39 PM
Devin Booker @DevinBook
Y’all not as loud as you were last week – 11:37 PM
Tom Orsborn @tom_orsborn
The Spurs, including Pop, watched what they could of Collins playing with Austin before they faced the Suns.
“We were cheering him on. We were saying, ‘Come on Zach! Come on Zach!’ ” Keldon Johnson said. – 11:25 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Chris Paul and Devin Booker postgame. #Suns #Spurs pic.twitter.com/SgpKZIpyLd11:25 PM

Tom Orsborn @tom_orsborn
Jakob offers two reasons for optimism: The starting five is back and Zach Collins’ return to the NBA is on the horizon. – 11:21 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
“Before the game, we were watching and cheering him on. We were saying come on Zach! Come on Zach!” – Keldon Johnson said the team was watching Zach Collins’ game with Austin earlier. He said they’re all rooting for Collins’ return. He’s worked hard to comeback Keldon says. – 11:20 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
“DJ is having an amazing year, All-Star level year.” – Keldon Johnson on Dejounte Murray – 11:18 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
“They’re a very good team, they were in the championship last year. We kind of shot ourselves in the foot a couple of times with some bad turnovers. They do what they do. They have their system. They play solid defense.” – Keldon Johnson on the loss to the Suns. – 11:18 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Monty Williams said #Suns got five stops in a row on a run after being down 12 in the third.
Cut lead to one before Vassell put #Spurs up four on 3 at buzzer to end the quarter.
Phoenix outscored San Antonio 34-16 in the fourth. – 11:08 PM
Tom Orsborn @tom_orsborn
The Spurs coaching staff was shorthanded tonight after Becky Hammon entered the NBA’s health and safety protocols for the second time since January 2021.
expressnews.com/sports/spurs/a…11:07 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Monty Williams said he went with Biyombo instead of Smith because he felt #Suns needed “girth” to battle #Spurs.
Needed boards, too. Said Smith can get rebounds and even thought about putting Smith in when Landale came in
Biyombo responded with season-highs 17 points, 14 boards – 11:04 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
“Zach’s a really good basketball player. He’s just had some bad luck with injuries. He can definitely help us.” – Poeltl on Zach Collins.
Poeltl said Collins will bring more versatility to the Spurs with his ability to space the floor. – 11:03 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
“It felt fine.” – Jakob Poeltl on returning from his back injury with 23 points and 14 boards.
He said he sat out the last game more as a precautionary measure. – 11:02 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
“They’re a very good team on defense. They have a weird style on defense. It doesn’t have a regular flow, they try to disrupt a lot of our plays. We’ve seen it a few times now.” – Jakob Poeltl on the Suns’ defense – 11:01 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
The Spurs only had 12 turnovers, but Phoenix made the most of them with 23 points off turnovers.
The Spurs matched their season low in steals (3), blocks (2), and points off turnovers (4 points). – 11:00 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
“He’s shooting that thang”
“They were trying to get him 50.”
Monty Williams on Devin Booker as Williams said he didn’t even realize he had 48 points until the end of the game. #Suns10:59 PM
Phoenix Suns @Suns
GOT THE DUB. GET THE GORILLA BITES.
Download the Suns app to claim your 3 free Gorilla Bites and head to an @ATLWingsAZ in the next 24hrs!
📱 https://t.co/T8bUcCzb76 pic.twitter.com/aWTC6NS8Fm10:59 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
“Should be no question at all that he’s an All-star.” Monty Williams on Devin Booker. #Suns #NBAAllStar pic.twitter.com/T9sQZy9jPu10:59 PM

Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
The Suns scored an opponent season high 28 points from mid-range.
The Suns made 64% of their mid-rangers.
Booker and Paul combined for 20 of the 28 mid-range points. – 10:57 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
The Spurs fall to 1-13 when an opponent scores 120 or more points. – 10:55 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
The @PHNX_Suns postgame show is going live now!
Book drops 48, Bismack comes up big and the Suns’ calvary shows up in the 4Q:
https://t.co/XHuiIx5jZn pic.twitter.com/wulCtES6vH10:54 PM

Matthew Tynan @Matthew_Tynan
You had a feeling once the Spurs lost the non-CP3 minutes late 3rd/early 4th it was probably curtains unless they steadied the ship quickly, but they went the other direction. Five turnovers in the fourth kinda sealed the deal. – 10:51 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
“Even though they didn’t have Ayton, they know what they’re doing.” – Coach Pop on the Suns, who have a very good defense he said. – 10:48 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
The Spurs drop to 14-7 when building a double digit lead.
Phoenix has 2 of those 7 comebacks for the opponent. – 10:46 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Devin Booker tonight:
48 PTS
5 REB
6 AST
3 STL
He ties Amar’e Stoudemire for most 40+ point games by a Suns player with 15. pic.twitter.com/VB23iCMyJv10:45 PM

Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
The Spurs fall to the Suns by 14.
The Spurs are now…
…16-28 overall
…8-13 at home
…9-17 against the West pic.twitter.com/J2j8cgNtan10:43 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
48 points later, Devin Booker leaves court. #Suns 121, #Spurs 107 Final.
He talked to his #TeamUSA coach, Gregg Popovich after the game. pic.twitter.com/YA5hePVfLh10:43 PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Final: PHX 121, SAS 107
Booker: 48 Pts, 6 Ast, 5 Reb, 3 Stl, 18-33 FG, 5-13 3P
Biyombo: 17 Pts, 14 Reb
Paul: 15 Pts, 12 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk
Poeltl: 23 Pts, 14 Reb, 4 Ast – 10:42 PM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
Devin Booker in the 3 games since The Raptor:
• 37.7 Points Per Game
• 3-0 – 10:41 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Devin Booker ends the night with 48 points. That’s tied for the fourth-most points he’s scored in a game in his career. Monty let him get 2 shots at 50 and then took him out (rightfully so) – 10:40 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
The Spurs enter 1-16 when falling behind by 15 points.
Pop has pulled the starters for San Antonio – 10:38 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
48 points for Devin Booker and there’s still 2:49 left in this game
15 points from three
14 paint points
12 points from mid-range
7 points from the FT line
Suns by 15 – 10:37 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Booker now with 48.
Whatever Monty Williams said to him just left Booker smiling ear to ear.
#Suns up 119-104 with 2:49 left.
Timeout #Spurs. – 10:37 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Suns up 32-13 in the 4th quarter. Spurs aren’t great this year, but turning it on on the second night of a back-to-back shouldn’t be this easy – 10:37 PM
John Schuhmann @johnschuhmann
Today @ ATL was the Bucks’ first loss (they were previously 23-0) after taking a lead into the 4th quarter.
That leaves the Suns (27-0) as the only undefeated team when leading after the 3rd.
nba.com/standings?Grou…10:37 PM
Phoenix Suns @Suns
46 POINTS. YOU READ THAT RIGHT.
@Devin Booker x #NBAAllStar pic.twitter.com/j7tSRV29Tg10:36 PM

Matthew Tynan @Matthew_Tynan
This is exactly what Chris Paul did to the Spurs in the fourth quarter the last time these teams played. Just in total control, getting anything he and the offense wants. Spurs compounding the problem with bad turnovers. – 10:35 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
CP3 to Devin Booker in transition for his 45th and 46th points of the game pic.twitter.com/XuMhgVjSGH10:34 PM

Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
Suns are up by 13 with 4 minutes left.
Booker with 46 points, CP3 with 15 points.
The Spurs need to go on an 8-0 run to at least get this game to crunch time. – 10:33 PM
Phoenix Suns @Suns
SO MANY POINTS!
HOW WE FEELING? – 10:32 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Booker with lob finish of Paul pass.
Both smiled after play.
#Suns up 115-102 with 4:03 left in the game. Timeout #Spurs. – 10:32 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
4th Quarter Suns are here. They’re up 24-11 to start the period, back up by 11 – 10:30 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
“Don’t give it back” Monty Williams telling #Suns.
Up 111-102.
Oh yeah, Booker is back in the game – 10:30 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
The Spurs enter 2-25 when falling behind by 10 points. – 10:30 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Poeltl found himself on Paul island.
Not the place you want to be if you’re a big man.
Pullup jumper. #Suns up 111-100 with 5:40 left – 10:30 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
Suns by 9, their new largest lead of the game – 10:29 PM
Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
Suns doing what championship-quality teams do on the second night of a b2b in January. Spurs hanging around, but Suns making all the plays they need in the fourth quarter.
Only saw it around these parts for 100 years or so. – 10:29 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
21 point night for Jakob Poeltl
14 paint points
5 points from the FT line
2 points from mid-range
Suns by 5 – 10:27 PM
Tom Orsborn @tom_orsborn
Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon has entered the league’s health and safety protocols, per Spurs. It’s her second time in protocols after a stint in January 2021. – 10:27 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Booker getting a rest.
When would you put him back in? #Suns up five as Paul scores. – 10:27 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
I’m confused.
Think Biyombo has 15 and Payne got the bucket counted for him.
Heard them talking about it at scores table. Could be wrong.
In the meantime, #Suns 103-98 as Cam Johnson spins, dribbles and hits tough contested transition layup.
Timeout Spurs. 7:44 left in game – 10:26 PM
Phoenix Suns @Suns
BOOK IS ON A MISSION!
@Devin Booker #NBAAllStar pic.twitter.com/HRpIQiubFz10:26 PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
The rest of the Suns showing up in the 4th quarter to help Devin Booker out: pic.twitter.com/yP45h4926j10:24 PM
Phoenix Suns @Suns
No look to Bismack. 👀 pic.twitter.com/UW0ktqcpWj10:23 PM

Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
Plus-minus numbers for this game are wild. Spurs are up one, and all four bench players who have played are double-digits negatives. – 10:21 PM
San Antonio Spurs @spurs
🚨🚨🚨
Dev was right on time with this triple! pic.twitter.com/KnIKcIeNjx10:20 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Booker with 44 (5-of-10 on 3s).
#Suns up one as Payne hits 3. – 10:19 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Devin Booker has tied Amar’e Stoudemire for the most 40-point games in Suns franchise history with 15. He’s played in 71 fewer games than STAT did – 10:17 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Booker 15-of-26
Biyombo 6-of-9
Total: 21-of-35.
Rest of #Suns: 14-of-39 – 10:17 PM
Matthew Tynan @Matthew_Tynan
“Bismack Biyombo is absolutely destroying the Spurs right now” is not a thing I expected to ever say to someone in the year of our lord 2022. – 10:17 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
3Q: Spurs by 4
SA takes the 3Q 35-28
Spurs +5 from the FT line
Suns +6 from mid-range pic.twitter.com/Tv6aE1ZTQH10:16 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Biyombo with 13 points and 13 boards, a season-high for boards.
Booker with 41, but #Suns down four after three quarters.
San Antonio 91, Phoenix 87. – 10:16 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
End of 3Q: SAS 91, PHX 87
Booker: 41 Pts, 5 Ast, 15-26 FG
Biyombo: 13 Pts, 13 Reb
Paul: 9 Pts, 10 Ast
Poeltl: 19 Pts, 11 Reb, 4 Ast – 10:15 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
41 points for Devin Booker in 3 quarters
Spurs by 1 – 10:15 PM
Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050
The Raptors have gone toe to toe with 3 contenders (Suns/Bucks/Heat) over the last week. Would’ve been nice to come away with more than 1 win given the effort, and kicking away the Detroit game sure stings, but an encouraging stretch if you can separate process from result. – 10:14 PM
Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
The Spurs’ bench struggling to outscore Bismack Biyombo is something of an issue. Starters are playing great. – 10:14 PM
Phoenix Suns @Suns
New season-high for @Devin Booker. 📈 #NBAAllStar10:13 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
And there’s a 15-2 Suns run in just under 3 minutes. Booker is up to a season-high 39 and still has another quarter to go. – 10:12 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Landale hits 3, something Williams talked about before game about the #Spurs backup big.
#Suns down two with 1:12 left. – 10:12 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
13 points for Bismack Biyombo off the bench with Ayton out tonight.
That Spurs 12 point lead is gone. Suns by 1 again
Booker 39 points in 3 quarters – 10:12 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Biyombo once again a spark. Has 13 and 9.
Booker scores in transition. Fouled.
Hits FT.
Has 39. #Suns up one.
#Suns take lead as – 10:11 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Devin Booker is that dude. – 10:11 PM
Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
Pop wanted Landale to take that top of the arc 3. He didn’t, and immediately turned it over. Booker and-1 the other way gives Phoenix 85-84 lead, moments after Spurs were up 12. – 10:11 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Booker keeping #Suns close. Has 36. Down 4. – 10:10 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
#Suns down 8 with 3:36 left as Biyombo with the flush.
Phoenix is just 7-of-23 from 3, but another problem is keeping #Spurs off offensive glass.
San Antonio has 11 offensive rebounds.
When Suns big shows on guard on pick-and-roll, #Spurs big is going hard to glass. – 10:09 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Devin Booker: 34 Pts, 13-22 FG
Rest of Suns: 42 points, 18-41 FG – 10:07 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Chris Paul drew tech after Bismack Biyombo was fouled on play Monday night in San Antonio.
Paul kept talking to referee Kevin Cutler, who referred Sunday’s #Suns-#Pistons game in Detroit. pic.twitter.com/4lBO9YLUL610:05 PM

Phoenix Suns @Suns
Breaking 30.
#DevinBooker x #NBAAllStar pic.twitter.com/dfn7nLmSUC10:04 PM

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Suns will need to either find another source of offense not named Devin or pick up the defense to get back in this one. Third quarter has been rough on both ends. Now down 8. – 10:04 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
The Spurs enter 14-6 when leading by double digits this season.
They’ve led by double digits in back to back games now, something they hadn’t done since December 26. – 10:02 PM
Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
Not for nothing, but Jakob Poeltl has made 10 of his past 14 foul shots. – 10:00 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Crowder with four fouls.
Johnson in.
Now this could lead to Smith playing in the second half.
#Suns down 75-68. – 9:58 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Three straight games with 30+ points for Devin Booker. – 9:58 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
30 points for Devin Booker in 3 quarters
12 points from three
8 points from mid-range
6 paint points
4 free throws
Spurs by 5 – 9:58 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Booker with a third straight 30-point game as he has 30.
#Suns down 73-68. – 9:57 PM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
The Coyote debuts “The Cone of Silence” when Devin Booker steps to the free throw line. pic.twitter.com/FLs2yEdTb79:56 PM

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Cardinals go to halftime and the channel swappers are immediately smacked in the face with a 13-2 Spurs run. Arizona sports care not for your well being – 9:55 PM
Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
Jakob Poeltl has 15 points and 10 rebounds with 7:40 still left in the third quarter. He’s having a good night in his return from a back issue. – 9:54 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
15 points for Jakob Poeltl
10 paint points
3 points from the FT LINE
2 points from mid-range
Spurs match their largest lead of 8 from the 1st half
SA winning the 3Q 17-6 right now – 9:54 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Poeltl is making McGee work in seeking offensive boards.
Looks like Biyombo is checking in for him.
Jalen Smith has yet to play. He’s played some five since Ayton and McGee returned, but Williams is trying him at the four.
With Cam Johnson back, that’s eating up minutes. #Suns9:54 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Spurs are on a 17-6 run to start the 3Q, and suddenly they’re up 8 – 9:53 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
18 points for Dejounte Murray
8 paint points
6 points from three
2 points from mid-range
2 points from the foul line
Spurs by 1 – 9:50 PM
Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
Lonely Spurs fan, apparently tired of seeing Booker light up the home team: “Try passing it, you ball hog!” – 9:48 PM
San Antonio Spurs @spurs
“Now is the time to make justice a reality for all.”
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
#MLKDay pic.twitter.com/Pph4GDaSMf9:47 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Jae Crowder just threw the ball out to a kid in the crowd, who threw the ball back to him while #Suns were warming up before start of 2nd half. – 9:45 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
#Suns Pulse: Best record midway point, Booker vs. ‘Raptor’ and back-to-back 30-point react (w/videos) azcentral.com/story/sports/n… via @azcentral9:41 PM
Phoenix Suns @Suns
“Now is the time to make justice a reality for all.”
#MLKDay pic.twitter.com/5RmLD10Tpp9:41 PM

Phoenix Suns @Suns
Close contest thus far. pic.twitter.com/kCrPEUbGA39:38 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
#Suns 59 #Spurs 56 Half.
PHX: Booker 25 (10-of-16 FGs, 4-of-7 3PT). Ayton (ankle) out. Team: Only one turnover (That led to zero San Antonio points).
SAS: Dejounte Murray 13 points, six rebounds. Team: 4 turnovers (lead to six Phoenix points).
Biggest lead: Suns 7, Spurs 8. – 9:37 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
Shooting stats at the half for the Spurs and Suns
Those free throws and efficient shooting in the paint helped SA stay close to PHX despite the Spurs struggling on their jumpers pic.twitter.com/gvWQC0M1s09:36 PM

San Antonio Spurs @spurs
Keeping it close at the half pic.twitter.com/J5ksjiFIOV9:34 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
“Ball don’t lie.”
Jae Crowder to the referee after Doug McDermott missed 1st FT after Crowder was called for a block.
“He’s looking you in the eyes.” One fan said to ref about Crowder.
“Don’t let him talk to you like that.” 2nd fan said to the ref.
#Suns up 59-56 at half. – 9:33 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
Half: Suns by 3
Both teams score 27 in the 2Q
Spurs narrowly winning mid-range and the FT line
Suns barely winning paint and up 21-15 from three pic.twitter.com/MIwYF3d7po9:33 PM

Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
Spurs trail 59-56 at half, keeping it close despite 25 points from Devin Booker. Murray has 13 points and six boards to lead Spurs in both categories. – 9:31 PM
Phoenix Suns @Suns
Scoring with the quick touch on the lob. pic.twitter.com/wWZNjOjWWd9:31 PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Halftime: PHX 59, SAS 56
Booker: 25 Pts, 10-16 FG, 4-7 3P
Paul: 7 Pts, 8 Ast
Biyombo: 7 Pts, 6 Reb
Murray: 13 Pts, 6 Reb – 9:30 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Devin Booker is up to 25 points in 16 minutes if I can entice you into a potential channel swap – 9:29 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Booker has gone nuclear. Again.
Has 25 (4-of-6 on 3s), but #Spurs just down four with 24.3 seconds left. #Suns9:29 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Biyombo in for McGee. Got 1:59 left in half.
#Suns up four under two as Biyombo gets steal that leads to Booker layup. . – 9:28 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
#Suns up 49-45 as Booker has 20, but they got a big boost from Bismack Biyombo, who scored seven off the bench.
3:38 left in 1st half. – 9:24 PM
Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
On the one hand, Spurs have to be happy they are hanging around despite a fairly dreadful shooting half.
On the other, imagine if more of these wide-open 3-looks were going down? – 9:24 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Been watching from media room while writing #Suns Pulse.
Finally done.
Come out here and go where I sat last time. Section 107. Upper level.
No seat. WTH?
Lady says, “Check seat chart over there.”
Oh what do we have here?
Courtside again?
Thanks #Spurs. Appreciate it. pic.twitter.com/uuEh8Skjte9:23 PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Suns on an 8-2 run after back-to-back Crowder 3s, but man is this team fun to watch on the defensive end. We don’t talk about that enough – 9:22 PM
Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
JaVale McGee and Keldon Johnson jump ball. Just like Team USA practice in Tokyo, maybe. – 9:20 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
I love when Mikal Bridges fakes the handoff to a guard curling around him and puts the ball on the floor going in the opposite direction. That first dribble creates MASSIVE space – 9:19 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Bismack Biyombo deserves a ton of credit for keeping himself in such remarkable shape despite being away from basketball for almost a year all while dealing with personal loss. Him producing like this is such a luxury for the Suns – 9:12 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Some excellent Biyombo minutes have stabilized the Suns on both ends. 18-7 run for Phoenix. – 9:11 PM
Phoenix Suns @Suns
Your Western Conference Player of the Week
#DevinBooker x #NBAAllStar pic.twitter.com/ufbBKyrZPq9:10 PM

Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
Devin Booker, meanwhile, has 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting, which is a pretty good night in the first quarter. – 9:06 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
1Q: Suns by 3
Murray 7 pts | Booker 18 pts
McDermott 6 pts | Paul 5 pts
PHX winning paint and mid-range
Spurs winning FT line – 9:06 PM
Phoenix Suns @Suns
18 point quarter. 👀
#DevinBooker x #NBAAllStar pic.twitter.com/bQ9puVmOeE9:05 PM

Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
Spurs were rolling, then (mostly) second unit finishes 1Q 0 for 9. One point in final 4:58 of the frame.
These kind of droughts are killer. Suns lead 32-29 after 1Q. – 9:05 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
End of 1Q: PHX 32, SAS 29
Booker: 18 Pts, 7-10 FG
Rest of Suns: 14 Pts, 6-16 FG
Murray: 7 Pts, 4 Reb, 3 Ast
Suns close 1Q on a 12-1 run – 9:05 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
If the Cardinals game happens to go south, Devin Booker is going to do his damndest to make AZ fans feel better tonight – 8:58 PM
Tom Orsborn @tom_orsborn
Zach said he viewed tonight as part of the process and that he expects to be “pretty emotional” when he plays in his 1st game w/ the Spurs:
“It felt good to be a normal basketball player again. And now it’s dealing w/ the regular soreness of games & not dealing w/ the ankle.” – 8:58 PM
Phoenix Suns @Suns
BOOK COOKIN’ EARLY.
#DevinBooker x #NBAAllStar pic.twitter.com/EQY9Ci9PJB8:55 PM

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Biyombo over Smith for the backup 5 minutes. Not surprising but notable – 8:55 PM
Tom Orsborn @tom_orsborn
Zach Collins said he “believes” the plan is for him to play one more game with Austin on Friday.
“Then after that, if that goes well, and the ankle responds to that well, then I should be going back up (to the Spurs),” he said. – 8:55 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Devin Booker had 15 first-quarter points the other day.
He has 16 in his first 7 minutes tonight – 8:54 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Booker gets his second foul with 5 minutes to go in the first. He’s got 13 of the Suns’ 17 points and is staying in – 8:54 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Booker with 13 of #Suns 17 points on 5-of-6 shooting, but Phoenix down 25-17. – 8:53 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
13 points for Devin Booker in the 1Q. He’s scored from everywhere.
6 points from three
4 points from mid-range
2 points in the paint
1 FT
The Spurs are winning the 3PT line early 9-6
Spurs by 3 – 8:51 PM
San Antonio Spurs @spurs
BACK TO BACK TO BACK ‼️
3️⃣ triples in a row! – 8:48 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Spurs up 18-12. They’ve given #Suns two tough ones.
No surprise here at the start. – 8:47 PM
Phoenix Suns @Suns
Well that was a quick 10.
@Devin Booker x #NBAAllStar8:44 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Devin Booker: 8 points, 3-3 FG
San Antonio Spurs: 6 points, 3-4 FG – 8:44 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Devin Booker is still hot. He’s scored the Suns’ first 8 points of the game in the opening 2 minutes. – 8:43 PM
Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
Devin Booker going to score all the points tonight if Spurs aren’t careful – 8:43 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Devin Booker. Still got the hot hand – 8:42 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Booker again. 4-2 #Susn8:41 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Tie game. Booker, Murray exchange baskets. #Suns8:41 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Suns, who have the same amount of first downs as the Cardinals, are about to get underway in San Antonio. – 8:39 PM
Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
Suns: Paul, Booker, Bridges, Crowder, McGee
Spurs: Murray, White, Johnson, McDermott, Poeltl – 8:38 PM
Tom Orsborn @tom_orsborn
Suns starters: Paul, Booker, Bridges, Crowder, McGee. – 8:37 PM
San Antonio Spurs @spurs
Another night of fun in the DA as we take on the Suns!
Enter the Spurs Digital Arena pres. by @socios for your chance to win $50 in Spurs Pay! pic.twitter.com/wCzDyGKy1t8:36 PM

Tom Orsborn @tom_orsborn
Per Spurs tweet, Pop is going with his preferred lineup of Murray, White, Johnson, McDermott and Poeltl.
Pop indicated during his pre-game media session he might continue bringing D White off the bench until Tre Jones returned from protocols. – 8:34 PM
Tom Orsborn @tom_orsborn
In 19 minutes as a starter in Austin’s win over the Vipers, Zach Collins had 8 points on 4 of 10 (0 of 3 from distance) and 3 blocks.
Primo finished with 21 points on 6 of 11 (2 of 4 from deep), 5 assists and 5 steals. – 8:32 PM
San Antonio Spurs @spurs
First five out 🔥
#PorVida pic.twitter.com/oeipmTLUlP8:28 PM

San Antonio Spurs @spurs
#MLKDay hoops!
🆚 @Phoenix Suns
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Phoenix Suns @Suns
The starters vs. San Antonio pic.twitter.com/CqLhxqkMvi8:00 PM

Phoenix Suns @Suns
😎
#DevinBooker x #NBAAllStar pic.twitter.com/5osGeKCsx67:46 PM

San Antonio Spurs @spurs
Monday night fits 😎
#ULTRADrip | #GoSpursGo pic.twitter.com/lV0NdtcyjX7:39 PM

Jim Lefko @jimlefko
San Antonio’s Jewish leaders react to Colleyville synagogue attack news4sanantonio.com/news/local/san…7:39 PM
Phoenix Suns @Suns
Tonight’s @BannerHealth Health update: pic.twitter.com/pmR404H4CZ7:30 PM

San Antonio Spurs @spurs
from Rainier Beach to the Alamo City 💯
@Dejounte Murray has grown throughout his journey to become an #NBAAllStar caliber player 📈
@RainierBeach206 | @UW_MBB | #PorVida pic.twitter.com/T1SlOl30k37:18 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
“It’s just a reminder of how blessed we are to get to do what we do.”
Monty Williams on playing on #MartinLutherKingDay .
#Suns at #Spurs tonight.. pic.twitter.com/wuJ60tSpGX7:14 PM

Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
Derrick White will come off bench again tonight, per Pop. Sounds like White will be asked to run the second unit as long as Tre Jones remains in protocols. – 7:06 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Cam Johnson (ankle) in. #Suns7:05 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
“Tell me that Paul, Ayton and Booker didn’t show.” #Spurs coach Gregg Popovich joked to open pregame not knowing Deandre Ayton was out with an ankle injury. #Suns pic.twitter.com/QKoJY327Jk7:05 PM

Tom Orsborn @tom_orsborn
Pop said there is no timetable for how long Zach Collins’ stint with Austin will last:
“He’s been out for a long time, I mean a really long time. He needs this to get his rhythm back and to feel comfortable and have confidence in himself, physically, as much as playing-wise.” – 7:04 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
“They started the year with P&R where the big dove, now they have a guy in Landale who can pick and pop.” – Suns Coach Monty Williams on the Spurs’ offense spacing more with the addition of Landale to the rotation. – 7:04 PM
Tom Orsborn @tom_orsborn
Pop indicated that D White will continue to come off the bench – at least until Tre Jones returns from health and safety protocols.
“Tre is not here, so we need that backup point,” Pop said. – 7:02 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Despite latest setback, Suns are pushing through injuries back toward normalcy – https://t.co/hEs1YKRxHq via @PHNX_Suns pic.twitter.com/s4Dg1Efg477:02 PM

Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
Suns coach Monty Williams says Cameron Johnson will play tonight. – 7:01 PM
Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
Pop was a few minutes joining his pregame presser. The reason? He was in the back watching footage of Zach Collins’ G League debut. – 6:59 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
Couldn’t hear the question clearly, but it sounded like Pop said Derrick White would continue to come off the bench until Tre Jones returns from H&S protocols. – 6:58 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
“He’s been out for a long time, I mean a really long time. He needs his rhythm to come back to feel comfortable.” – Coach Pop on Zach Collins playing in the G-League as he gets ready to return from his injury.
Pop says he was just watching some of Collins’ game with Austin – 6:54 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
“He’s back,” says Coach Pop of Jakob Poeltl – 6:52 PM
Phoenix Suns @Suns
Got three uniforms on this week’s schedule!
@PayPal Jersey Lineup | #ValleyProud pic.twitter.com/Hh4hCy5z9A5:46 PM

Tom Orsborn @tom_orsborn
Lonnie Walker spoke passionately this morning about what Martin Luther King Jr. Day means to him.
“…If it wasn’t for him, Lord knows where this world would be right now,” Lonnie said.
expressnews.com/sports/spurs/a…5:35 PM
Tom Orsborn @tom_orsborn
Zach Collins’ positive vibe and sartorial splendor will be missed on the Spurs bench tonight, but his teammates are glad he’ll be spending the time on the court in Austin.
“It’s been a long journey for him,” Doug McDermott said.
expressnews.com/sports/spurs/a…5:32 PM
Phoenix Suns @Suns
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Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
A concern for Clippers: They’re fouling way too much, which is a surprise.
It was an issue after halftime in San Antonio. And it was an issue today vs Pacers in second quarter. And Spurs/Pacers are two of the worst teams in the league at getting to the line. – 4:47 PM
San Antonio Spurs @spurs
when it’s a 2-for-1 #NBAAllStar voting day 😏
@Dejounte Murray | #Euphoria | #PorVida pic.twitter.com/brwEFB3hRu4:34 PM

Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen
Former Rockets forward Anthony Lamb headed back to the RGV Vipers after his 10-day contract with the Spurs expired. Lamb played eight minutes in two games with the Spurs. – 4:32 PM
Phoenix Suns @Suns
Take a quick stop and retweet.
@Deandre Ayton x #NBAAllStar pic.twitter.com/t9PiHyTRdm4:30 PM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Clippers have 40 first quarter points for the first time since April. They played multiple games last week where they didn’t score 40 by halftime.
LA up 40-25, making more FTs already (9/9) than they attempted for the whole game Saturday night in San Antonio. – 4:10 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Devin Booker named Western Conference player of the week for the second time this season, 5th time in his #NBA career. #Suns pic.twitter.com/OoGNR55W1Q3:46 PM

Emiliano Carchia @Sportando
Devin Booker, Darius Garland named NBA Players of the Week sportando.basketball/en/devin-booke…3:44 PM
Michael De Leon @mdeleon
To tank or win: Spurs remain stuck determining their identity projectspurs.com/2022/01/17/to-… by @rockssjr #PorVida3:43 PM
Phoenix Suns @Suns
Quite the week indeed.
🌟 Your RT counts as 2 votes 🌟
@Devin Booker x #NBAAllStar pic.twitter.com/r9adO6OSUZ3:43 PM

Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
For the 3rd time this season, Dejounte Murray has been named a Western Conference Player of the Week nominee – 3:35 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Devin Booker has been named Western Conference of the week:
27.0 PPG
4.3 RPG
3.3 APG
46.4 FG%
3-0 record pic.twitter.com/2wyw5jXhIo3:34 PM
Chris Herring @Herring_NBA
Due to unforeseen circumstances, not gonna be able to do my virtual book talk w Zach Lowe Wednesday. (Hopefully another time. He’s the best.) But the event will go on. The great Spike Lee will be hosting instead. Can get your ticket—and signed book—here eventbrite.com/e/chris-herrin…3:34 PM
San Antonio Spurs @spurs
“Today we look back at how it all began. A celebration of his message and the inspiration of his words. To be better yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Today the legacy lives on.”
A tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. narrated by @seanelliott_32 🙏
#MLKDay | #PorVida pic.twitter.com/l2T6u3jPtu3:33 PM

James Boyd @RomeovilleKid
#NBA announced its players of the week.
East: Cavaliers guard Darius Garland (#RegionProud)
West: Suns guard Devin Booker, who scored a game-high 35 points in a win over the #Pacers on Friday. – 3:32 PM
Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
Cavs guard Darius Garland and Suns guard Devin Booker have been named the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively. – 3:32 PM
Phoenix Suns @Suns
An #NBAAllStar caliber week for @Devin Booker. pic.twitter.com/pAxdqTWX9u3:31 PM

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Devin Booker has been named Western Conference Player of the Week – 3:31 PM
JD Shaw @JShawNBA
NBA’s Players of the Week for Week 13: Suns guard Devin Booker and Cavaliers guard Darius Garland. – 3:30 PM
Cody Taylor @CodyTaylorNBA
Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker and Cleveland Cavaliers guard Darius Garland have been named the NBA Western and Eastern Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for Week 13 of the 2021-22 season (Jan. 10 – 16). pic.twitter.com/xk7eBSAzBx3:30 PM

Shams Charania @ShamsCharania
NBA Players of the Week for Week 13: Suns guard Devin Booker and Cavaliers guard Darius Garland. – 3:30 PM
Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
Phoenix’s Devin Booker and Cleveland’s Darius Garland were just named West and East Player of the Week by the NBA.
More NBA from me: marcstein.Substack.com3:30 PM
Jae Crowder @CJC9BOSS
HONORED TO BE ABLE TO PLAY ON SUCH A SPECIAL DAY.! DR. KING MAY YOUR MANY MESSAGES & LOVE CONTINUE ON.! LOVE IS LOVE.! #MLK🙏🏾💜🙏🏾 – 3:05 PM
Phoenix Suns @Suns
The double-double king deserves your double vote!
#NBAAllStar x @Deandre Ayton pic.twitter.com/2xOI2h5xdO3:00 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
#Suns center Deandre Ayton ruled out of Monday’s game at San Antonio with right ankle sprain
azcentral.com/story/sports/n… via @azcentral2:55 PM

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